Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities


In this paper, I reflect on my experiences as an Anishinaabekwe, Sicangu Oyate queer woman organizing at Macalester College and beyond–that have shaped my major research interests on the convergences of Indigenous intergenerational healing, art, and youth organizing. From the fight to assert Anishinaabe sovereignty against the Line 3 oil pipeline in Northern Minnesota to honoring the lives of Black relatives who were stolen by Minnesotan police forces, 2020-2021 have been years of massive social upheaval. What does Black and Indigenous solidarity/co-resistance look like today, in the past and how can it continue here in Mni Sota Makoce? How is this work limited at a predominantly white institution such as Macalester College? Building on the work of Macalester Alum Guy Chinang ’20 how do institutions that practice neoliberal multiculturalism constrain radically emancipatory futures? What are the possibilities opened through intergenerational healing, art, and youth organizing? I argue that the collaborative community space opened through Powwow X: Expanded Cinema here at Macalester College–presented by Missy Whiteman and organized by P.I.P.E. and the DML on November 19th, 2021–models the abilities of art, activism, and ceremony to help Black and Indigenous peoples heal and generate new worlds. The beauty of Black and Indigenous solidarity work needs to be recognized and celebrated, while also practicing truth-telling and accountability.

Author Biography

Zoe Allen is an Anishinaabe, Lakota citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Nation. She has lived in Minnesota her whole life and calls the White Earth Nation home.


This paper has been submitted as an abstract only.

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