RESEARCH

Current Projects

Mapping Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls & Colonial Sexual Violence

Annita has numerous works in progress on intersections of cartography, Indigenous data sovereignty, colonial sexual violence, and MMIWG. Her current dissertation research examines how data on Indigenous women and girls' bodies and the violence perpetrated against them become forms of 'armchair colonialism' when weaponized through colonial research, and how the colonial 'need to know' via mapping and cartography mirrors the 'need to know' Indigenous women and girls' bodies.   

Indigenous Geographies & Cartography

Annita writes on indigenous cartographic practices and methods, and how mapping can be utilized by indigenous people and communities in order to assert sovereignty and tell stories more reflective of their cultures and experiences. Additionally, Annita also researches historic indigenous mapping traditions, and is writing on these traditions as emblematic of indigenous intellectual heritage and contributions to the fields of cartography and geography. 

Annita also serves on the committee developing Mapping Back. Mapping Back aims to create a collective of indigenous cartographers and scholar-allies engaged with resisting resources extraction, as well as a resources hub for others interested in learning and participating in such work. 

Media

Annita and her work  has been featured in the following publications:

Publications

Articles ​

 

Reviews

  • Lucchesi, Annita. "Responding to Human Trafficking: Dispossession, Colonial Violence, and Resistance among Indigenous and Racialized Women." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 41 (3), 2018: 170-172.

  • Lucchesi, Annita. “On Cartography (Review).” Transmotion 4 (1), 2018: 194-195. 

 

Maps

  • Guerrilla Cartography; editors: Darin Jensen, Molly Roy. Food Insecurity & Indigenous Nunavummiut [map]; Threats to Indigenous Food Traditions in North America [map]. Food: an Atlas. 2013.

 

Online Publications

Selected Presentations

Academic

  • Presentations

    • ​Mobilizing to Organize on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. University of South Dakota; November 2018.

    • Community-Driven Research on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. University of Lethbridge; October 2018.

    • MappingBack: (Re)Mapping Indigenous Counter-Maps through Alternative Design. Indigenous Mapping Workshop; August 2018.

    • Institutionalized Disappearance: How Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Are Pushed Through Bureaucratic Cracks. Meeting of the Minds Inter-Disciplinary Conference; March 2018.

    • Best Practices in Indigenous Education: A Case Study at Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society. National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education—Alberta Provincial Conference, and University of Lethbridge Native Awareness Week; February and March 2018.

    • -hóhta'hané: Mapping Genocide & Restorative Justice in Native America. International Cartographic Association Conference; July 2017.

    • Ho’ēva: Explorations in Decolonial Aesthetic Praxis and Mapping Violence in Native Communities. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting; May 2014.

    • “They Are Still Taking”: Mapping Reiterative Violence & Northern California’s Gold Rush. American Studies Association Annual Meeting; November 2013.

    • (Counter)Genocidal Cartographies: (De)Colonial Territorialities & Spatial Representations of Native America. Critical Ethnic Studies Association Annual Conference; September 2013.

  • Panels

    • ​Alternative Indigenous Cartography Through Arts-Based Theory and Methods. Indigenous Mapping Workshop; August 2018.

  • Workshops

    • Cartography as Indigenous Learning Praxis. Tuyuryaq: A Model for Decolonizing Learning on College Campuses; October 2018.

    • Mapping Back: Designing Alternative Indigenous Maps. Indigenous Mapping Workshop; August 2018.

    • Decolonizing Geography. Feminist Geographies 2018: in/during Troubled Times: Dialogues, Interventions and Praxis; August 2018.

    • Speaking Our Truths, Telling Our Stories: Cartography & Decolonial Activism. Abolish Border Imperialism: A Convergence for Abolition and Decolonization; October 2017.

Policy

  • Presentations

    • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls: A Snapshot of Data from 71 Urban Cities in the United States. United States Senate and George Washington University; November 2018.

    • ​Mapping Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls in Urban Communities. Tribal Governments Program Summit: Key Issues and Promising Practices in Native Communities; September 2018.

    • Community-Driven Research on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Indigenous Womxn Matter Annual Conference, Restoring Ancestral Winds; September 2018.

  • Panels

    • ​Addressing Unfounded Cases of Sexual Assault in Canada. United Nations Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders' Forum, October 2018.

    • Key Trends, Developments and Achievements on Women and Girls Spaces: Understanding the Canadian Context. United Nations Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders' Forum, October 2018.

    • Practices & Possibilities in Collecting Data on Missing Native Women & Girls: Panel Discussion. Tribal Governments Program Summit: Key Issues and Promising Practices in Native Communities; September 2018.

    • #MMIW: Saving Our Sisters. Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Week, City of Portland; May 2018.

Community

  • Presentations

    • The Role of Social Media in Documenting and Organizing for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Facebook headquarters; November 2018.

    • Honoring Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Lethbridge Sisters in Spirit Vigil; October 2018.

    • ​Documenting and Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Cheyenne Women’s Creative + Empowerment Gathering; September 2018.

  • Workshops

    • ​Organizing to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: A 2-Day Youth Empowerment Workshop. Box Elder High School; June 2018.

© 2017 by Annita Lucchesi.

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