Kayak (Canada) - - ARTISTS IN THIS ISSUE -

Amanda Strong is a Michif film­maker, pho­tog­ra­pher and il­lus­tra­tor. She works out of Van­cou­ver, which is un­ceded Coast Sal­ish ter­ri­tory. Her films have been shown all over the world and won many awards. They of­ten use pup­pets and stop-mo­tion cam­era work to tell sto­ries that are es­pe­cially im­por­tant to In­dige­nous peo­ple. Na­hath­away (Cree) artist be­yon wren moor cre­ated the il­lus­tra­tions for Up­Front. Be­yon is a two-spirit, trans­gen­der il­lus­tra­tor, print-maker and tat­too artist from Pimi­cika­mak in Man­i­toba’s Treaty 5 ter­ri­tory who now lives in oc­cu­pied Pocum­tuck Ter­ri­to­ries (western Mas­sachusetts). Her art fo­cuses on her love for the earth and her work to help de­fend the land and pro­tect the wa­ter­ways of Tur­tle Is­land. Al­lan Richard cre­ated the map on pages 14-15, and the il­lus­tra­tions in the “Liv­ing Well To­gether” story. He is an Ojibwe graphic de­signer and il­lus­tra­tor from McCreary, Man­i­toba in Treaty 2 ter­ri­tory. He spent his younger years read­ing comics and draw­ing many of the char­ac­ters from those pages. He is writ­ing and il­lus­trat­ing his own se­ries of self-pub­lished comic books. The fic­tion story “Del’s Truck” was il­lus­trated by Alice RL, a pro­fes­sional Il­lus­tra­tor based in Treaty 1 ter­ri­tory, Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba. The non-bi­nary Ojibwe artist draws in­spi­ra­tion from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and cul­tural teach­ings, and blends it with bright, play­ful colours. Alice also works on game and comic book art, dig­i­tal and tra­di­tional il­lus­tra­tion, and graphic de­sign. Il­lus­tra­tor Alex Dio­chon has been draw­ing his­tory comics for Kayak since 2011, in­clud­ing “Power of the Peo­ple” in this is­sue. He has also worked on the card game 5 Minute Dun­geon, the comic Craft­ing and the an­i­mated show Ugly Amer­i­cans, as well as sev­eral web comics. He lives in Oakville, On­tario, in a ter­ri­tory known as the Brant Tract, named for the fa­mous Mo­hawk Chief Joseph Brant.

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