Dorothy Christian Cucw-la7 is of the Secwepemc and Syilx Nations of interior of BC. She is a 6th year PhD Candidate in EDST. Her doctoral research, “Gathering Knowledge: Indigenous Methodologies of Land/Place-Based Visual Stories and Visual Sovereignty” looks at the role of language, land and cultural stories in contemporary visual storytelling. Dorothy had conversations with 14 multi-generational Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada, one from Nunavut and one from Hopi territories, south of the 49th. She also spoke with 14 cultural knowledge keepers from diverse Indigenous Nations in Canada.
Other research interests include: Indigenous research methodologies; critical cultural studies; Globalization & Indigenous Peoples; Indigenous film theory and global Indigenous media and film.
Dorothy received her BA from the University of Toronto and her MA from the School of Communications at Simons Fraser University. Before returning to academe she worked in the film and television industry for a number of years. Dorothy accumulated over 100 professional production credits from work she did with a national broadcaster and from freelance work in the industry.
Supervisor: Jo-ann Archibald (Educational Studies)
Committee members: Sheryl Lightfoot (Political Science and Indigenous Studies) and Rita Shelton-Deverell (Independent)