Dak­wakada War­riors

Cole Pauls’ Dak­wakada War­riors

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Since 2012, Van­cou­ver comics artist Cole Pauls has made a name for him­self draw­ing punks fiend­ing for pizza. The aptly-named Pizza Punks strips have been col­lected in a few zines, were se­ri­al­ized in the free news­pa­per pub­lished by Van­cou­ver store Lucky’s Comics and led to Pauls be­ing in­ter­viewed by Nard­wuar.

Last fall, Pauls, who is Tahltan First Na­tion and grew up in a South­ern Tutchone-speak­ing com­mu­nity in the Yukon, re­leased a badass su­per­hero comic pay­ing trib­ute to his In­dige­nous her­itage, ti­tled Dak­wakada War­riors in: Sha Catcher. Pauls says he al­ways wanted to mix his In­dige­nous her­itage with comics and made his first foray with a two-pager about a South­ern Tu­chone su­per­sti­tion as a stu­dent at Emily Carr Univer­sity. In the same class, Pauls en­coun­tered a mo­ment of ig­no­rance in re­la­tion to his work and cul­tural background. “I also did a four-page auto bio comic about my first cri­tique when a white lady with dreads asked me: `How does it feel to be a white male ap­pro­pri­at­ing a cul­ture you’re not a part of?’ and I had to ex­plain to her I was Tahltan First Na­tions and that there is such thing as a light-skinned na­tive per­son,” Pauls re­mem­bers. It’s mo­ments like these that ce­ment the im­por­tance of a comic like Dak­wakada War­riors as a teach­able tool.

The story draws in­spi­ra­tion from a Pa­cific North­west Coast legend fea­tur­ing a Raven sav­ing the sun to help pro­tect the earth. As such, the tit­u­lar War­riors wear wolf and raven power suits and fight to save the sha (sun) and nan (earth) from two cy­borg vil­lians (a Sasquatch and an evil colo­nial pioneer). As the two “Na­tive Power Rangers” (in Pauls’ words) fight to save the world, they speak a mix of English and the South­ern Tutchone lan­guage, with the typ­i­cal “kick!” and “pow!” comic bat­tle sound ef­fects ap­pear­ing in trans­la­tion. It’s awe­some! To or­der Dak­wakada War­riors, email Pauls at tun­drawiz­ard@gmail.com. (Ali­son Lang)

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