Comic Art Poster Series: “So You Care About Indigenous Scholars?”

Page text by the “So You Care About Indigenous Scholars?” Collective

In February 2020, a group of Indigenous and allied scholars collaborated with Ad Astra Comix to produce a series of posters about some of the experiences that Indigenous peoples have in the academy.

Coming out of this workshop led by its Indigenous participants, and calling out the extractive academy, the result is the “So You Care About Indigenous Scholars?” posters series. The posters recognize and celebrate Indigenous peoples and their ongoing survival, resistance and resurgence. They use humour and irony to create teachable moments for a broad audience and build critical consciousness.

To show your support for Indigenous scholars fighting off the zombie apocalypse–still happening in an Ivory Tower near you–please share these images on social media, and download a PDF and print it out for your department, office, dorm room, etc.

To receive free, high-resolution PDFs of these posters for download, click the links below. To order 18″ x 24″ full colour poster prints (for the cost of printing + shipping), e-mail Ad Astra Comix at adastracomix@gmail.com.

  1. Indigenous Land
    Sullivan, C, Piatote, B, Smith, C, Weir, J, Diver, S, Burton, NM, and H Goldring 2020. ‘Indigenous Land’, So you care about Indigenous scholars? poster series, Ad Astra Comix, Canada.

    About this poster: Indigenous Land emphasizes that the university campus always was, always will be Indigenous land, and a place of Indigenous teaching.

    To download this poster, click here.

2. Extraction Zombies
Smith, C, Piatote, B, Sullivan, C, Weir, J, Diver, S, Burton, NM, and H Goldring 2020. ‘Extraction Zombies’, So you care about Indigenous scholars? poster series, Ad Astra Comix, Canada.

About this poster: Extraction Zombies (just in time for Halloween!) highlights the tokenism and minority tax experienced by many Indigenous scholars, perhaps in your university department.

To download this poster, click here.

3. Pass the Ball
Piatote, B, Sullivan, C, Smith, C, Diver, S, Weir, J, Burton, NM, and H Goldring 2020. ‘Pass the Ball’, So you care about Indigenous scholars? poster series, Ad Astra Comix, Canada.

Pass the Ball expresses frustration about non-native scholars occupying the fields of Native knowledge and refusing to “pass the ball” or recognize Native scholars as experts in these very fields — and imagines a win for the team when Native scholars are valued.

To download this poster, click here.

4. The S.S. Academy
Smith, C, Sullivan, C, Piatote, B, Diver, S, Weir, J, Burton, NM, and H Goldring 2020. ‘SS Academy’, So you care about Indigenous scholars? poster series, Ad Astra Comix, Canada.

About this poster: The S.S. Academy depicts microaggressions experienced by Indigenous scholars, who are working in all corners of the academy but are not always appreciated for their merits.

To download this poster, click here.

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