Acts of Survivance


“Native imagination, experience, and remembrance are the real landscapes of liberty…”

― Gerald Vizenor


An act of survivance is Indigenous self-expression in any medium that tells a story about our active presence in the world now.

Anishinaabe scholar and writer Gerald Vizenor’s defines survivance as “an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. Native survivance stories are renunciations of dominance, tragedy, and victimry. Survivance means the right of succession or reversion of an estate, and in that sense, the estate of native survivancy.”

Survivance is more than mere survival—it is a way of life that nourishes Indigenous ways of knowing.

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The Wanderer: Acts of Survivance
The Caretaker: Acts of Survivance
The Warrior: Acts of Survivance
The Changer: Acts of Survivance