Scheduled to take place in November in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the event is intended as an effort by indigenous Americans to tell their own story, and reclaim from outsiders the stereotypical depictions of indigenous culture that are all too common in popular media.

 The organizers of the event is the Indigenous Narratives Collective, which describe itself on their Facebook page as “what it looks like when Native Americans are in charge of the comic book universe: no shamans, no trackers, just Native superheroes. ‘Nuff said.”

While the idea for a comic convention of this sort has been bandied about for years, this autumn’s three-day event represents its first iteration.

The popularity of the event has already taken organizers by surprise, and already they are considering expanding its vendor area because it sold out all its standard booths by the middle of June.

The Albuquerque convening will feature comic books, video games, tabletop games, graphic novels, film and television, sci-fi and fantasy, and anything else Indigenous.

“I hope that indigenous people see that they have a place in popular culture that is not exclusively historicized,” Lee said. “In other words, we have a viable future that is connected to the past but not represented solely by images and perceptions of the past. Mostly, we want indigenous youth to see that there are so many wonderful ways they can express themselves and that they can support and celebrate each other’s uniqueness.”


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