Hip Hop Sovereign Nations: Including Women in the Hip Hop Remix Pedagogy for American Indians
- Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
The Hip Hop cultural elements of deejaying, break dancing, graffiti art, and emceeing, etc., have foundational parallel elements found in many Indigenous cultures that are centered around themes of music, dance, art, language, creativity, resourcefulness, knowledge, social justice, self-determination, and sovereignty. Richard White, Director of MSU’s Office of American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success grew up on the Navajo Nation reservation located in the four corners of the United States where he attended the Navajo Nation public school system and was introduced to Hip Hop culture. The culture of Hip Hop has been a positive influence and provided a critical understanding of Indigeneity. Often Hip Hop has been portrayed as hyper patriarchal, misogynistic, and male dominated. However, there has been a legacy of female innovators that have created spaces unique within Hip Hop culture. With strategic use, Hip hop culture can be utilized as a form of resistance against colonial pressures, and provide an avenue for students to understanding many attributes of Indigenous thought and action. The strategic use of Critical Hip Hop pedagogy also has the potential to be a liberatory praxis that reiterates the importance of traditional American Indian cultures, while simultaneously providing American Indian students the opportunity critically assess their realities and the reality of their individual tribal nations.