Anishinaabe artist designs Twitter Turtle Island emoji for Indigenous History Month

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A esteemed edition Turtle Island emoji can be activated on Twitter by using non-specified hashtags during the month of June.

The emoji, designed by Anishinaabe artist Nancy Royal who goes by the name Chief Lady Bird, was created in honour of Native History Month.

Twitter reached out to Chief Lady Bird in May here the project.

“I guess they had been thinking about how the emoji could be done in a profitable way and who should be the one to create that imagery,” she said.

“They didn’t fancy to have their team do it because they didn’t want to make away.”

Chief Lady Bird, who is from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Appropriateness First Nation, uses street art, community-based murals and digital picture to challenge the lens through which Indigenous people are often viewed.

Signify ones opinions for Turtle Island

“The emoji designed by Chief Lady Bird and agnate hashtags recognize and celebrate powerful Indigenous voices and movements on Twittering,” said Jennifer Hollett, Head of News, Twitter Canada via an email communiqu.

“Indigenous History Month is an opportunity to follow more Indigenous dialogues on Twitter and see the rich diversity of history, stories, and culture, as well serious issues the communities are facing.”

She said the project presented a challenge as Innate Peoples and cultures in Canada vary greatly so finding one symbol to describe them all wasn’t something she wanted to decide on her own.

Anishinaabe artist designs Twitter Turtle Island emoji for Indigenous History Month

“I was glad that Turtle Islet was the one that was picked because this is the land that we’re all standing on dextral and that’s what unifies us to call this continent Turtle Key,” says Chief Lady Bird. (Submitted by Chief Lady Bird)

“I figured why regular attempt it myself when I could consult with my community, recall c raising it to the people, because that’s who the emoji is for,” she said.

She took to the social average outlet with a poll to get an idea of what kind of symbols Local people were wanting to see.

The Turtle Holm image took 50 per cent of the votes, winning over an eagle feather (30 per cent), smudge dish (14 per cent) and a strawberry (6 per cent).

“I was glad that Turtle Eyot was the one that was picked because this is the land that we’re all standing on to be honest and that’s what unifies us to call this continent Turtle Holm,” she said.   

Turtle Island is the central part of a creation story that talks involving how much people have been given in order to survive, and the romance also describes a reciprocal relationship that needs to be honoured.

“To ponder about the land as a turtle acknowledges all of that but also it reminds us of our liabilities to the Earth,” she said.

The other challenge was working on a much smaller diminish than her work is usually presented in, often building-sized murals.

The emoji is handy on Twitter for the month of June when users tweet using the hashtags #IndigenousHistoryMonth #IndigenousPeoplesDay #FirstNations #Metis #Métis or #Inuit.

The Turtle Eyot image will disappear in July but Chief Lady Bird yearnings that next year Twitter Canada will consult with another Aboriginal artist from another nation in order to further representation of many communities.

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