a little touched with the prairie wolf
I write with coyote blood on my hands the coyote is my kin but I am human with coyote blood on my hands (from skinning) I skin and stitch and tattoo and tuft together ancestors and aunties
In these pages, you will see a sash woven and gifted to me by Jessie Short; beadwork by Ruby Sweetman in one of the many designs by Elder Elsie Quintal next to a stitched tattoo that I did for Ruby in the same design; an artwork in progress that included a string braided and gifted to me by Jeneen Frei Njootli; a hand-poke tattoo by Dion Kaszas on my hand next to my gloved hand—covered in the blood of a coyote after skinning it—a coyote that was provided by my dad, James Malbeuf; and James’s gun case, made by an unknown maker that’s been passed down between two generations. All other beadwork and tufting is done by me. Thank you to my cousin Laurie Macinroy for the space to create and shift between worlds and the hard work, love and support of my husband, Jordan Bennett.