Larissa Nez

2nd YEAR PUBLIC HUMANITIES MA STUDENTCuratorial Fellow at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
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Yá'át'ééh shik'éí dóó shindine'é! Shí éí Larissa Nez yinishyé. Hashtł'ishnii nishłį. Dziłtł'ahnii báshíshchíín. Táchii'nii éí da shicheii dóó Tótsohnii éí da shinalí. My name is Larissa Nez. I am of the Mud People, born for the Mountain Cove People. My maternal grandfather is of the Red Running into the Water People and my paternal grandfather is of the Big Water People. I earned my BA in Art History with a minor in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. I am also pursuing an MPH in the Community Oriented Public Health Practice Program (COPHP) at the University of Washington and a Graduate Certificate in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Arizona. 

My research interests explore the intersections between modern and contemporary art, cultural heritage, repatriation, traditional [ecological] knowledge, [tribal] critical race theory, and public health. I am committed to reclaiming space in cultural institutions by centering Indigenous voices, histories, and epistemologies and actively dismantling the oppressive practices and ideologies upheld by these same institutions. While at Brown, I am interested in exploring the promise of radically transforming interpretative approaches in art and history while also expanding the idea that cultural heritage is a positive determinant health. I am eager to develop an anti-racist and anti-capitalist curatorial praxis, advocate for decolonial and Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies, and practice restorative and reparative justice as part of this necessary and crucial work.

Díídígii biniinaa Diné asdzáán dóó ółta'í nishłį. Ákót'éégo hózhó naasháa dóó hojíyá naalnish dooleeł. These are the reasons why, as a Diné woman and student, my existence is meaningful and my work is valuable.