Honourable Mention: “Calling the River” by Hali Heavy Shield
Nato'yi'kina'soyi Holy Light that Shines Bright/ Hali Heavy Shield is a member of the Blood Tribe/Kainai Nation of southern Alberta. As a writer and visual artist, Hali’s work often includes themes of Blackfoot language, storytelling, family, and the magic of laughter.
“Calling the River” is a digital representation of future-present Indigneous life. An Indigneous youth stands tall and proud, calling out to the river by its many names. The youth has adapted a traditional ribbon skirt into ribbon pants, and traditional design work (likely stitching, beading, quillwork, tufting, and tasseling) on purse. Our youth only continue to rise, with the love of the land and their ancestors behind them, and adapt and embody their cultures.—Lindsay Nixon, Room Magazine's Cover Art Contest 2019 contest judge