College of Liberal Arts

Lee Francis IV: "Native Americans in Pop Culture and the Rise of the Indigenerd"

Thursday Sep 28, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | CLA 1.302E

Dr. Lee Francis IV will explore how Indigenous activists take on the mantle of Indigenerd in order to challenge the misrepresentations that continue to reinforce stereotypes. With a focus on the history of Native and Indigenous people in popular culture, in particular comic books, Dr. Francis will discuss the amazing efforts of Indigenerds worldwide to actively change the representations of Native people through dynamic and powerful expressions of self and culture. 

Dr. Lee Francis IV (Pueblo of Laguna) is the Head Indigenerd and CEO of Native Realities, the only Native and Indigenous pop culture company in the United States. Native Realities is also the host of the Indigenous Comic Con and Red Planet Books and Comics. Native Realities has published 6 titles to date with more on the way. The hope is to change the perceptions of Native and Indigenous people through dynamic and imaginative pop culture representations.

For more than four hundred years, Native and Indigenous people have played a significant role in global popular culture.  From the earliest portrayals of the “Noble Savage” through the villainous “Red Devil”, the images and representations of Native American and North American Indigenous Peoples have been used to shape policy and perpetuate efforts of genocide and ethnocide throughout North America. The inclusion/exclusion of images and representations in popular culture have a profound impact on identity development, policy creation, and direct experiences by Native and Indigenous peoples (Phillips & Stegman, 2014). The rise of the Indigenerd coincides with concerted efforts by marginalized communities to assert themselves in establishing authentic representations within global pop culture. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for this public event hosted by the Dr. Kelly McDonough (Department of Spanish and Portuguese.)

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