Discover the inventive letterforms of one of the first Native American women to be credited in the publishing world.
Angel DeCora (1871–1919) was a Ho-Chunk designer, artist, illustrator, and educator whose inventive lettering opens windows to the design of North American tribes. In this lecture, Neebinnaukzhik Southall, founder of the Native Graphic Design Project, will examine DeCora’s work, with a particular look at the illustrations and lettering she created for books and other publications.
Neebinnaukzhik Southall, a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, is a graphic designer, artist, photographer, and writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they run their small creative business Neebin Studios. Neebinnaukzhik means “Summer Evening” in the Ojibwe language.
Neebin was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Miami, Florida, and Corvallis, Oregon; they are fundamentally concerned with representing Native peoples in a positive and empowering way through their work. They also maintain a list of Indigenous graphic designers at the Native Graphic Design Project and believe that design work created by Native people is a vital part of tribal sovereignty.