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Evelyn Mikayla Martin (Itsooaakii) [Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, Squamish Nation of Canada, and Filipina] is an art educator and artist who works to center her own personal narrative regarding the processes of navigating mental health, cultural identity, and reclamation of space as an Indigenous femme. Her body of work primarily consists of self-portraits (acrylic on canvas) that serve to hold space for herself and all of her intersecting identities, along with BIPOC women whose identities and lived experiences resonate with her own.
"Through my paintings, I work to reclaim a sense of autonomy and agency over representations of myself and my narrative as a young Blackfeet woman who grew up living out our ceremonial way of life. There is a unique responsibility and power specific to Blackfoot women that I work to show in my paintings; my work seeks to remind Blackfoot women, girls, and Natook'iitapii (individuals who hold multiple gender expressions) that we are rich in resiliency, and deserve to have space held for us where our voices can be centered and our beauty can be celebrated."
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