We have been called to think carefully about the words that we choose to speak and write. 

"Words are sacred," Lee Maracle guides us to recognize, "they have power and impact." As such, it is imperative that we take time to communicate with intention: carefully, deliberate and with attention to reverberations. Michele Foucault also tell us that discourse is in itself a creative force: our discourses produce the things we are talking about, we speak our realities into existence. We need to approach discourse with careful, attentive deliberation. And, Thomas King reminds us that “the truth about stories is that, that’s all we are,” so it is imperative that we are careful and deliberate and attentive to the stories we create and conjure.

Ours (North America) is a world created from a story rooted in hierarchies of being, individuation and competition,

but, Thomas King asks, “What kind of a world might we have created with [a different] kind of story?"

Words create, thoughts create, stories create. Following these and kindred storytellers, we need to consider the affects and effects of the worlds we story, what we are creating and where we want our creations to take us.

Foucault, Michele. 1982. ‘The Subject and Power.’  In Critical Inquiry. Vol. 8. No. 4. p777-795.

King, Thomas. 2003. The Truth About Stories. House of Anansi Press Inc. Toronto ON. p27-29.

Maracle, Lee. 2015. Memory Serves. NeWest Press. Alberta Canada. p173.


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This page begins with a few writing projects from my experience as a graduate student in Anthropology. As I develop my craft as an aspiring writer, I will add to this selection the short stories and articles that I have started writing this year. My intent with these works is to encourage an opening of minds and inspire critical self-reflection and education of taken-for-granted beliefs, perspectives, and practices in our Euro-American social context (Canada and the US). 

This is a series of summaries from an graduate course in Social Anthropology, in 2017, that explored the history of race (the concept) and processes of racialization and racism.

I will be gradually adding PDF files for each summary.

Course Outline 

Week 1 Summaries

Week 2 Summaries

Week 3 Summaries

Week 4 Summaries

Week 5 Summaries

Week 6 Summaries

Week 7 Summaries

Week 8 Summaries

This article has been adapted from the final section of my Masters' Research Paper. Following the activism of a resident in Barcelona, this article considers the effects of tourism on local life, and the responsibility of visitors (tourists and researchers) to recognize their privilege to move and tour and the harm it may be causing. 

Ryan, Nadine Roxanne. Forthcoming 2020. "Interrupting Movements in Barcelona." In Lucero 25 ,(1). 

This co-authored review considers the implications of "Anthropocene," an exhibit that premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, in 2018 and featured the collaborative work of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.  

Evans, Meredith, and Ryan, Nadine. 2019. “(De)compositions: A Review of Anthropocene.” In Visual and New Media Review, Fieldsights, Society for Cultural Anthropology. April 29. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/decompositions-a-review-of-anthropocene

The Beginning of the World

Salmon Suicides

House of Bones

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