Public Panel Discussion – Rosa-Linda Fregoso & Margo Tamez

Resurgence in Spaces of Impunity: Indigenous and Latinx Perspectives

Moderated by Carmen Sanjuan-Pastor (Spanish, Scripps)

Margo Tamez’ talk, “The Return and Resurgence of the Nde’ Monster Slayer and the 4th Arrow after and beyond the Wall,” will ‘travel’ in circular Indigenous space-time-place poetics and visual self-determination, to express, transmit, and situate Nde’ (Lipan Apache) critical memory, post-memory, sites of crisis, and current-day resurgence against genocidal structures and destructive practices. Reflecting on the last decade of Nde’ memory and commemorative practices, Tamez will examine Indigenous women’s re-claiming of spaces to recover and strengthen belonging and to reconstruct Nde’ being as critically resistant to abjection (“unrecognition”). The talk will interweave Nde’ critical historical lenses through indigenous oral tradition, land epistemologies, poetics, visual remembrances, and law. Margo Tamez is a scholar, indigenous rights defender and poet of the Hada’didla Nde’ (“Lightning Storm People”), Konitsaii Nde’ (“Big Water People”) and an enrolled citizen of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. She’s written two books of poetry, Naked Want (2003) and Raven Eye (2007), and has authored many critical works on the U.S.-Mexico border as it relates to indigenous feminist-resistance, and restoration of Lipan Apache’s women’s rights. She is currently an assistant professor of the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.


Rosa-Linda Fregoso will present on “The Art of Witness: Wandering with the Detained-Disappeared.”

The expansion of the ‘disappeared’ and ‘detained’ in borderzones and borderlands is a global phenomenon. By delving into the political economy of life and death, Fregoso will discuss U.S. and Mexico’s attempts to mark power over the living, and the embodiment of a politics of resistance among peoples who are deemed disposable and non-human subjects of the nation-state. Rosa-Linda Fregoso is Professor Emeritus of Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of numerous books and other publications, including Feminicidio en América Latina and meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands.