Mēkiwin Maada’ookii Partager Share: Sadie Red Wing

A series of talks on Indigenous design, its history of racist misuse and appropriation, and how to interpret and respect it.

Sadie Red Wing (sadieredwing.com) is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as, encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum.

Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) where she specializes in student retention and resource building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces.

Mēkiwin (Meh-gii-win) in Cree means to share. Maada’ookii (Mada Okee) in Ojibway is to share something with others. Partager (par·ta·jé) in French is to share. We share a lot of things. We share this earth, we share a love of design, and we share our knowledge. GDC Manitoba is honoured to host a BlueSky series on Indigenous Design, from the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Indigenous themes and imagery have been used in art and design for centuries, often with little care for meaning and significance. This has led to offensive and often racist appropriation of these themes and imagery, with little thought to the hurt and damage their use has caused. Through this series of BlueSky talks, GDC Manitoba is hoping to facilitate conversations on not only how to interpret and respect Indigenous Design, but also the history of misuse that came from this lack of knowledge.

GDC Manitoba is proud to offer this event free of charge. However, if you are so inclined, donations will be accepted to support and grow design scholarships aimed at Indigenous design education.

Attendance is limited to 90.