Photograph by Tim Rummelhoff, Courtesy of McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers.


she who lives on the road to war will explore Native feminist leader Jigonhsasee’s foundational influence on the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the U.S. Constitution. I will contribute to indigenizing our history by tracing this cultural–political genealogy through my embodied relationship to it: through dance. I will weave the real and imagined histories of how the Haudenosaunee Confederacy coalesced from separate Nations and feature Jigonhsasee’s role in envisioning new governing structures, peoples, and territories. Recuperating lost matrilineal origins, this work can remind us that we are stronger together when we acknowledge our history. It is my hope that this work will lead towards creating peace our ancestors deserve and demand.

A feminist artist and activist, I grew up and live in the Twin Cities intertribal Native community. Being rooted in cultural teachings, values, ethics, and sense of the world gives me a deep foundation from which all my work as a dance maker and community leader emerges. My work is underpinned by the culture, history, and identity stored in my body, renewed daily through interactions, collaborations, and political actions with Native artists, activists, and educators.


Rosy Simas, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Heron Clan), is a choreographer and film and visual artist based in Minneapolis. Her work investigates how culture, history, and identity are stored in the body and expressed in movement. For more than twenty years she has created work that addresses a wide range of political, social, and cultural subjects from a Native feminist perspective. She has received support from Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, First Peoples Fund, Guggenheim Foundation, and McKnight Foundation, and she is a Dance USA Fellow as well as a Joyce Awardee. Simas’s residency at WAMis supported by the Stardust Art Fund.


she who lives on the road to war will be on view in the Target Studio from December 21, 2019 – February 1, 2020. The installation includes video from Simas, sound from François Richomme, and sculpture from Simas and Jeffrey Wells. Dancers Jessika Enoh Akpaka, Valerie Oliveiro, Jeffrey Wells, Leslie Parker, Sam Johnson, Lela Pierce, Taja Will, J H Shuǐ Xiān, and Sharon Picasso also feature in Rosy’s piece. Rosy herself can be found working in the space during the following times:

Friday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14, 10:30 – 12:30
Thursday, January 16, 11:30 – 2:30
Thursday, January 23, 10:30 – 12:30
Saturday, January 25, 10:30 – 12:30
Thursday, January 30, 10:30 – 12:30