ULethbridge Fine Arts faculty receives Blackfoot name Piiksinaasin

The University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Fine Arts has received a Blackfoot name from Iikaisskini (Low Horn) Dr Leroy Little Bear. The new name—Piiksinaasin—means Manifesting Beauty. “In many Indigenous communities, art is very much a part of our ways. It’s on the rocks, it’s on our tipis, each one with their own meaning,” explained Little Bear. “Each one of those arts has a name, there’s a story behind it.” ULethbridge faculty dean Dr Heather Davis-Fisch noted that the name gifted to the faculty comes with the ongoing responsibility of serving Indigenous students and the Blackfoot community, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the faculty’s work to date on supporting Indigenization.