Celeste Pedri-Spade

Celeste Pedri-Spade

Associate Professor



Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arts and Science


Queen's National Scholar in Indigenous Studies
Joint-appointed with Global Development Studies

Research Interests: Anishinabe culture and, particularly, the role of Indigenous visual and material culture in decolonial praxis


University of Victoria (PhD)
Royal Roads University (MA)
Lakehead University (HBComm)


Dr. Pedri-Spade is an Anishinabekwe sociocultural (visual) anthropologist and practicing artist interested primarily in Anishinabe culture. She is particularly interested in the role of Indigenous visual and material culture in decolonial praxis. She currently conducts Indigenous community-based research that draws on Indigenous-based photographic archives and other visual/material culture to create performative and transformative spaces that privilege the voices, marks and bodies of Indigenous women. Dr. Pedri-Spade has also taken up research on using art as a means to re-assert Anishinabe sovereignty, reclaiming land-based practices, Anishinabe women’s oral and visual histories, Anishinabemowin language revitalization, Indigenous research methods and northern Indigenous health. 

Dr. Pedri-Spade welcomes graduate students interested in topics related to Indigenous art, identity, histories, decolonization and community well-being.  Additionally, she supervises in broader topics related to visual ethnography, autoethnography, and visual/material culture.

Selected Articles

2019  Pedri-Spade, C. Preservation and the Denial of Life: Towards the Emancipation of Our Sacred Relatives in the Mus(mausol)eum. Fwd Museums, 4, 100-110.
​2017 Pedri-Spade, C. 'The day my photographs danced': Materializing photographs of my Anishinabe ancestors. Visual ethnography, 6(1), 133- 172.
2017 Pedri-Spade, C. ‘But they were never just the master’s tools’: The Use of Photography in Decolonial Praxis. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 13(2), 1-8.
​2017 Pedri-Spade, C. The Drum is My Document: Decolonizing Research Through Anishinabe Song and Drum. International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(4), 385-406. 

Major Art Exhibitions 

September 2020 C. Pedri-Spade. 'Material Kwe'. IFWTO2020. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
May 2017 to August 2017 C. Pedri-Spade with R. Favel.  Kweok. Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, M’Chigeeng. 
October 2016 to January 2017 C. Pedri-Spade with L. Marshall. The Teaching is in the Making, Sudbury Art Gallery,  Sudbury, Ontario.

Selected Book Chapters

2020 Pedri-Spade, C.  Centring the Lived Struggle of Indigenous Women in the Academy: A Performance Autoethnography. In S. Cote-Meek and T. Moeke-Pickering (Eds.), Indigenizing the Canadian Academy: Critical Reflections. 
2019 Pedri-Spade, C. Caring for past/present/future through Anishinabe photography on the land. In M. Hankard (Ed.), The 'Clean Place:' Honouring the Indigenous spiritual roots of turtle island. 

Curatorial Work and Art/Photography Catalogues 

2020  A Geography of Grief-Love: A Solo Exhibition of Angelene Humphrey. Curated by C. Pedri-Spade. McEwen School of Architecture, Sudbury, Ontario.
2016   Waasaabikizoo: A Gathering of Ojibwe Photographs. Community-based catalogue. Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. 


Prof. Pedri-Spade is teaching the following courses:

LLCU 395: Indigenous Photography
INDG 302: Indigenous Theories and Methodologies