Saturday, November 04, 8:30 am–10:00 am
This live event will not be recorded.
Sponsored by the AFS Local Planning Committee
Chair: Lyle Cairdeas (Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center)
Felix Furby (Chinook Indian Nation)
Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde)
Jedd Schrock (Linguist)
We will delve into the making of an Indigiqueer exhibit focused on 19th-century Atfalati Kalapuya healer Shimkhin (pronounced “Shim-hen” or “Shum-hin”). The show examines text translations of interviews conducted by ethnolinguist Melville Jacobs. We explore how interviews with Victoria Howard (Clackamas Chinook) and John B. Hudson (Santiam Kalapuya) demonstrate a history of well-respected Indigiqueer ancestors such as Shimkhin in Pacific Northwest Indigenous communities. We also explain how Jacob’s cis-gendered white settler bias skews translations and disregards Indigenous worldviews, leading to misrepresented, misunderstood, and often hidden histories of Indigiqueer folks. To undo this is a key path to cultural revitalization.