In thinking about Indigenous characters, it’s important to first note the one dimensional, deficit based, mischaracterization of Indigenous folx throughout history. The colonial project required a clearly demarcated other to justify it’s gross injustices. This othering and negating of Indigenous humanity continues to this day through history texts, public discourses, media coverage and pop culture misrepresentation.
This is an opportunity for us to create characters that speak to multi-faceted intersecting Indigenous identities. Let’s have some fun with this process. Feel free to imagine characters through whatever medium is most accessible to you. Here is one potential jumping off point – Michelle has developed the following guide to support character development:
Dating / Sexuality:
School Department/Program and Year of Study:
Least favourite class:
In five years, where do they see themselves:
Favourite movies/YouTubes/Netflix shows:
Favourite gif or meme:
Favourite Instagram or TikTok accounts:
Dream super power:
Here is an example of a character built by Kyle Desjarlais:
Family: Mom, Dad, Cat, Lots of aunties and cousins
Friends: Jason, Nerm, Tony
Pets: Cat named: Stroganoff, Short name stogie.
Dating / Sexuality: Dated 4 girls,
School Department/Program and Year of Study: Oakwood collegiate
Favourite class: Science
Least favourite class: MATH
Dream job: Streamer, Wants the world to remember him.
In five years, where do they see themselves: Hopefully having a successful streaming career
Hobbies: Working out, Playing games, Woodworking, Perler bead art and avid photographer
Talents: Can bench with any item that has good structure, Hyperfast reaction times, Trickboarder.
Sports: Snowboarding, Eating competitions, Esports.
Favourite food: Pizza, Ramen, Protein packed mini bites, Fruit punch.
Favourite music: Phonk, Indie, Djent, Rock, Anything he feels the beat in with good lyrics he likes.
Favourite books/authors: Ernest Cline, Byran Lee O’malley, Hirohiko Araki, Tatsuki Fujimoto, Masashi Kishimoto
Favourite movies/YouTubes/Netflix shows: Stranger things, Kengan ashura, Alice in borderland, Back to the future, Mob psycho 100
Most-used emoji: Blushing
Favourite gif or meme: Wocky slush
Favourite Instagram or TikTok accounts: Itskingchris
Pet peeves: When he has to repeat himself
Personal heroes: Robin williams, Troy baker, Nolan north, Roger craig smith,
Favourite quote: “Just as happiness shines in the shadows of sorrow, Only in the darkest depths of fear does courage truly shine.”
Dream super power: Overdrive