photo courtesy of the artist.

Melissa Iakowi:he'ne' Oakes

Melissa Iakowi:he'ne' Oakes is a Mohawk woman, Snipe Clan. She resides in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, where she was born and raised, and New York City. She has trained in northern and southern tribal art, fashion, business, politics, and leadership, completing multiple degrees and certifications; and studied in Montréal, NYC, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. At an early age, she experienced Canadian Army tanks in her backyard, blockades on her street, and no school due to military occupation on her reservation territory for months at a time. From the Oka Crisis, to Idle No More, the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, and NoDAPL, Iakowi:he'ne' has been active from the day she was born. She has stood and been part of the Mohawk Warrior Society since inception. Through the American Indian Community House, and multiple venues, she furthers her commitments through targeted actions, open dialogues, teaching, and solution-driven programming.

Past Classes & Events

Studies Project: Decolonial Design, Indigenous Choreography, and Multicorporeal Sovereignties: A Womanist/Queer/Trans Indigenous Movement Dialogue

February 18, 2018