Research at Wapatah activates Indigenous ways of seeing through four distinct themes. Often interwoven, these areas speak to the artistic, political, cultural, and theoretical scope of Indigenous research.
Wapatah researches materials and narratives created at the intersection of cultures to understand how such interactions reflect, stimulate, and produce original artistic expressions. The Centre provides a collaborative space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, students, artists, and Elders to exchange perspectives and knowledge about art produced in cultural contact zones.
Wapatah highlights connections between human and natural environments, and seeks to understand how artistic production gives voice to these relationships.
Wapatah uses digital scholarship as a means to enact new opportunities for Indigenous research and impact, and enhance the presence of Indigenous knowledge on the global stage.
Wapatah seeks out connections between Indigenous scholarship and artistic practice around the world, and fosters insightful partnerships to develop local and global strategies that are holistic, humanistic, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.
Wapatah has an extensive history of Indigenous-led research programs that critically explores the diversity, aesthetics and methodologies of Indigenous knowledge from around the globe.
Ranging from exhibit curation to symposia and publications, these projects seek to centralize Indigenous presence and perspectives in both academic and community research contexts.