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throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. McDonas has contributed articles to Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening and Full Moon magazine. JEAN MERZ-EDWARDS has studied art history since 2000, when she attended her first classes on the subject at Hunter College in New York. She earned her master’s degree in art history from the University of Oklahoma and w as granted a certificate in women’s and gender studies and the Alice Mary Robertson Award for her scholarship on the life and art of Linda Lomahaftewa (HopiChoctaw). Merz-Edwards teaches art history at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. VICKI MONKS (Chickasaw) is a prolific multimedia freelancer who works as a writer, reporter, photographer, and radio and TV producer. Her articles and documentaries have tackled global environmental subjects, from the deforestation of Irian Jaya in Indonesia to contamination of the oceans with plastic trash and the worldwide problems of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. She is currently in Oklahoma where she is working on a book about contemporary American Indians and environmental threats to Indian lands a century after Oklahoma statehood. DENISE NEIL-BINION (Delaware-Cherokee) earned her master of arts degree in Native American art history from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests center on Native American female artists in Oklahoma. She is a PhD candidate in Native American art history at the University of Oklahoma and currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma. KEVIN SIMPSON is the director of Colectika and Peyote People, Wixáritari and Mexican folk art galleries. Both follow fair trade practices and are devoted to promoting Indigenous culture. Simpson graduated with an honors degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario in 1994. He lives in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. MATTHEW RYAN SMITH, PhD, is the curator of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford, Ontario. He is also a sessional professor of curatorial studies in the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga. Currently, Matthew is the Canadian section editor of the Art Market Dictionary to be published by De Gruyter in 2017. His writings have been featured in several Canadian and international publications such as Canadian Art, ESSE, Blackflash, and Afterimage. He has also published in several academic journals including TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, the Canadian Journal of Native Studies, and Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. PETER SZOK, PhD, is a professor of Latin American history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He has conducted research in Panama for nearly 25 years and is currently writing a book on Indigenous art in contemporary Panama. YVONNE N. TIGER (Seminole-Muscogee-Cherokee) is a freelance writer who holds a bachelor of arts degree with honors from Smith College and two master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She works at Aaniiih Nakoda College and is adjunct faculty at Montana State University, Northern. WINTER 2016/17 | 11