Amplifying Memory through Many Minds: Performance and Cultural Belongings

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

691 Barrows Hall
Location is ADA accessible

Alutiiq choreographer and performer Tanya Lukin Linklater shares her work and discusses the museum as performance space with
TDPS scholars Bélgica del Río and Jeni(f)fer Tamayo.


Lukin Linklater will contextualize her practice in performance alongside and in relation to Indigenous objects or cultural belongings as gestures towards repatriation. She will speak to her thinking, writing and embodied responses to Alutiiq sewing bags from Kodiak Island, her homelands. The Alutiiq sewing bags are a part of the Alaska Commercial Collection at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and were acquired in the early 20th century. 



Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances in museums, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and abroad. Her work centres Indigenous knowledge production in and through orality, conversation and embodied practices, including dance. She considers That which sustains us a conceptual and affective line within her work. While reckoning with histories that affect Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands and ideas, she investigates insistence. She considers the ways in which Indigenous ideas inhabit or interrupt museum spaces, and the relationships between live performance and museum collections made up of Indigenous objects or cultural belongings.

She has shown work at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Art Gallery of Ontario, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Remai Modern, Art Gallery of Alberta, and elsewhere.

Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund administered by Canadian Art. Tanya originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southwestern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario, Canada. 


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