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Artist Talks: Missy Whiteman

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Learn about her work of themes of loss in relation to larger cultural forces, the rebirth process of healing and redefinition of cultural identity, and more.


Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), an Emmy Nominated writer, director, producer and multi media artists. Whiteman understands her work to be a voice for her ancestors and their untold stories of ancient knowledge.

While based in part Indigenous traditional practices and perspectives, her work also addresses themes of historical genocide, loss of culture, language and land in relation to colonization. Whiteman questions the connection of life, death spirit world and the rebirth process of revitalizing DNA memory, spirit healing and redefinition of cultural identity.

Many of Missy’s films have screened on international national and local venues such as Bilbao Spain, National Geographic All Roads Festival and the Walker Art Center. Whiteman is also an alumni of The Sundance Native Lab Fellowship and Jerome Fellowship for her short film project The Coyote Way: Going Back Home, Which has Transformed into The Coyote Way X: Expanded Cinema.  This new multidimensional cinematic experience of The Coyote Way: Going Back Home short film which is intertwined with performance, live score, 350/VR and audience participation.

Missy was raised in an artistic home. Her biggest influence is her father Ernest Whiteman, who gave her the gift of artistic vision and ancient knowledge. Missy Whiteman’s upbringing in the Twin Cities with  a strong arts community exposed her to multi-disciplined artists, and filmmakers of various backgrounds. 

These valuable relationships gave her the opportunity to grow and deepen her artistic abilities over her lifetime and the ability to communicate through a multitude of medium.

Missy continued her pursuit of the arts when she attended the Minnesota Center for Arts education where her artistic and healing creative process was first developed. She later attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for Filmmaking and Photography where she continued developed her skills as a media artist and filmmaker.  

Today, as well as being a writer, director and producer, Missy is also a cultural consultant with Independent Indigenous Film and Media (IIFM). The production company’s mission is to help educate, empower media self-sufficiency by providing digital media production, video training and visibility for communities, organizations, and youth.  As a digital media and producer and consultant, she also partners with larger institutions and organizations, specializing in digital media workshop facilitation, video screenings, film & video programming/curation, public speaking and artist residencies.

She is currently the guest curator for INDIgenisis Native Film Series at The Walker Art Center which is in its third season. 


We hope you can join us.




February 22nd, 2020 2:00 PM   through   4:00 PM
550 Vandalia St
Suite 170
St. Paul, MN 55114
United States

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