Vancouver Writers Fest and the Vancouver Art Gallery presents Kent Monkman & Gisèle Gordon in conversation with Shelagh Rogers
Here is an unmissable event for art enthusiasts, historians, and all who live on Turtle Island. Celebrated Cree artist Kent Monkman and his long-time collaborator Gisèle Gordon, join the Vancouver Writers Fest with The Memoirs of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle: A True and Exact Accounting of the History of Turtle Island—a genre-defying work that will remake readers’ understanding of the land called North America.
Monkman’s globally renowned artworks are held in the public collections of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada. For decades, his paintings have featured a recurring character: his gender-fluid alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, a time-traveling, shapeshifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze. Now, readers can discover her whole story—and with it the whole history of Turtle Island, told from an Indigenous perspective.
The two-volume Memoirs of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle follows Miss Chief as she moves through time, from a complex lived experience of Cree cosmology, to the arrival of European settlers, to the colonial violence and tragedies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Blending history, fiction, and memoir, this is a deeply Cree and gloriously queer understanding of our world.
Monkman and Gordon join beloved Canadian broadcaster Shelagh Rogers for a conversation about Indigenous resilience; reshaping our shared understanding; and lighting the path ahead.