Kimberly Robertson (Mvskoke) is an artivist, scholar, teacher, and mother who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in her hustle to fulfill the dreams of her ancestors and to build a world in which her daughters can thrive. She was born in Bakersfield, CA and currently lives on unceded Tongva lands.

Robertson is an Indigenous anti-violence advocate who has received trainings and certifications from Sacred Circle, the former National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women as well as the current National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. Robertson is also an active member of the Los Angeles Indian community and in this capacity has served as the chairperson for the Parent & Community Committee of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Indian Education Program; as a councilmember of the American Indian Community Council; as the project coordinator for Insight – an Indigenous Youth and Violence Prevention Project; and as the community outreach coordinator for American Indian Families Partnership. She also currently serves as the Co-Creative Director of Meztli Projects -- an Indigenous and youth centered arts collective. 

 

She earned an MA in American Indian Studies and a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 and is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

 

Informed by Indigenous feminisms, Kimberly Robertson’s creative practices include screen printing, collage, beadwork, installation art, and zine-making. They address the settler colonial and heteropatriarchal violences that plague Indigenous communities and operationalize the decolonial worlds many of us desire to live in.  Her work centers the ideas and practices of ceremony, storytelling, intersecting subjectivities, dislocation, decolonization, and Indigenous futurities.

"I was a first-generation college student, the oldest of six, and the first in my family to go to college. When I took a women's studies class my freshmen year, I felt like the whole world cracked open for me. I finally found the words  to articulate my experiences.  The same thing happened again when I took my first Indigenous studies course.  I really fell in love with education (and eventually ARTivism) as a tool for social justice, community empowerment, decolonization, and healing."  

If we allow the pieces of our culture to lie scattered in the dust of history, trampled on by racism and grief, then yes, we are irreparably damaged.  But if we pick up the pieces and use them in new ways that honor their integrity, their colors, textures, stories -- then we do those pieces justice, no matter how sharp they are, no matter how much handling them slices our fingers and makes us bleed.   -- Deborah Miranda

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