The Fringed Mouth Yei is a deity in the Nightway chant which is a traditional Navajo winter healing ceremony. The Fringed Mouth Yei received its name from the mask which has fringes around the eyes and mouth. It is believed that there are two types of Fringed Mouth Yei, one represents the earth and plant life and the other one represents water. Recently, a representative from the “Water River Life Giver” conference asked me to create a rug for the event. I immediately thought about a story my uncle told me when I was younger. This story has inspired me to create a piece for this conference.
By: Gerard Begay
Gerard Begay is a young male weaver, born to the Big Water clan and originally from Holbook, Arizona. Although he works full-time for the Maricopa Community College district, he spends much of his free time weaving and has shown his work at the Heard Museum in addition to the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Listen to Kimonee Burke’s “Sepagehommaûta (Let’s Sail).”
Kimonee Burke was one of the Co-Presidents of the Native Americans at Dartmouth Executive Board, 2015-2016. She is a member of the class of 2018 at Dartmouth and is planning on double majoring in Native American Studies and Government. She is from Cape Neddick Maine and is Narragansett and Niantic.
The Water Carries Her, She Carries the Water
An Anishinaabe water carrier’s singing fills the water with the vibrations of sounds that bring healing.
16″ x 20″
Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, comics, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes.
Most recently, she designed and programmed Invaders (2015), a remix of the arcade classic Space Invaders inspired by art from Steven Paul Judd. She also designed The Gift of Food (2014), a board game for the Northwest Indian College about Northwest Native traditional foods. She is currently working on Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water.
Her dissertation in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia shares experiences from the Indigenous social impact game Survivance (2011), which encourages ongoing healing through storytelling and creating art. Continuing this work, she is the Postdoctoral Associate for the University of Minnesota’s Research for Indigenous Community Health Center and a Research Associate in the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.
She also contributes to communities by providing access to the tools and skills to develop games. She created curriculum for the award-winning Skins Workshops developed by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. For over ten years, she has offered workshops to partners including the United Indian Students in Higher Education Youth Day in Portland, Oregon; Aboriginal Youth Science Exchange Camp in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Urban Native Youth Association in Vancouver, British Columbia; Native Girls Code for Gen7 in Seattle, Washington; and Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Learn more about her works at Elizabeth LaPensée’s website.
Lyonel Tso is Navajo from Page, Arizona. He is a graduate from Arizona State University-Tempe. He served the Native American student population in various capacities at ASU, including as a student specialist for the American Indian Student Support Services. He is a talented photographer, who captures on camera beautiful landscapes of Diné Bikéyah (Navajo lands). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 2005-2010. He currently teaches high school science classes in the Phoenix area, specializing in environmental sciences. Making science relevant to the students’ lives is a key part of his pedagogical approach. In his classes, Tso guides students to approach science, especially Earth and Space Science, with their own lives and cultures as the basis.
Learn more about his teaching on his personal website Lyonel Tso.
Burke is a lifelong learner and has a passion for exploring the world through many diverse activities including: snowboarding, beading, wild mushroom hunting, teaching, painting, figure skating, hiking, writing, rock climbing, cooking, gardening, dancing, and laughing. As the Native American Program Coordinator, Kianna aims to empower students through collaboration and innovation.