It’s important to tell the stories of my ancestors, of the present and the imagined futures of my children and their children; I do this through art and through my zine queer indigenous girl. I'm deeply influenced by my cultural teachings, my children, my community (especially my URL community) and other artists.
I created (O'Otham) New Moon in Aries depicting the colors red and yellow, with the color red representative of the root chakra (located at the base of the spine) and yellow the solar plexus (located two inches above the navel) chakra. In this collage, the red rose (and individual) channels feminine energy and grounds us as people to the Earth; the yellow rose (and individual) is masculine energy that strengthens our will as individuals and community. This is precisely what red jasper and yellow topaz activate and stimulate within the root and solar plexus chakras. Rose quartz activates the heart chakra (located at the center of the heart) and is ultimately love - love of self, for others, the universe, for everything; it is healing and a love so great as to encompass the divine. I envision (O'Otham) New Moon in Aries as O'Otham in space and as our past, present and future. I see myself here standing/sitting strong in my queerness, disability, sickness, neurodivergence and motherhood.
About the Artist
Se'mana Thompson is of the Red House People (mother's clan) and born for the White People (father's clan). Her maternal grandfather's clan is the Hopi People and her paternal grandfather’s clan is the Flat Foot People (Pima a.k.a. Akimel O'Otham). In this way she is a Navajo woman. Se'mana is enrolled with the Gila River Indian Community which is comprised of the Akimel O'Otham and Pee Posh indigenous peoples and located on the southern boundary of the Phoenix metropolitan area. She is the editor and creator of the zine queer indigenous girl as well as the editor of the zines Decolonizing P@renting and Black Indigenous Boy. Se'mana lives with her children (creators of Black Indigenous Boy zine) and mother in Glendale, AZ.