Native Realities Launches “Deer Woman” Kickstarter Campaign


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown July 19th, 2017 Blog


From the folks that have published some outstanding Indigenous comics such as Tribal Force, and Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers comes this amazing new project! DEER WOMAN: AN ANTHOLOGY aims to bring together more than a dozen Native and Indigenous women artists and illustrators to present stories of resistance, survival, empowerment, and hope.

Drawing from the inspiration of traditional Deer Woman stories, DEER WOMAN: AN ANTHOLOGY will be a powerful collection of stories by Native women to bring determination and healing to those in need and those willing to listen with their hearts.

In case you're unfamiliar with the Deer Woman story, their Kickstarter campaign lays it all out for you.



Who Is Deer Woman?

The stories of Deer Woman come from numerous tribes and nations throughout the United States. As Muskogee scholar, Carolyn Dunn tells it, “In some of these stories, a beautiful young woman meets a young man and entrances him into a sexual relationship. The woman is so beautiful that the young man is often swayed by her beauty away from family, home, community. If the young man is so entranced as to not notice the young woman's feet—which in the case of Deer Woman are hooves—then he falls…and stays with her forever, wasting away into depression, despair, prostitution, and ultimately, death.” In other stories, Deer Woman uses her sensuality to lure young men or women away from the light of the fire into the deep woods, where she would bring a bloody lesson to bear with her sharp hooves.

In all of the stories, Deer Woman is a powerful, spirit-being meant to remind us (People of creation) to remember our responsibilities, to tend the fire, and to be aware of the powerful forces that exist beyond the homeplace.

Here is a list of some of the women already tapped to participate in the anthology:

Elizabeth LaPensee
Weshoyot Alvitre
Nashoba Dunn
Jackie Moon
Maria Wolf
Mia Casesa
SunRose Ironshell
Barbara Kenmille
Chelsea Crespin
Tammy Begay
Tatum Bowie

If you pledge your support to the campaign, you'll also be eligible for some neat rewards like stickers, hard copy of the book, t-shirts, original artwork and other awesome incentives, depending on your pledge level. There's even a campaign perk of getting VIP tickets to the next Indigenous Comic Con!

For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1532301108/deer-woman-an-anthology.



About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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