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Embodied Landscapes: A Creation-Research Indigenous Métissage


Embodied Landscapes: A Creation-Research Indigenous Métissage

St. Georges, Darlene (2020) Embodied Landscapes: A Creation-Research Indigenous Métissage. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Embodied Landscapes: A Creation-Research Indigenous Métissage (EL) is a self-study inquiry about identity and subjectivity fostered by the seed of my research journey of retrieving my Métis identity. It is a storying journey through entrenched notions of identity and identity politics in a Canadian colonial context. EL is a creation story that moves through the experiential forces of subjectivity by using a creation-based Indigenous métissage spiral (IM Spiral). This inquiry approach is rooted in Indigenous epistemologies and creative and literary research practices of poetic inquiry, métissage, and artmaking. I use my own photos, images, poems, and stories for weaving, mixing, and layering artistic assemblages. EL values knowledge embedded in and generated from experiences, memories, intuitions, dreams, visions, and ancestral wisdom, and recognizes being, as in-motion and relational.
EL contains hyperlinks to a creative productionEmbodied Landscapes: Digital Exhibit (ELDE). The two components are synthesized through a métissage of embodied personal and sociopolitical complexities, challenges, and expression. Through discussion, presentation, and engagement with the viewer/reader, EL and ELDE reveal an approach to inquiry, living curriculum (Aoki, 2005), and pedagogy rooted in relationships and in ways of being, knowing, doing, and learning with/in creation itself.
ELDE encompasses theories and methods that invoke an interplay among theoretical, curricular, and pedagogical frameworks. The Spiral sets in motion my Self evolution through forward, backward, inward, and outward movements, around and through realms of experience. This evokes a multi-textural dialogue propelling my being as an historical subject, a community member, a researcher, an artist, a poet, a teacher, and a Métis woman. Subjective experiences, memories, and reflections of my research journey culminate with emerging pedagogical values and are discussed in context of inspiriting the arts curriculum.
This thesis addresses the contemporary Canadian controversy over Métis identity. It critically explores the role that subjectivity plays in identification, self-understanding, learning, and ways of being and living in the world. It offers a creation-research approach and a means of exploring Self as a site of inquiry.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:St. Georges, Darlene
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Art Education
Date:4 March 2020
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sinner, Anita
Keywords:Self-study, creation-research, Indigenous métissage, arts-based inquiry, poetic inquiry, storying, curriculum and pedagogy, Indigenous epistemology, Métis identity
ID Code:986826
Deposited On:25 Jun 2020 18:26
Last Modified:20 Jul 2022 19:17
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