Bakgrunn og aktiviteter
Amanda Fayant is a Cree/Métis artist (B.F.A-film production) and University of Tromsø Master student based in Trondheim, Norway. Amanda is originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Treaty 4 land. Amanda’s art practice deals with dichotomies in identity construction and confronting the colonial history in Canada. Amanda is completing a Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies and concluded her field work in Regina, SK. Amanda’s research focuses on developing Indigenous research methodologies as well as decolonizing cultural knowledge production through Indigenous feminist leadership at the community level. After her Master studies, Amanda plans to study further in the field to achieve a PhD and teach as well as plan research projects involving Indigenous feminist theory and methods of decolonizing and reclaiming cultural identity. In addition, Amanda plans to include law and sustainability in her future study plans. Amanda has published in forskning.no about volunteer network and institution building in Marka Sámi area and is currently working as a research assistant on a project at NTNU. Amanda’s thesis abstract was chosen for presentation at the Think Indigenous Conference 2019.
My artistic research practice integrates Indigenous methodologies and Indigenous ways of knowing as an approach to constructing an indigenous artistic research paradigm. I am especially interested in Indigenous feminism and the ways in which matriarchal roles have been diminished by colonialism, as well as how decolonization involves recognizing the necessity of feminizing leadership roles in Indigenous communities. I work with indigenizing research and dismantling the wide-ranging effects of the Indian Act in Canada. In addition, I am interested in investigating transnational intersections to further challenge and inspire a multidisciplinary Indigenous artistic inquiry.
For this reason, much of my work is focused on Indigenous women and their relationship to feminism. In my master thesis, I write about the importance of community-based definitions of Indigenous feminism using the Indigenous medicine Wheel as a research paradigm to reflect the information gathered during fieldwork. I would like to take this research further by investigating the work of Indigenous women artists and their reflections of feminism, matriarchy and female representation of authority.
Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid
- (2018) ALL WOMEN’S NETWORKED JAM SESSION (AWNJS). ALL WOMEN’S NETWORKED JAM SESSION (AWNJS)