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Mahalia Hunt

A digital artwork part of F&S's fifth zine issue, I'm Sorry.

Mahalia Hunt (they/she) is a Sugpiaq/Kass’aq (settler) beadworker, born on Dena’ina land (Anchorage, Alaska) & currently living on Cheyenne, Ute, & Arapaho land (Denver, Colorado). Mahalia made their first piece of beadwork at age five, a beaded wire sculpture, which she still has today, floating around her bead box. They were encouraged to pick up beads by their father, also a beadworker, but have honed & challenged their craft over the past two decades.

"To be Indigenous is to have been touched by the epidemic of missing & murdered Indigenous women & girls. The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) reported that in 2016 alone there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian & Alaska Native women & girls. It is likely this number is low as many cases go unreported. These earrings are four feet long—each letter a foot of beaded steel—and weigh about 10 pounds each. Wearing the earrings would be painful & nearly impossible to bear, much like the weight of experiencing our sisters being stolen from our communities. These earrings were stolen from my studio in 2020. I mourn the loss of Indigenous objects, & grieve the lives of Indigenous women & girls stolen from their families. As I welded together the joints of each letter & meticulously beaded thousands of seed beads I prayed for our stolen sisters. Every bead a prayer."

I'm Sorry


I. Introduction by Chelsea Kaiah

II. SMAD Peach by Sumer Mohsen

III. Please leave a message 001 by Brandyn Busico

V. Violin Landscapes by Joshua Jauregui
VI. Remembering by Iako'tsi:rareh Amanda Lickers
VII. Roses Soft by Cherish Marquez
VIII. Untitled by Holly Nordeck
IX. Jane Roe by Natani Notah
X. Crater by Rowan Hynds
XI. Bridges We Burn by Carmen Selam