Past, Present & Future: Decolonization Through American Indian Performance & Installation Art

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Document Type

Master's Thesis (Campus only Access)

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department or Program

Graduate Humanities

Department or Program Chair

Joan Baranow, Ph.D.

First Reader

Joshua Horowitz, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Dr. Leslie Ross, Ph.D.


Performance and installation art are unique creative outlets which have the benefit of undefined or blurred boundaries. Both performance art and installation art provide creative formats which present a means to address the cultural struggles that Indians face throughout the Americas. In examining the work of artists like the Postcommodity Collective, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, James Luna and Erica Lord, the connection between performance and installation art and Indian culture can be made. This special relationship creates a method for addressing issues such as identity, gender, colonization, sexuality, prejudice and spirituality. As an artist and an Indian, I am including my own creative process as a part of my research to actualize my own decolonization process in creating a performance piece to better relate with these artists and my culture.

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