The Camp and the Snake: Ethnographic Explorations of #NoDAPL"

  • DeAmble Auditorium, Tribble Hall 1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC, 27109 United States

Join WFU's Anthropology Club in welcoming Dr. Dana Powell in her talk titled "The Camp and the Snake: Ethnographic Explorations of #NoDAPL. The resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has widely been framed as an "environmental conflict" due to possible threats of oil contamination to the Missouri River. In this talk, Dr. Powell will explore other things at stake for members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Native Nations, and non-Native allies, whose collective actions and private reflections challenge facile understandings of the movement's core refrain, "Water Is Life." Their labor suggests that so-called natural resources are, in this case, entangled with matters of settler colonialism, political difference, and sociocultural survival. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and analysis of artwork and digital artifacts, Powell will share and invite comments on this ethnographic work-in-progress. Hope to see you all there!