As Indigenous peoples progress from the American Indian Boarding School era, the urge to distinct tribes from Pan-Indianism forces a greater responsibility from indigenous designers to visually communicate sovereignty.
When bringing indigenous perspective into a classroom, various definitions need to be explored. Terms such as: decolonization, decoloniality, pan-indianism, cultural appreciation, and visual sovereignty are expressed in research when depicting cultural imagery of Native American culture. The goal of the workshop is to define these terms in a cohesive manner to help explain indigenous designers’ work. Following the discussion, participants will follow an activity that allows them to explore how visual sovereignty can be expressed based on materials native to their “homeland”.