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Finding Language: A Word Scavenger Hunt by Vanessa Dion Fletcher

In this interactive performance, Vanessa Dion Fletcher explores the connections that exist between fluency, communication, and understanding within the context of her Lenape and Potawatomi culture. She considers how systemic colonial oppression intersects with her relationship to text as a learning disabled person, and how this impacts a lack of access to her ancestral languages.

A short documentary of Dion Fletcher’s performance of Finding Langauge at Cripping the Arts 2019 is coming soon. 


Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse Artist. Her family is from Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiitt (displaced from Lenapehoking) and European settlers. She Employs porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual blood reveals the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. Reflecting on an indigenous and genderd body with a neurodiverse mind Dion Fletcher creates art using composite media, primarily working in performance, textiles, video. 


She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with an MFA in performance and York University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has exhibited across Canada and the US, at Art Mur Montreal, Eastern Edge Gallery Newfoundland, The Queer Arts Festival Vancouver, Satellite Art show Miami. Her work is in the Indigenous Art Centre, Joan Flasch Artist Book collection, Vtape, Seneca College, and the Archives of American Art. Vanessa is a 2020-2021 Jackman Humanities Institute fellow at the University of Toronto.