- March 8, 2022
- 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Priestesses, diviners, and medicine women stand out as leaders of aboriginal liberation movements against conquest, empire, and cultural colonization.
Spiritual spheres of power have been a crucial staging area for women’s political leadership and for challenging systems of domination on many levels, including the battleground of culture.
This visual presentation looks at how indigenous women draw on their cultural traditions to resist colonization -- and how, by virtue of who they are and where they stand in the social order, their personal access to direct, transformative power makes the spiritual political.
Max Dashú is an internationally renowned expert on ancient female iconography, matricultures and patriarchal systems, medicine women and shamans, witch hunts, and female spheres of power. She founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document global women's history, reflecting the full spectrum of the world's peoples. Dashú uses images to teach, scanning the cultural record: archaeology, history, art, orature, linguistics, and spiritual philosophies. From her collection of some 50,000 images, she has created 130 visual talks on female cultural heritages, foregrounding Indigenous traditions, with attention to patterns of conquest and domination.
Max Dashú’s book Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000 (Veleda Press, 2016) has been acclaimed as a sourcebook on European ancestral traditions. Her forthcoming Pythias, Melissae, and Pharmakides: Women in Hellenic Culture will be the second book in her 16-volume series Secret History of the Witches. Dashú has published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Goddesses in World Mythology (Praeger 2010) and the Encyclopedia of Women in World Religion (ABC-Clio 2018). For articles, gallery, and resources, visit Suppressed Histories Archives.