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Baamaa pii miinwaa.

1036 Beech Street
East Lansing, MI, 48823
United States

Dylan AT Miner is an artist, activist, and scholar. He is Director of American Indian Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was an Artist Leadership Fellow through the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Miner has been featured in more than twenty solo exhibitions – with many more planned in 2015-2016 – and has been artist-in-residence at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and low-residency MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press. His solo exhibition Silence of Sovereignty opened this spring in Montréal. Miner is currently completing his book Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism, Autonomy (Bloomsbury, expected 2016) and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I must learn)

Medicinal Plants in Chile

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Medicinal Plants in Chile

Dylan Miner

On Saturday night, I took the redeye flight from Detroit to Santiago. I am hanging out in Chile for a week, where I am co-convening a Working Group at the Tenth Encuentro Hemisferico.While here, I am collaborating with Aymara feminist Julieta Paredes, Mohawk artistSkawennati, Mexican artist Rodrido Hernández Gómez, and Canadian art historian Dot Tuer.We are collectively convening a Working Group on ‘The Body Territory and the Territory as Body: Communitarian Feminism and Indigenous Sovereignty,’ Some Aymara and Mapuche members of Feminismo Comunitario are also working with Julieta Paredes to organize an acción estética-politica this Thursday. I will hopefully write more about all of this once this busy week is over.

For now, however, I wanted to quickly share these photos of urban medicinal plant usage here in Santiago. Yesterday, I took these photos near the Mercado Central along the Río Mapocho. I don’t know much about them, so if anyone knows the makers of these posters or has pictures of additional plants in this series, I would be interested in hearing from you. As you may know, I have been collaborating with plants and am thinking intensely about Indigenous plant medicines, especially around the Great Lakes and north of US-Canada border.

What is interesting about the plants  included in these three wheat-pasted images is that none of them are indigenous to Chile or the Américas. As far as I know, two originate from Europe (ruta graveolens and calendula officinalis) and one from Asia (ginger). This sent me on the hunt for books on Indigenous plant usage in Chile and I purchased this book. If anyone has good sources or connections, please share those.