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Raven Davis Resurgent: An INTERview by Charlotte Henay

Charlotte Henay: Raven, your work, specifically your more recent work and short films, troubles boundaries. I read it as border work, celebratory and ceremonial, as well as refusing of nation-state being and violence. In working at the interstices, do you see your work as a form of Indigenous resurgence?

Raven Davis: Yes definitely, I see my work as a personal resurgence in my experience as an Indigenous 2Spirit person, and in how I try to challenge people’s perceptions about Indigenous art, politics, gender, and race. However, I am far from a mould breaker. Our people have been using art as a tool to tell our stories about our history for generations. We’ve never been idle in our efforts to bring attention to what has happened in our history and what continues to transpire against our land, bodies, and governance. I believe it’s just now that people are starting to see and understand what we’ve been saying all this time. Indigenous people have been making political art forms in many different mediums for generations. Storytelling, dancing, song, visual and performance art have all been touched by our history on this land.

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