Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Mique’l Askren

Mique’l Askren is of the Tsimshian Nation and was born and raised in Metlakatla, Alaska.  After earning a BA at the University of Washington, she worked as a teacher of Tsimshian culture and history in their primary and secondary school system. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with her MA in art history, where her researched focused on the work of B.A. Haldane, a 19th Century Tsimshian photographer.  She is a Doctoral student in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia. She has participated in traditional ceremonies and cultural exchanges throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan with First Nations, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Aboriginal Filipino, and Maori people. Askren has published essays in the Canadian photography and digital arts magazine BlackFlash and has a chapter in Visual Currencies: The Native American Photograph in Museums and Galleries edited by Henrietta Lidchi and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. Her most recent publication focused the work of contemporary photographer Larry McNeil (Tlingit) for the Eiteljorg Museums 2007 fellowship exhibition catalog. Currently, Mique’l is the co-leader of a Vancouver-based First Nations mask dancing group, the Git Hayetsk Dancers.