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Decolonizing Utopias

-A part of URBAN INDIGENOUS TAKEOVER –

This event hopes to bring to light the importance of not only acknowledge and visibilize urban indigenous narratives worldwide, but also to explore the complexities around them.

How can urban indigenous narratives help to decolonize the arts? Is the process of recognizing indigenous voices still an utopia? How do Indigenous artistic expressions establish, reshape, challenge, and/or complement the hegemonic narratives? How, in these processes, can traditional notions of a homeland and a nation be deconstructed? Are urban indigenous narratives heard or silenced?

Indigeneity is often assumed to be a rural condition, but globally, indigenous peoples are increasingly characterized as urban populations. According to the United Nations, the “Push” factors contributing to migration to urban areas include land forced dispossession, poverty, militarization, natural disasters, lack of employment opportunities, and the deterioration of traditional livelihoods.


Despite the increasingly multicultural nature of cities, urban indigenous often face racism and discrimination. And even if the diversity of cities allows the construction of heterogeneous and creative urban indigenous narratives, those narratives are often challenged by predominant discourses of authenticity and stereotypical ideas.

SPEAKERS

– Tim “2oolman” Hill and “Bear Witness” – First nation Canadians, together are A Tribe Called Red, a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity. They believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. In concert: Oslo World: A Tribe Called Red + Maxida Märak / Parkteatret

– Maxida Märak-from Jokkmokk in Sweden, is a human rights activist with a special interest in the rights of the Sami people. She has taken part in protests against the mine building in Sápmi. With honest and politically-laden texts, she is known to often give “too much” than too little. Maxida Märak works most in hip hop, but also incorporates joik in her music.

– Sandra Márjá West is the festival leader of the international indigenous peoples’ Riddu Riđđu Festival. The festival is Europe’s biggest, and one of the world’s biggest indigenous festivals. In addition to the festival itself in the middle of July, Riddu Riđđu works with Sami and other indigenous people to raise awareness about indigenous causes both in the public and in government and lift indigenous culture to new stages.

– Moderator: Alice Marie Jektevik is the producer at Riddu Riđđu Festival. She has made several commissioned works with Sámi and indigenous artists the last couple of years, lastly in 2019 with Buffy St. Marie and Maxida Marak. Riddu Riđđu Festival is one of few organizers who prioritize making new indigenous music, and who connects indigenous musicians from different parts of the world.

In collaboration with Riddu Riđđu FestivalSámediggi – Sametinget.

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