Cyndy Garcia-Weyandt
Amelia Katanski
Shanna Salinas

Cyndy Garcia-Weyandt

Assistant Professor of CES

Phone: 269.337.7426
Office: Humphrey House, room 206
Email: cyndy.garcia-weyandt@kzoo.edu

B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles

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Works in progress:

  • García-Weyandt, Cyndy. 2021. “Urban Wixárika and “other-than-human” being’s interactions the case Tatéi Niwetsika (‘Our Mother Corn’).” Re-connecting with Earth Beings Ritual Innovation and Affective Entanglements in a More-Than-Human World. Multi-Author Volume. June 2021 (Under Review).

Published Manuscripts:

  • Garcia-Weyandt, Cyndy M. and López de la Rosa, Odalys M. (2022) “Proyecto Taniuki (“Nuestra Lengua”): Los desafíos de la revitalización de la lengua wixárika en el contexto urbano,” Living Languages • Lenguas Vivas • Línguas Vivas: Vol. 1 : No. 1 , Article 7. View article here.
  • García, Cyndy & Felipa Rivera. 2022. “El relato de Watakame.” La pluma al vuelo. Antología de relatos de Pueblos Originarios. Región Centro Occidente. Secretaría de Cultura, México.
  • García-Weyandt, Cyndy. 2021. “Taniuki ‘Our Language’ Project: The Challenges of Community-Based Participatory Active Research in Language Revitalization and Production of Art.” Edited Volume the Community-Based PhD: Complexities, Triumphs, Missteps, and Joys of Community-based & Participatory Action Research as Graduate Students.
  • García-Weyandt, Cyndy Margarita. 2021. “Curing with Our Mother Corn” The Jugaad Project, 27 October. View article here.
  • García-Weyandt, Cyndy. 2020. “Living Geographies: Urban Wixárika Places and Spaces of Knowledge.” Journal Theory & Event.
  • García-Weyandt, Cyndy. 2018. “Mothers of Corn: Wixárika Women, Verbal Performances, and Ontology.” AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. Vol 14 Issue 2. View article here.
  • García-Weyandt, Cyndy. 2018. “Borders in me: Being, Living, and Resisting.” Series of poems, pacificREVIEW 2018: STATES OF LA FRONTERA.
  • García-Weyandt, Cyndy. 2017. Review of Huichol Women, Weavers, and Shamans. Stacy Schaefer. Journal of Western States Folklore Society. Vol. 76 No. 2-Spring

Research Areas:
Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Land Pedagogy, Urban Indigenous Peoples of Mexico: Wixárika and Nahuas, Indigenous Art and Performances, Traditional Ways of Healing, Language Revitalization, Language Ideologies, Multispecies Relations, Ontology, Decolonizing Methodologies

Amelia Katanski

Co-Director Of CES and Professor of English

Phone: 269.337.7045
Office: Humphrey House, room 207
email: amelia.katanski@kzoo.edu

B.A., Kalamazoo College;
M.A., University of California-Los Angeles;
M.A., Ph.D, Tufts University

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Shanna Salinas

Co-Director of CES
and Associate Professor of English

Phone: 269.337.7115
Office: Humphrey House, room 108
email: shanna.salinas@kzoo.edu

B.A., American Literature and Culture (major) and Chicana/o Studies (minor); University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. and Ph.D, English, University of California, Santa Barbara

More about Dr. Salinas

Work in Progress: “‘Sign’ Language and Reconstructive Interpretation in John Rechy’s The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez” ; “’we are all of paper’: Re-Writing the Textual Body in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper”; “De-Colonizing the U.S.-Mexico Border: Mapping Spatiotemporal Narratives of Dispossession in Karen Tei Yamashita’s The Tropic of Orange.”

Research Areas: U.S. race and ethnicity and sociohistorical processes of racialization (Chicanx, Blackness, Whiteness), borders and spatiality, material culture, and textuality.