We are valuable, strong and diverse. Indigenous women matter.
Okónwara, Okónhsa | Her Mask, Her Face
Are we seen? The Identity of Indigenous Women
Do we have identities as Indigenous women?
Are we truly valued or are our faces and identities irrelevant to our non-Indigenous neighbours?
Have we always worn masks?
Have they ever really seen our faces?
As an Indigenous women, we are aware that we are more likely to go missing, be murdered or be victims of violence. We are also aware that we are not as likely to be investigated as non-Indigenous victims of violence; crimes against us often go unnoticed or are not valued as worthy of investigation. There is often no justice.
This call for submissions draws attention to not only to the Indigenous response to the COVID-19 pandemic but to our identities and vulnerabilities as Indigenous women.
Iethi'nisten:ha Ohon:tsa is Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) for 'our strength, our Earth Mother'
This is a time of renewal for Mother Earth; while the humans are forced to isolate, she has an opportunity to regenerate.
As this renewal happens, we are forced to [re]connect to her and to each other. When Indigenous women gather, we [re]vitalize our traditional values, culture and ways. We borrow from the past and offer it to our future - the children.
These photos are used with permission of each artist. Masks do not have to be functional protective equipment.
We are exceptionally grateful to each artist who responded to our call for submissions.
Call for submissions closed.
Create your mask. CALL IS NOW CLOSED.
CALL IS NOW CLOSED - See image above for details.
We have emailed all artists. Respond if you are interested in the following free services/opportunities:
- Artists will receive a free page on our artist directory at passthefeather.org.
- Artists will receive a free entrepreneurship branding package including a logo and website.
- One artist will be selected to facilitate mask making workshops at the Indigenous Women’s Arts Conference (this is a paid position - value approximately $2000).
- Selected artists (who are interested) will be commissioned for a large mask order to be used to protect women at our Indigenous Women’s Arts Conference.