Maehkōn Ahpēhtesewen is run by Rowland “Ena͞emaehkiw” Keshena Robinson, a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin. He currently lives and works in the Gdoo-Naaganinaa Territory: the traditional lands of the Attiwonderon, Anishinaabeg, Rotinonshón:ni and Wyandot People. He is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. He writes, works, and theorizes from a perspective that he has come to jokingly, and intentionally, refer to as Decolonial Indigenous Postmodern Neo-Marxism and Fully Accessible Decolonial & Abolitionist Queer Eco-Communism.
His dissertation, entitled Settler Colonialism + Indian Ghosts: An Autoethnographic Account of the Imaginarium of Late Capitalist/Colonialist Story Telling, is a kind of speculative auto/ethnography that examines the formation and function of Indianness within the biopolitical, visual, ontological, narrative, and affective imaginings of the northern bloc of settler colonialism (the United States and Canada). This work charts his experiences through these corridors of settler power over the course of his own lived experiences as a diasporic, urban and liminaly enrolled Native person. His work situates this journey within the structures of settler colonialism, in particular the what the late Patrick Wolfe referred to as the “logic of elimination,” as well as what many scholars have identified and referred to as the Coloniality of Power, and centres Indigenous resurgence, decolonization, and a politics of refusal.
He also have long standing side interests, which he has spent more or less time on over the years. These include Indigenous and postcapitalist futurisms, aesthetics and aesthesis, cultural hauntology, hyperreality and simulation, the role of and theories about technology, ecology and the (decolonial critique of the) anthropocene, Indigenous traditionalism, and the performativity of First World left-wing militantism.