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Thunderbird Press Event

Thunderbird Press Event

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM (EST)
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Please note: Attendees will be watching the event Live as a YouTube Premier (open to the public), and then attending the Q&A via Zoom link (for registrants only). Be sure and register if you want to attend the Q&A. 

This event will propose an introduction to Indigenous Print in Canada by studying an interesting but very little known Indigenous printing initiative led between 1974 and 1976 in Québec, at the Collège Manitou: Thunderbird Press. Collège Manitou was a college-level educational institution in La Macaza (Québec, Canada) where Indigenous Students were trained according to the principles of First Nations traditional education. Among other courses, Indigenous students were trained in printing.

Remarkably, the institution housed a printing house (Thunderbird Press) where students and professors printed educational materials, manifestos and periodicals. With the participation of a former student, of a specialist in the history of the college and a specialist in Indigenous literatures and publishing, this webinar will answer questions regarding the catalogue, the activities of the printing house, and the motivations of college leaders for pursing this publications program. Who were the main actors of this printing initiative? What was the intended audience for these publications and how did they circulate outside the community? How did this printing experience influence the trajectory of future authors and publishers?

The discussion between the speakers will be held in French with English subtitles. Marie-Hélène Jeannotte will moderate the Q&A, interpreting questions entered in English to her co-presenters in French, and then their responses into English. 


Moderator Marie-Hélène Jeannotte is a Post-Doctoral researcher at Queen's University (SSHRC). Her research focuses on the history of Indigenous literatures in Québec, focusing on its organizations and key players. In 2020, she received the Emerging Scholar Prize from the Bibliographical Society of Canada (SBC) for her collaborative research project with Ondinnok Theatre. She co-edited the anthology of Indigenous critical texts, Nous sommes des histoires: Réflexions sur la littérature autochtone, (2018). She teaches literature, publishing history and French at Queen's University and Sherbrooke University.

Emanuelle Dufour completed a master's degree in Anthropology from Montreal University focusing on Indigenous cultural security in a post-secondary context with a particular interest in the history of Indigenous educational empowerment in Quebec. In January 2021, she submitted a doctoral thesis in research creation at Concordia University, which explores the potential of the inclusion of graphic media in research on the phenomenon of (non-)encounter between the nations of the territory that became Quebec. Her project is based on a reflexive and conversational comic strip project to which near fifty Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have contributed. In addition to working as a consultant and illustrator for education projects with various First Nations groups, she is a lecturer in Montreal University and works as a pedagogical advisor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Collége Ahuntsic.

Born in Wendake (Québec, Canada) in 1952, Christine Sioui Wawanoloath is Wendat (Huron) by her father and Abenaki by her mother. After studying photography, art and history in Montreal and at Manitou College (1973), she worked as a print photographer, darkroom technician, graphic designer and journalist for Indigenous publications in Ottawa, Frobisher Bay and Val-d'Or. In 1985, she became Program Director for the Centre d’amiti? de Val-d'Or. From 1992 to 2002, she was the coordinator of the non-violence program for Quebec Native Women, where she designed and carried out awareness and knowledge-sharing projects for members of Indigenous communities. She was a communications advisor for Terres en vue from 2002 to 2008, then project manager for the Mus?e des Ab?nakis from 2009 to 2015. She is a painter, illustrator and sculptor. She published seven books. She is also a storyteller.

Édith-Anne Pageot is a professor in the Department of Art History at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is a member of the Institut de recherches et d'études féministes (IREF) and of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises du (CRILCQ). As a specialist in modernity in Quebec and Canada, she is interested in the politics of identity and its complex forms in Indigenous and non-Indigenous art. She currently leads the research project Artistic Culture at Manitou College (PAFARC, SSHRC) Her most recent publications include: " Présences, mémoires individuelles et plurielles comme dispositifs de construction dans le travail des créatrices autochtones", Espace, no 118, 2018. She is working on a book on Arts and Media Culture at Manitou College (PAFARC, UQAM and SSHRC). This book, which will be published in 2021, devotes a chapter to the key role played by the College's printing press and the Thunderbird Press. In parallel to this research project, Edith-Anne Pageot is collaborating on the creation of the first Massive online open course (MOOC), in French, on Aboriginal arts (online release 2021).

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The Bibliographical Society of America
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Erin McGuirl, Executive Director

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