CHERRY SMILEY

Order Not Sacred, Not Squaws: Indigenous Feminism Redefined

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about me

I am a (radical) feminist from the Nlaka’pamux and Diné Nations. I like to:

  • make art;
  • read, write, think, do, and say things that I think are important (even if I’m not supposed to);
  • ask why and why not;
  • laugh at my own jokes;
  • continue to learn about all kinds of things;
  • work with other women as part of the women’s liberation movement;
  • do things on my own terms.

I work on very serious and painful issues on a daily basis so
I find serious and non-serious fun whenever I can.

It has taken me a very long time to gather most parts of myself together.
It’s also taken a very long time to do so without debilitating fear.

I hold a PhD in communication studies from Concordia University in Montreal, an MFA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and a BA from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in Kelowna.

      Art

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    2019 digital collage Dr. Genevieve Bell has stated that in the early nineteenth century, experts [men] decided that women's bodies were not able to travel at 50 miles per hour. if accelerated to that speed on a train, they [men] believed our uteruses would fly right...

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    dear settlers

    please accept this information about ze Indigenous heritage and Indigenous community connections in application for the tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Indian Affairs ze mean the Department of Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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    read this

    2019 digital image I fixed an advertisement that encouraged women to change their bodies in an attempt to make themselves more attractive to men.

    WRITING

    I’ve been published in the Globe & MailPolicy Options, and Herizons. I have also published articles as an author and co-author on different blogs, in peer-reviewed academic and other journals, and in the edited books Feminism and Art History Now: Radical Critiques of Theory and Practice and Spinning and Weaving: Radical Feminism for the 21st Century

    My book, Not Sacred, Not Squaws: Indigenous Feminism Redefined, published by Spinifex Press, is available to purchase here or preferably from your local bookstore.

    I have started a substack, check out my writing here.

    RESEARCH

    My research is grounded in the material realities of women’s lives, in the work and goals of the women’s liberation movement, and in my experiences as a front-line anti-violence worker in a rape crisis centre and transition house for battered women and their children. My research interests include historical and contemporary strategies of the women’s liberation movement to end male violence against women and girls, impacts of colonization on Indigenous women, feminist theory, historical women’s studies and present-day gender studies in Canadian universities, prostitution, alternative education, feminist methodologies, and art making.

    I hold a PhD in communications studies from Concordia University in Montreal. I started my thesis work in one place, learned alot in the middle, and then realized I was doing my research upside down. What a journey.

    CONSULTING

    If you or your organization are seeking to hire a consultant with expertise in report writing, graphic design, art making, group facilitation, or need a speaker for your event, please get in touch to discuss your needs. I can accommodate a range of budgets.

    FAQ

    frequently

    asked

    questions

    Are you a TERF?

    No, but I have a podcast called TERFtime. Check it out.

    are you a SWERF?

    No, but I have a podcast called SWERFtime. Just kidding. I don’t have a podcast called SWERFtime. It’s called TERFtime.

    Are you scary violent mean?

    The scariest.

    Contact

    15 + 3 =

    or email me at clsmiley[at]gmail.com