Native Americans have a rich diversity, yet books, advertisements, signs, terminology, children’s toys and games are often at odds with Native peoples’ lived experiences and cultures. In honor of Native American Heritage month, designer Sadie Red Wing will engage in an hour-long Ask Me Anything (AMA) chat on the AIGA DC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Slack where she will discuss her research around design strategies exposing Native American graphic design students to their own sovereign language. She will also provide her thoughts around The Washington Football Team, Thanksgiving, and Native invisibility.
When it comes to advocating for tribal visual sovereignty, Sadie does not hold back. If you’ve heard her speak you’d know that she speaks with conviction and authenticity. Join us on November 25 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM for this can’t miss event.
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Sadie Red Wing (sadieredwing.com) is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum.
Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for the American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) where she specializes in student retention and resource-building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces. Her work has been featured on AIGA Eye on Design: “Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education?” (2017), Communication Arts: “Decolonizing Native American Design” (2017), and The World Policy Journal: “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” (2018).
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