Dish with One Spoon: in Conversation with Duke Redbird
Presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab
Tuesday, November 10 @ 12:00pm EST
As part of the Inaugural Indigenous Digital Delegation at MIT, Elder Dr. Duke Redbird (Ojibway) will present a keynote talk titled “Dish with One Spoon”. The talk will begin with a poem by that name and will close with a poem and/or video called “The Power of the Land.” Dr. Redbird will frame his talk as follows: A BLINK OF AN EYE • A STROKE OF A PEN • A CLICK OF A MOUSE • SPEED OF LIGHT. There will be Welcome Remarks from Home Territory by Elizabeth Solomon of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag, and an introduction by Kerry Swanson of the Indigenous Screen Office. Dr. Redbird’s keynote will be followed by a conversation with the ten delegates, all leading Indigenous media scholars and artists, who are virtually meeting with MIT to exchange with the MIT community on the theme of Indigenous Knowledge, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Worlds. The Delegation is led by the Indigenous Screen Office (Canada), funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada, and hosted by Co-Creation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab.
Dr. Duke Redbird is an elder, poet, activist, educator, and artist. With a legacy stretching back to the 1960s, he is a pillar of First Nations literature in Canada, and has practiced a number of art disciplines including poetry, painting, theatre, and film. He was a trailblazer throughout the 60’s & 70’s, giving voice to Indigenous people at major institutions and folk festivals across the country. From 1994-2009, he was an arts & entertainment reporter for CITY TV in Toronto. He holds a Master’s degree from York University and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University in 2013. Duke Redbird is also featured on the Grammy-nominated album, Native North America. Duke is currently recording with The Sultans of String, and occupies the position as Elder with the following organizations: Myseum Toronto, The Toronto Biennial, Summer Works, Banff Leaders Lab, and is Artist in Residence with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre at the Toronto District School Board.