Artist Statement 🌻🌿☀️☁️🌈🌎✨

I am a Chippewa Cree creative specializing in graphic design and digital illustration. Throughout my digital work, I thread the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation landscape, the Cree language, tribal stories, and Chippewa (Ojibwe) blossoms. I create pieces using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop where I can exact my signature bold, precise linework, and vibrant palettes. My other style of art involves a fusion of Japanese anime, manga, and American comic art. I bring Indigenous characters to life with this art style in fictional settings like superheroes, fantasy, and horror. As such, I often challenge the misrepresentations of Indigenous characters found in national and international pop culture. My art styles and themes grant me a sense of community to foster self-acceptance, hope, humor, and Indigenous ways of knowing.

Education:

University of Arizona (2019)
Master of Arts in Linguistics
Emphasis in Native American Languages & Linguistics

University of Montana-Missoula (2017)
Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies
Minor in Studio Art

Institute of American Indian Arts (2013)
Associate of Fine Arts in Interactive Graphic Design
Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship

College Courses I've Taught:

· Spring 2022 ART 280: Photography
Stone Child College

· Spring 2022 ART 231: Graphic Design
Stone Child College

· Summer 2021 ART 231: Graphic Design
Stone Child College

· Spring 2021 GS 180: Digital Storytelling
Stone Child College

Conference and Workshop Presentations:

2021 American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI)
Workshop: “Digital Stories for Indigenous Languages” co-instructed with Dr. Wilson de Lima Silva

2020 Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP) retreat “Digital Storytelling Using Both/And Technologies” co-instructed with Marco Seiferle-Valencia, Teresa Cohn, and Iva Moss.
Workshop: “Using Microsoft PowerPoint & Photos to Create Comics”

2019 Symposium for American Indian Languages (SAIL)
Workshop: “Creating Digital Storytelling for Indigenous Languages”

2019 Symposium for American Indian Languages (SAIL)
Poster: “Creating Curriculum: Children Literacy in Cree Syllabics (Plains Cree Dialect)”

2017 Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
Conference talk: “Language Activism through Digital Arts”

2017 Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
Conference talk: “Speaking Like Our Ancestors: An exploration of learners’ word melody in Blackfoot” co-presented with Naatosi Fish, Caroline Allen, and Dr. Mizuki Miyashita

2017 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC)
Conference talk: “Promotion of Community Wellness Through Language Activism& Revitalization: A Student Perspective” co-presented with Jesse DeRosier, Danielle Yarbrough, Jake Lahr, and Willow Kipp

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