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Jessica Loft

A multidisciplinary Indigenous Mohawk artist and founder of Behind The Actors Mask & Sacred Roots Productions, Jessica produced, wrote and performed in the role of SISTER in her own adapted version of Pig Girl originally written by Governor General Award Winning playwright Colleen Murphy.  The mainly all indigenous cast, with the expeption of the KILLER and POLICE OFFICER added elements of indigenous culture through original native songs,  ceremony, Mohawk language and costuming she created to raise awareness about human sex trafficking and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).  The play served to warn native teens of the vulnerabilities tied to the abuse of alcohol and drug use. The production was performed in 2016 from August 19 to 20 on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory in New York, and from August 26 to 27 on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec intended for a mainly Mohawk audience with 700+ in attendance.  In addition to producing and acting Jessica is the digital photographer of the copyrighted works entitled "Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Lily of the Mohawks" (SKTLM) and "Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Winter Journey" (SKTWJ). The works were completed to create an ethnologically appropriate image for Saint Kateri Tekakwitha who died in the 1600's by using a Mohawk model as the subject.  Both of the digital portraitures are used in the creation of her own line of Catholic souvenirs, handmade jewelry & chaplets and are sold at artisan and other events.  This year Jessica is raising the steaks, and she is working on  a licensing deal that will see the products made and Italy and made available to retailers in the USA.  Additionally, the SKTWJ will be used to market and advertise to an anticipated 1000 attendees for the upcoming 81st Annual Tekakwitha Conference to be held in the state of North Dakota, USA in 2020. Jessica is presently writing and illustrating an animated full-feature script suited for film and television.  And last-but-not least, she has recently produced a teaser for a documentary feature film project titled "Moving Forward" about Indigenous Mining in Canada. Jessica is currently seeking funding for this project.   "I've grown up in a culture were almost everyone I know is a natural born artist.  My people are known for making beautiful one-of-a-kind unique pieces of artwork, fine art or artisan jewelry and if we are lucky we make one sale at a time at massively discounted prices.  All around us we see Indigenous art that is not designed by the original people who inspired its works.  I personally think it's time for our people to start taking big bold steps toward mass marketing our designs, so that we can build a future and economy for our own communities.  The Creator gave us great vision and talent, and it's time to start thinking GLOBAL."