Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds, M.A.







Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds (Diné/Navajo Nation)

Address: 860 Van Vleet Oval, Copeland Hall 235, Norman, OK 73019

Phone: 405-325-7907



Title: Instructor, NAS; Affiliate Faculty: Women & Gender Studies and Center for Social Justice

Education: M.A., University of New Mexico; PhD Candidate, Middlesex University London

Website address for my current research:

AREAS OF INTEREST & EXPERTISE: Art & Visual Culture, Philosophy, Indigenous Studies, Critical Theory, and Performance Studies.

RECENT COURSES TAUGHT: Native American Philosophy, Gender & Sexuality in Native North America, Native Cultural Aesthetics & the Heritage Industry


Book essays:

“Native American Art History: Critical Interventions in Theory and Practice.” Transforming Our 

Practices: Indigenous Art, Pedagogies, and Philosophies. Eds. Ballengee-Morris and Staikidis. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association, 2017. 207-210.

“Norman Akers: Symbols and Reflections,” “George Longfish: A Sense of Spirit,” “Tom Jones: Turning the Camera Around,” “Lorenzo Clayton: Concerning the Spiritual,” “James Luna: Performing Art,” and “James Lavadour: Land and Life.” Manifestations: New Native Art 

Criticism. Ed. Nancy Mithlo. Santa Fe: Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 2011.

“Sam Durant: America's Founding Myth Reconsidered.” The Hugo Boss Prize 2008: Christoph Büchel, 

Patty Chang, Sam Durant, Emily Jacir, Joachim Koester, Roman Signer. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2008. 45-48.

“Transgressing the 'National': Metaphors of Emancipation.” Vision, Space, Desire: Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity. NMAI Editions. Washington, DC and New York: National

Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institution, 2006. 160-162.

Selected museum publications:

“Public Memory as Communal Experience.” Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit 

Objects to Join His Art Practice. Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2012. 42-44.

“Crossing Boundaries: Native America and the Contemporary Art World,” catalogue essay,

Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art, Siberia, June 2012.

“Border Identities as Cultures of Resistance.” Narciso Argüelles, Luis Jiménez & Joe Ramiro Garcia. Oklahoma City: Untitled [ArtSpace], 2008. 5-7.

Journal Articles:

“Remembering in America: Toward a Critical Dialogue.” ConunDrum: Journal of Contemporary Aboriginal Artists & Aesthetics. 3.3 (June 2006) [journal online]; Urban Shaman Gallery of

Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Winnipeg.

“Native American Cosmopolitan Modernism(s): A ReArticulation of Presence Through Time and Space.” Third Text. 19.4 (July 2005). 357-364.


Conference Speaker, Paper Presented, “Kent Monkman’s Landscapes: Unsettling Colonialism

and Queering the Native Body,” American Studies Association Annual Conference,

Denver, November 2016.

Conference Speaker, Paper Presented, “Reclaiming Indigenous Lifeways: Native Women

and Power in the 21st Century,” Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice, University of Oklahoma, Norman, February 2012.

Paper Presented, "Narratives of Resistance and Recovery: The Art of Diego Romero,” The

Research Group EA 2325 SEARCH (Savoirs dans l'Espace Anglophone:

Représentations, Culture, Histoire), University of Strasbourg, Alsace, France, November 2011.

Panel Participant, “Dismantling Creative Apartheid,” Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico,

January 2009 and November 2007.


Lecture, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 2017

Lecture, University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, April 2017

Lecture, Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Singapore, March 2017

Lecture, The Ohio State University, Department of Art & American Indian Studies Program, January


Lecture, Goldsmith’s University of London, Department of Visual Cultures, Centre for

Research Architecture, Centre for Cultures Studies, March 2015

Lecture, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, California, February 2013

Lecture, University of Hawaii, Department of Art, Manoa, January 2013

Lecture, Pitzer College, Department of Art, Claremont, California, September 2012

Lecture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Department of Art, Baltimore, March 2012

Lecture, University of Memphis, Department of Art, Tennessee, February 2012

Lecture, Diné College, Department of Art, Tsaile, Arizona, February 2012

Lecture, University of St. Croix, Department of English, US Virgin Islands, March 2011


“LU!LU!LU!LU! An Evening Celebrating Spiderwoman Theater’s 40 Years,” LaMaMa in Association with Spiderwoman Theater Presents a Loose Change Production, Advisory Committee, 2017.


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