Jesslynn Friday

Connections
This piece is representing how colonialism impacts our connection with our homelands and ancestors. The way I’ve chosen to represent colonialism is by a net that’s over a turtle. The turtle represents our homelands and the spirits holding the cultural items represent our ancestors that are alive today or have passed on. Most indigenous youth living in a city can relate to having a cultural disconnection to their homelands. This piece also represents how I reflect and connect with nature and the universe to cope. Being reflective, enjoying solitude, and finding meaning by absorbing knowledge are ways I stand strong in such a complex society.

Celebration of Self

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