She Dances for our Stolen Sisters

Acrylic on Canvas

Although not overly common, women have always been a part of warrior culture, historically. In modern
times this has shifted, and women have taken the lead as warriors, through land defense and through
protecting and finding justice for our stolen sisters against the missing and murdered indigenous women
and girls epidemic. As mothers, women are the knowledge keepers and the ones who have the most
responsibility to pass on cultural traditions and ways. While facing genocidal fallout, the reclamation and
resilience of culture is one of the most vital acts of resistance. Where bows and arrows were once used to
defend the people, now songs, stories, ceremonies, and dances have taken over. All across Turtle Island
young girls and old women and mothers can be found dancing in the streets, at powwows, in ceremonies,
and on government building lawns, in prayer and recognition for their stolen sisters.