Melissa Shouting is an artist, researcher, and graduate student residing in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy from Kainai (Blood) Nation and is of Blackfoot, Plains Cree and Gros Ventre descent. Her art is centered on land-based teachings and storytelling ensuring the renewal of knowledge and techniques that are dependent on the oral history of her kinship alliances within the Blackfoot Confederacy. Melissa utilizes Blackfoot art techniques as a vessel to carry knowledge that will increase the health literacy within her community through the incorporation of examining Blackfoot objects that are currently housed within museums.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences majoring in Public Health with a minor in Aboriginal Health and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. Her research interests include: Indigenous Women’s Health, Gender and Sexual Violence against Indigenous populations, Indigenous Harm Reduction Approaches, and Incorporating Museums and Objects as a means of Health Promotion for Indigenous Peoples.
She is currently working with the Mootookakio’ssin: Blackfoot Digital Project team as a research assistant and is one of the artist leads for the community engagement workshops.