The Water Carries Her, She Carries the Water by Elizabeth LaPensée, 2016

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″

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The Water Carries Her, She Carries the Water by Elizabeth LaPensée, 2016

The Water Carries Her, She Carries the Water by Elizabeth LaPensée, 2016

Elizabeth LaPensée, 2016

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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.

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