Who was Kateri Tekakwitha? A Mohawk-Algonquin woman born in 1656, Kateri devoted her adult life to Christianity and died at age 24. In 1980, she became the first Native to be beatified by the Catholic Church, and in 2012 she became the first Native to be granted Sainthood.
But really, who was Kateri? In the video below, part of the TimeTravellerTM series by artist Skawennati, a student with a paper to write goes back in time to meet the revered figure. In this imagining of the story (created before Kateri was sainted), Kateri’s Christianity is not as cut-and-dried as the Catholic Church might like to believe.
Skawennati’s TimeTravellerTM series of videos is a project that uses machinima animation — a type of animation derived from video games — to depict adventures in Native history by a narrator wearing virtual-reality glasses. In other episodes, characters visit the Aztecs of Tenochtitlan circa 1490, occupied Alcatraz Island in 1969, and the future. To see all nine clips, visit TimeTravellerTM.com, and to stay up-to-date on this project and others, follow Skawennati at Facebook.com/skawennati.