Archive of Relatives: Curating a Bodily Archive through Indigenous Understandings of Objects
Keywords:Archive, Objects, Relatives, Indigenous, Cree, Metis, Body, Curation
This essay considers what a bodily archive may mean for Indigenous peoples and what it may look like. It uses Julietta Singh’s analyses on what a bodily archive is and Elizabeth Grosz’s explanations of how our bodies have meaning alongside Indigenous theorizing of archives, memory, and relations to curate a representation of the author’s bodily archive. Stemming from Singh’s understanding of our bodies extending beyond our skin and Indigenous knowledge traditions which find relatives in more-than-human subjects/objects, the author catalogues the histories and meanings of their body through objects. This approach displays transformation in action.
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