Designer, Artist, Writer In the 2D sidescroller Thunderbird Strike, fly from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island with searing lightning against the snake that threatens to swallow the lands and waters whole. With design, art, and writing by Elizabeth LaPensée, programming by Adrian Cheater and Aubrey Jane Scott, and music and sound effects by NÀHGĄ a.k.a. Casey Koyczan.
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, 2017
Writer Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a bleak American folk tale about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. Designed by Johnnemann Nordhagen and developed by Dim Bulb Games and Serenity Forge with writing by Elizabeth LaPensée and more. Winner of Developers Choice Award at IndieCade 2017.
Coyote Quest, 2017
Narrative Designer & Writer Coyote Questis a point-and-click adventure game for the web based on Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network that engages in Indigenous science through Coyote's tricky style. With creative direction by Loretta Todd, narrative design and writing by Elizabeth LaPensée, art by Nelson Dedos Garcia, music by Mob Bounce, design and programming by Silverstring Media, and production by Agentic Digital Media.
Designer & Artist Manoominike is a motion game about Anishinaabe practices of ricing created for the Duluth Children's Museum in collaboration with Ojibwemowining Digital Arts Studio with design and art by Elizabeth LaPensée, technical direction and video art by Joellyn Rock, and programming by Logan Sales.
Designer & Artist Inspired by traditional moccasin game, Mikan is a finding game on mobile (Android and iOS) created for the Duluth Children's Museum with design and art by Elizabeth LaPensée, programming by Tyler Coleman, and sound by Jon Whiting that passes on phrases such as jiimaan (canoe) in Anishinaabemowin.
Honour Water, 2016
Designer, Artist, Writer Honour Wateris a singing game for mobile (iOS) developed by Pinnguaq with art and design by Elizabeth LaPensée. Songs by Anishinaabe elders and Sharon Day sung by the Oshkii Giizhik Singers pass on teachings about water in Anishinaabemowin. Exhibited at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2016, Water Moves MSU, Frozen River Film Festival 2016, and Asinabka Festival 2017.
Little Earth Strong, 2016
Designer & Writer Little Earth Strong is a gameful health intervention program where youth are superheroes who activate gifts based on the Seven Teachings by completing powerup challenges. Elizabeth LaPensée designed and created art for the gameful program in partnership with the Research for Indigenous Community Health Center and Little Earth United Tribes.
Designer & Programmer With design and programming by Elizabeth LaPensée, art by Steven Paul Judd, and music by Trevino Brings Plenty, Invaders for web and mobile is a spin on the classic arcade game Space Invaders. Curated by Babycastles, SAW Gallery, and Bloodlines at Bridge Productions. Shown at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2015, Indie Revolution Expo 2016, and Digital Games Research Association + Foundations of Digital Games Conference 2016.
Ninagamomin ji-nanaandawi'iwe, 2015
Designer, Artist, Programmer Ninagamomin ji-nanaandawi'iwe (We Sing for Healing) is a musical choose-your-own adventure text game for web with design, art, and programming by Elizabeth LaPensée and music by Exquisite Ghost. Shown at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2015. Curated by Planet IndigenUS 2015 and SAW Gallery.
The Gift of Food, 2014
Designer & Writer The Gift of Food is a board game about traditional Northwest Native foods by the Northwest Indian College. Designed and written by Elizabeth LaPensée and produced and co-written by Elise Krohn with art by Roger Fernandes and graphic design by Annie Brulé, this delightful game is packed with traditional food knowledge. Each player balances foods and medicines in their basket while reinforcing the values of collaboration, stewardship, generosity, and gratitude as they strive to thrive through the seasons.
Gathering Native Foods, 2014
Co-Designer Gathering Native Foodsis a suite of touchscreen mini-games co-designed by Elizabeth LaPensée in collaboration with the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve on behalf of Tulalip tribes and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Mini-games include clam digging, wild blackberry picking, and salmon catching in ways that honor land and community available in museums through a national tour of Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science.
Max's Adventures, 2013
Designer & Writer In the social impact game Max's Adventures designed and written byElizabeth LaPensée, Max the Fox and his friends engage youth in wellbeing through being active, eating healthy meals and snacks, and balancing with water while they complete quests that take place in nature and online.
Co-Designer Mawisowin is an arcade style web game for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network show Back in the Day. With conceptual design by Elizabeth LaPensée and design and programming by Ed Stastny, this fast paced game is a race to pick berries and clear diseases on bushes before they wilt.
Designer & Writer Techno Medicine Wheel, designed and written by Elizabeth LaPensée in collaboration with T’Uty’Tanat-Cease Wyss, is an alternate reality game from the Aboriginal History Media Arts Lab. Little People lead players on adventures throughout traditional territories in Vancouver, British Columbia as they learn about traditional medicinal plants and their care and uses.
