Waawaashkeshiwi // Aanikoobijigan

Dylan Miner

May 12 - Jun 30, 2017

In November 2016 - almost 110 years to the day that Narcise Miner was arrested for poaching – Dylan Miner returned to the Georgian Bay region, close to Parry Sound on the shores of Lake Huron, with the hopes of harvesting waawaashkeshiwi-wiiyaas. Miner’s experiences on the land, along with his family visits and subsequent shared stories form the base of Waawaashkeshi //Aanikoobijigan. This new exhibition is the latest installation of Dylan Miner’s ongoing exploration and reconnection to his gichi-aanikoobijigan’s (grandfather’s grandfather) arrest for hunting deer in November of 1906. Miner’s project began in May 2016 at Artspace with the exhibition WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS. What initially began as an act of reclamation of both his gichi-aanikoobijigan’s story and Indigenous rights to subsistence hunting and harvesting, has evolved into a complex reconnection with familial history and futurity. Waawaashkeshi //Aanikoobijigan will consist of film and video collected during Miner’s trip to Parry Sound, and will coincide with the release of a risograph publication I conjunction with Issue Press out of Grand Rapids, MI.


Dylan AT Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is currently Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studiesand Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship through the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Miner has been featured in more than twenty solo exhibitions – with many more planned in the near future – and has been artist-in-residence or visiting artist at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and low-residency MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press. Miner is currently completing a book on Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism, Autonomy and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I must learn). In 2016, Miner has had solo exhibitions in Ontario and Vancouver, conducted a workshop in Chile, done a residency at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and exhibited work in Sweden and at the Banff Centre.