Annita Lucchesi is a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge, in
the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program. She is housed in the
Native American Studies department, and her work explores how community and
culture-based cartography can be used as a medium with which to imagine
more holistic forms of justice for indigenous peoples. Her ongoing
dissertation research examines how cartography can be used as a form of
testimony, narrative storytelling, activism, and healing with regards to
the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and the United
States. As part of this work, Annita maintains one of the largest databases
of MMIW cases in existence, with over 2,000 cases currently. Annita
frequently collaborates with indigenous non-profits, policy advocates, and
community organizations in raising awareness on this issue.
Annita is Southern Cheyenne, and her Indian name is Evening Star Woman. Her
ancestral homelands are in northern Colorado and Wyoming, and her family’s
traditional winter camp was located near where the city of Denver is now.