An image of Sikapinakii Low Horn
Sikapinakii Low Horn | Photo courtesy Sikapinakii Low Horn

Sikapinakii Low Horn

Local artist and Stampede First Nations Princess finds inspiration in Blackfoot community

Cherie McMaster & Sable Sweetgrass

Having attended the University of Calgary for a Masters of Fine Arts degree, Sikapinakii Low Horn, whose name translates to Black-Eyed Woman from Siksika Nation, has also found another way to express themselves creatively – thanks to the encouragement of their family, Low Horn applied and is currently reigning as the Calgary Stampede’s First Nations Princess. 

Low Horn’s love of writing led them to adapt and integrate that passion into their art to create text-based works. Low Horn credits their biggest influences as being writer Thomas King, as well as fellow Blackfoot artists.

“I like local artists, especially from our own Confederacy, our own people, who are Blackfoot (and) who are really good artists – it makes me want to keep creating. It just hypes me up to see all these Blackfoot artists. My own people are my biggest influence.”

Tune in to hear more about the triumphs and the challenges Low Horn faced on their academic journey as an Indigenous student, and the important role that family played in their education.

About The Storytelling Podcast: Indigenous Stories

Sharing diverse stories of creativity in our city, The Storytelling Podcast shines a spotlight on artists and projects that connect Calgarians to the arts.

Part of The Storytelling Project, this series raises awareness about local Indigenous artists who, by living creative lives, are making Calgary a better city, effecting positive change and enriching others’ lives.

Have a story to share? Email us at submissions@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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