Author Topic: Paul Edward Driskill AKA Qwo-Li Driskill  (Read 4271 times)

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Re: Paul Edward Driskill AKA Qwo-Li Driskill
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2019, 02:12:13 am »
Cherokee I've asked say he's non-Native. They also said he made up the stuff he's published about two-spirits among the Cherokee. He's gotten white people to publish it, though, and is trying to make a career for himself in academia.

My boldings. The "stuff he's published about two-spirits among the Cherokee" is this book:

In Cherokee Asegi udanto refers to people who either fall outside of men’s and women’s roles or who mix men’s and women’s roles. Asegi, which translates as “strange,” is also used by some Cherokees as a term similar to “queer.” For author Qwo-Li Driskill, asegi provides a means by which to reread Cherokee history in order to listen for those stories rendered “strange” by colonial heteropatriarchy.

As the first full-length work of scholarship to develop a tribally specific Indigenous Queer or Two-Spirit critique, Asegi Stories examines gender and sexuality in Cherokee cultural memory, how they shape the present, and how they can influence the future.

The theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Asegi Stories derive from activist, artistic, and intellectual genealogies, referred to as “dissent lines” by Maori scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Driskill intertwines Cherokee and other Indigenous traditions, women of color feminisms, grassroots activisms, queer and Trans studies and politics, rhetoric, Native studies, and decolonial politics. Drawing from oral histories and archival documents in order to articulate Cherokee-centered Two-Spirit critiques, Driskill contributes to the larger intertribal movements for social justice.

And "trying to make a career for himself in academia"? Seems he has come a long way already, with bios at several academic sites, all of them containing the Cherokee claim:

Graduate Studies Director - Associate Professor
School of Language, Culture, and Society: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of Graduate Studies; Queer Studies. Graduate Faculty. Affiliate Faculty: Ethnic Studies, Public Policy, Social Justice. September 2016-Present.
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Additional Information:
Qwo-Li Driskill is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent.

There is a 23 pages long CV, see the link on that page: Curriculum Vitae: cvjuly2017online.pdf

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sites/liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/files/cvjuly2017online.pdf

No ancestry claims there, but Cherokee mentioned 47 times.

Meet Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill
Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill received their PhD in Rhetoric and Writing from MSU in 2008. Dr. Driskill, a Cherokee Two-Spirit, is now Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Oregon State University. Their research interests include Native American and Indigenous Studies, Queer Studies, and creative writing.

Qwo-Li Driskill is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent.

From here I quote the photo caption:

Qwo Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit poet and writer who teaches at Oregon State. Driskill was the featured speaker at the annual Women's and Gender Studies program symposium at ISU.

I wonder if a whistle-blower will be enough to shatter his career, if it can be definitely proven through genealogy work here at NAFPS that the Cherokee ancestry is pure fiction?

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Re: Paul Edward Driskill AKA Qwo-Li Driskill
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2019, 03:59:20 pm »
Seems he has come a long way already, with bios at several academic sites, all of them containing the Cherokee claim:

Another one: https://english.humanities.mcmaster.ca/2018/09/19/distinguished-visiting-professor-qwo-li-driskill/

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Distinguished Visiting Professor Qwo-Li Driskill
September 25-27, 2018 All Welcome! Please forward this information widely.
Poster can be viewed here.
Qwo-Li Driskill is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems (Salt Publishing, 2005) and the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (University of Arizona, 2011) and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature (University of Arizona, 2011).  Hir book Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory (University of Arizona 2016) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017. S/he is the Director of Graduate Studies and the Queer Studies Curriculum Organizer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

The poster is here: http://gsfr.humanities.mcmaster.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/09/Driskill-Poster.pdf

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Re: Paul Edward Driskill AKA Qwo-Li Driskill
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2019, 01:44:36 am »

There is a 23 pages long CV, see the link on that page: Curriculum Vitae: cvjuly2017online.pdf

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sites/liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/files/cvjuly2017online.pdf

No ancestry claims there, but Cherokee mentioned 47 times.

I wonder if a whistle-blower will be enough to shatter his career, if it can be definitely proven through genealogy work here at NAFPS that the Cherokee ancestry is pure fiction?

No one gets hired in academia based on ethnicity/race. Nor should they. That's a myth. I always find it disturbing when NDNs repeat it, since it originally came from racists spreading misinformation about affirmative action.

It does seem Driskill was careful not to claim Cherokee on his CV, just strongly falsely imply it 47 times. He does repeat it, or get others to, seemingly everywhere else.

Not having read any of his work, I can't say whether it's false. I will take the word of actual Cherokee who say it is. For one thing, Driskill seems to be the only one online using Cherokee words like asegi that way. But once again Driskill cleverly "intertwines Cherokee and other Indigenous traditions, women of color feminisms, grassroots activisms, queer and Trans studies and politics, rhetoric, Native studies, and decolonial politics." IOW it's so highly mixed he can argue he never intended or claimed it to be Cherokee tradition.

The big problem of course is he presents himself as an insider's voice. Most of that 23 pg CV is a lot of padding. Most of it are actually performances, or him at LGBT events. He realized there's a gap in scholarship that he filled with an invented identity and pieces of faux Cherokee that fit with activist causes.

Even if Driskill could show distant ancestry, he's still not Cherokee or NDN. He doesn't have the lived experience. He was always treated as white since he looks white in everyone's eyes, and he didn't grow up anywhere near other NDNs. That part of CO is almost all white and heavily fundamentalist.

I recall a similar case, Andrea Smith. She got kicked off a grad studies position because she was expected to recruit and represent NDN students. But Driskill is in queer studies and clearly is gay and trans.

Perhaps the way to go is to point out to gay Native groups and activists that his claims are false. They are the one being pushed out, replaced by him and misrepresented.