“His hands were down my pants and all I could hear was my earrings jingling.”— Joshua Whitehead
“We live in the future.”— Jessie Loyer
Episode 2: Joshua Whitehead’s and Jessie Loyer’s Jewelry
This episode of just fem things features Joshua Whitehead and Jessie Loyer in conversation about body modification and traditional tattoos, beaded earrings as gateway Indigiqueer aesthetics, Native camp, being a good guest in Treaty 7, and snaggin’ in earrings.
Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is currently working toward a PhD in Indigenous literatures and cultures at the University of Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed and the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry, and which he respectfully withdrew from, releasing this statement.
Jessie is Cree-Métis and a member of Michel First Nation. She is the Anthropology and Indigenous Studies liaison librarian at Mount Royal University. Her research focuses on building reciprocal research relationships using a nêhiyaw legal perspective and she was a co-lead for building the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.