Sandra Lamouche a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree Woman) living near and married into the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta. She is currently completing her M.A. thesis titled “Nitonahk Miyo Pimadisiwin (Seeking a Good Life) Through Indigenous Dance”. Sandra is an award winning educator, champion hoop dancer, TEDx Speaker, writer and choreographer. Her approach to art and work includes holistic and land based practices.
Stewardess of the Land explores the relationship between Indigenous women bodies and land. I am born of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), my maternal grandmother being an unsolved murder. The connection is direct for Indigenous peoples, between MMIW and exploitation of the land. The work explores the themes of taking care of the land and taking care of women, and how taking care of the land and taking care of ourselves is interconnected. A reclamation of Indigenous woman identity as sacred, values and connected. Often Indigenous cultures see the earth as a female entity, that which gives life, just like women. Indigenous cultures were often matriarchal yet today women are often treated as second class citizens, especially Indigenous women.