How we chose this issue’s cover
O“Oki [hello]. I am from the Land of the Blood Tribe-blackfoot Confederacy. It is a real privilege to have a Blood Tribe member on the cover of Canadian Geographic! May the Wilderness Angels be with you always and forever.” That message came from Ang Fox, a reader and member of the same First Nation as Eugene Brave Rock (above left), who appears in traditional regalia on this issue’s cover. The other two cover option subjects, Clayton Cardinal (above middle), of the Cree Nation, and Harland Smalleyes, representing the Stoney-nakoda and Blackfoot nations, received their share of fan mail in our regular cover vote, but Brave Rock took 43 per cent of the tally. Perhaps it had to do with his star power. Born and raised in southern Alberta, Brave Rock takes part in Indigenous celebrations at the Calgary Stampede and other cultural events across the West, but he is also a prominent actor, recently appearing in Wonder Woman as Napi (an undercover Blackfoot demigod).