Venture Arctic, 2007
Writer Venture Arctic is an eco sim from award-winning indie game company Pocketwatch Games with writing and cultural research by Elizabeth LaPensée that challenges the player to act as Mother Nature, subtly acknowledging the impact of oil industry on the life far north in the midst of growth in the sun and destruction in the wind.
Of Ash and Snow, Forthcoming
Writer & Colorist "Of Ash and Snow" in the forthcoming comics collection Sovereign Traces: Relational Constellation with writing and colors by Elizabeth LaPensée and inks by Mitchell Bercier is a romance about two Michif who cross paths during the peak and collapse of logging industry in the early 1900's.
The Strange People, 2017
Artist Written by Louise Erdrich with art by Elizabeth LaPensée, "The Strange People" in the forthcoming comics collection Sovereign Traces: Not Just Another follows an antelope woman whose night goes as to be expected for her people.
They Who Walk As Lightning, 2017
Writer Written by Elizabeth LaPensée with art by Richard Pace, "They Who Walk As Lightning" in MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection Volume 2 highlights a young woman who returns to thunderbird teachings as she works alongside her family to face the impact of toxic spills in their community.
Deer Woman: A Vignette, 2015
Writer Deer Woman: A Vignette, which later grew into Deer Woman: An Anthology, tells Deer Woman's side of the story while passing on self-defense teachings in support of Arming Sisters. Written by Elizabeth LaPensée, edited by Allie Vasquez, and edited by Jonathan Thunder. Winner of the Awesome Foundation Portland's Peoples' Choice Award.
The Observing, 2015
Writer Written by Elizabeth LaPensée for MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collectionwith art by GMB Chomichuk, "The Observing"retells a historical story of an unexpected encounter while hunting. Bronze Medal for “Best Graphic Novel” at the 20th Annual Independent Publisher’s Awards. Named "The Best Book of 2015" by the School Library Journal.
Copper Heart, 2015
Writer Written by Elizabeth LaPensée for MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collectionwith pencils by Claude St-Aubin and color by Andy Stanleigh, "Copper Heart" reflects on a man's childhood experience with the memegwesiwag who come to the aid of his sister when she falls ill. Bronze Medal for “Best Graphic Novel” at the 20th Annual Independent Publisher’s Awards. Named "The Best Book of 2015" by the School Library Journal.
Our Words, 2012
Writer & Artist With art and writing by Elizabeth LaPensée, Our Words in INC's Universe #0 is a one-page comic which reflects on the burning of birchbark scrolls and recognizes comics as a way to share stories and teachings.
The Nature of Snakes, 2012
Writer & Artist The Nature of Snakes is a reimagined traditional story told through writing and art by Elizabeth LaPensée and Anishinaabemowin translations by Perry Bebamash. Premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2012.
Writer Falais an urban Native remix of Alice in Wonderland in web comic form written by Elizabeth LaPensée which was created through winning the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's Comic Creation Nation Contest.
The West Was Lost, 2008
Writer The West Was Lostis a steampunk web comic written by Elizabeth LaPensée which was created through winning the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's Comic Creation Nation Contest. Shown at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2010.
Writer A First Nations teen resistantly steps up against Wetiko to protect the community at Gods' Lake from urban expansion and destruction in the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's Animism, an animated series, alternate reality game, and short story anthology with writing by Elizabeth LaPensée. Shaw Rocket Prize Finalist 2013.
Hands to the Sky, 2016
Director & Artist The experimental stop motion animation Hands to the Sky directed and animated by Elizabeth LaPensée with music by the Métis Fiddler Quartet follows fallout from oil extraction and transforms into healing. Premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2016. Shown at Media Democracy Days 2016, Standing Strong for Our Precious Water Art Exhibit and Concert Benefit, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival 2017, Queen City Shorts May Showcase, Egger Gallery at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, Montréal First Peoples Festival 2017, Asinabka Festival 2017, 2017 Soo Film Festival, Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival 2017, Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival 2017, 13th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, and Red Nation Film Festival 2017.
Director & Artist Stories of spacecanoes and space/time travel across dimensions unravel to "Trade Song" by the Métis Fiddler Quartet in the experimental stop motion Returning directed and animated by Elizabeth LaPensée. Awarded Best Animation at Montréal First Peoples Festival 2016. Premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2015. Shown at LA SKINS FEST 2015, Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival 2016, Festival Ciné Alter'Natif 2016 in France, Indigenous Film & Arts Festival 2016, Media Democracy Days 2016, Short Films From Around the World 2017, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's Native Cinema Showcase 2017, 2017 Soo Film Festival, and Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival 2017.