Printing was achieved using photopolymer plates, Cherokee metal type & bamboo metal type. Ul'nigid' is a poetic narrative and visual representation of my personal memories of my maternal Grandmother; she was a medicine-woman, a basket weaver, and a fluent speaker of the Cherokee language. Ul'nigid' was uniquely designed to represent a basket which not only reminds me of her, it also shows how the basket can hold life, stories and memories. Ul'nigid' mimics her being and each of the writings within the book share themes of home, language, healing, love and lineage, which are essential to indigenous survivable. This was exponentially significant during the making of this book because I was pregnant with my first child, Otic Kila Kanosdaya Bark-Swimmer. Creating Ul'nigid' allowed organic story-sharing between my child and my grandmother, which highlights the importance of caretaking for future lineages while simultaneously honoring ancestors. The title, Ul'nigid' translates to "strong" which she truly was, the most delicate way.

 

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