Sierra discusses her body relative to the Navajo matriarchy within which she was raised. As templates, these women that she loved both told Sierra that she could do anything in her life and were also subject to white societal weight stigmas so they were also hanging out with Jane Fonda on VHS. Sierra discusses her childhood as a Navajo girl in a public school in Tucson and the racial profiling that happened to her and other students in her school. Jana and Sierra talk about how lack of meaningful representation of Native women in film and tv influenced their thinking about their own Indigeneity growing up. They also discuss representation currently and Sierra’s participation in the change that is being made for Natives in television.
Sierra just sold a show that got picked up to series and she talks about that process and how she feels about this moment of her life as well as how she feels about the role she’s stepping into!
Jana asks Sierra about her mother, a world famous Navajo weaver, and what Sierra has taken away from watching her mother navigate the world of money and how weaving rugs changed the direction of Sierra’s family completely. Sierra grew up in a family where art put food on the table so she describes the relationship between art and commerce with which she was raised. This fascinating conversation delves into the nature of Navajo weaving as well as what she learned about the business side of selling art.
Sierra can be followed on IG and Twitter @sierraornelas and wants you to tune into the show Rutherford Falls when it comes out on the Peacock Network!