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Dallas Hunt

Assistant Professor

English Language & Literatures

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism

University of British Columbia, PhD

Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta, Canada.

He has had creative and critical work published in the Malahat Review, Arc Poetry, Canadian Literature, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. His first children’s book, Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018, and was nominated for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. His teaching and research interests include Indigenous literatures, Indigenous theory & politics, Canadian Literature, speculative fiction, settler colonial studies, and environmental justice.

Dallas Hunt teaches courses in the subject areas of Indigenous literature(s), De/anticolonial theory, Canadian literature, Critical theory, among others. Special topics include urban Indigeneity, contemporary Indigenous scholarship, affect, prairie literatures, and the environmental humanities.

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • ““In search of our better selves”: Totem Transfer Narratives and Indigenous Futurities.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 42.1 (2018): 71-90.
  • “Nikîkîwân: Contesting Settler Colonial Archives through Indigenous Oral History.” Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Community Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 230/31 (2016): 25-42.
  • “’Of course they count, but not right now:’ Regulating Precarity in Lee Maracle’s Ravensong and Celia’s Song” in Biopolitical Disaster, Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Marie Wiebe, eds. New York: Routledge (2018): 172-87.
  • “‘the place where the hearts gather’: Against Damaged-Centred Narratives of Urban Indigeneity.“ Visions of the Heart: Issues Involving  Indigenous Peoples in Canada, David Long and Gina Starblanket, eds. 5th Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  • with Shaun Stevenson. “Decolonizing Geographies of Power: Indigenous Digital Counter-Mapping Practices on Turtle Island.” Settler Colonial Studies 7.3 (2017): 372-392.

Selected Creative Works

  • Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock. Winnipeg: HighWater Press, 2018.
  • “Cree dictionary.” ndncountry. Spec. joint issue of Prairie Fire and Contemporary Verse 2 (Fall 2018): 30-1.
  • “kinanâskomitin.” Indigenous Perspectives. Spec. issue of The Malahat Review 197 (Winter 2017): 30-1.

Current research projects include:

  • a study of urban Indigeneity in the ‘reconciliation era’
  • a study on the histories of settler colonialism on the prairies
  • a study on small, Indigenous publishing houses
  • a study on settler replacement narratives and Indigenous futurities
  • a study on/collection of the poetry of Anishinaabe writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm