Doing Diversity in Writing

DDW S2 Ep05 – Indigenous Futurisms and Writing Indigenous Characters with Prof. Grace L. Dillon

February 17, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—interview Professor Grace L. Dillon about Indigenous Futurisms and how (not) to write Indigenous characters. 


Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe with family, friends, and relatives from Bay Mills Nation and Garden River Nation with Aunties and Uncles also from the Saulteaux Nation) is Professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Department in the School of Gender, Race, and Nations and also Affiliated Professor at English and Women, Gender, and Sexualities Departments at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of interests including Indigenous Futurisms, Queer Indigenous Studies, Gender, Race, and Nations Theories and Methodologies courses, Climate and Environmental Justice(s) from Indigenous Perspectives, Reparations Justice, Resurgence Justice, Science Fiction, Indigenous Cinema, Popular Culture, Race and Social Justice, and early modern literature. (For her full biography, please check out the episode page on our website.)


What Grace shared with us


  • Why and how she coined the term Indigenous Futurisms
  • What it was like to be a consultant as an Anishinaabe person to directors Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro
  • Some behind-the-scenes stories about the filming of Twilight
  • What true allyship looks like and how we can become an ally
  • How we can honour someone else’s story
  • Best practices of engaging with Indigenous communities
  • Grace L Dillion’s academic email is:


(Re)sources mentioned on the show and other recommendations by Grace L. Dillon, many of which are LGBTQ2+



This week’s episode page, with Grace L. Dillon’s full bio, can be found here:


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