Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology
Comic books, Decolonization, Indigenous, Representation, Sovereignty
This research examines the experiences of Indigenous comic creators when making comic books, and I aim to investigate the individual and communal motivations for creating comics. Representations of Indigenous characters and storylines have primarily been told through a white lens in mainstream comics. Within the past five years, this trend has shifted with increased academic and public attention on Indigenous comic books and the rise of comic conventions like Indigenous Pop X. I argue that these comics are acts of decolonization and self-determination where creators use comics as educational tools and as a form of cultural preservation by documenting Indigenous histories, languages, and perspectives. The data was captured through participant observation at Indigenous Pop X and semi-structured interviews with six self-identified Indigenous comic book creators. These experiences were categorized with thematic and narrative analysis, and analyzed through the frameworks of postmodernism, decolonizing theories, and Tribal Critical Race theory.
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Melissa Ann Kocelko
Received from ProQuest
Kocelko, Melissa Ann, "Drawing Identities: An Ethnography of Indigenous Comic Book Creators" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1778.
Native American studies, Cultural anthropology