2023 Festival:
October 16–22

Special Event: Kent Monkman and Gisèle Gordon

Special Event: Kent Monkman and Gisèle Gordon

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Here is an unmissable event for art enthusiasts, historians, and all who live on Turtle Island. Celebrated Cree artist Kent Monkman and his long-time collaborator Gisèle Gordon, join the Vancouver Writers Fest with The Memoirs of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle: A True and Exact Accounting of the History of Turtle Island—a genre-defying work that will remake readers’ understanding of the land called North America.

The two-volume Memoirs of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle follows Miss Chief as she moves through time. Blending history, fiction, and memoir, this is a deeply Cree and gloriously queer understanding of our world. Monkman and Gordon join beloved Canadian broadcaster Shelagh Rogers for a conversation about Indigenous resilience; reshaping our shared understanding; and lighting the path ahead.

Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Iron Dog Books.

Event Participants:

Gisèle Gordon

GISÈLE GORDON is a settler media artist and writer based in Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto, Canada). Her solo work includes the documentary The Tunguska Project (Best Feature Length Film at the Planet in Focus Film Festival, 2005), and the video installations Crosscurrent and The Land that Dreams. (ONTARIO)

Kent Monkman

KENT MONKMAN is an interdisciplinary Cree visual artist. A member of Fisher River Cree Nation in Treaty 5 Territory, he lives and works in Dish With One Spoon Territory. His works are held in institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, and National Gallery of Canada. (MANITOBA/ONTARIO)

Shelagh Rogers

SHELAGH ROGERS is a veteran broadcast-journalist, having hosted and co-produced CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter for many years. She is an honorary witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016, she was awarded the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. She is a member of the Metis Nation of Greater Victoria with family roots in Treaty 1 territory.