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Native American Creatives: Seth Thomas Sutton (February 2022)


Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:30pm in Olscamp 101

Sharing Narratives

Shaping Narratives is an Emmy-nominated series centers the experiences of Indigenous and minoritized individuals through reclaiming of heritage and the process of unlearning colonial structures and thinking.

Seth Thomas Sutton


Seth Thomas Sutton is a Métis descendant of the North Shore Band, waganakasing Odawa (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Springs, MI). An artist, scholar, author, and activist, Seth is also the chair of the Arts & Humanities Department at Montcalm Community College. He is an award-winning professor whose artistic works, scholarship, pedagogy, and activism address an array of topics including cultural criticism, postcolonialism, critical race theory, Tribal sovereignty, Indigenous art & activism, visual arts, art history, anthropology, sociology, and visual rhetoric.

Seth Thomas Sutton's Website

Seth's Latest Project

"The Deconstruction of Chief Blackhawk is a qualitative critical analysis of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks’ mascot, Chief Blackhawk. Through a decolonizing deconstruction of various Indigenous stereotypes, this book examines the ethical and moral consequences of the continued use of disparaging Indigenous imagery for professional sports mascots, dominant White society’s reliance on the Indian as the measure of American identity, and the ramifications of colonial control of Indigenous agency, thereby justifying Westward Expansion."

wiinwaa niizhaasing (We the 7th)

The Emmy-nominated documentary, wwiinwaa niizhaasing (We the 7th), shares stories of the Indigenous communities of Standing Rock and West Michigan.

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