Raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Dr. Mique’l Dangeli is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She belongs to the Lax̱sgiik (Eagle Clan) and carries the Tsimshian name Sm Łoodm ’Nüüsm and Tlingit name Taakw Shaawát. Mique’l is an Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. She earned her PhD in Northwest Coast First Nations art history from the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia 2015. Mique’l is a dancer, choreographer, art historian, and curator. She served eight year as the Director of the Duncan Cottage Museum and Curator of the Healing Art Collection in Metlakatla, Alaska. Since 2003, Mique’l and her husband Nisga’a artist and carver Mike Dangeli have shared the leadership of Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield), an internationally renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask-dancing group. She was recently awarded a two year artist-in-residence (2015-2017) at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. She also works as a protocol consultant for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance in Toronto.