Nicole Mitchell Lefthand is a Diné woman from Fort Defiance, Arizona. Her clans are Naaneesht’ézhi Táchiinii, Tótsohnii, ‘Áshįįhi, and Bilagáana. She will complete her bachelor of arts degree in Indigenous liberal studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in December 2018. Lefthand’s senior capstone project explores the impact that the diasporic experience has on the lives, consciousness, and identity of Navajo students living away from home.
She is a writer and thinker exploring what it means to be balanced. Lefthand uses writing to investigate themes of death and rebirth, sustainability, commodification, mass media, and narrative control. She uses her love of story and academic background to interpret the messages we carry, create, believe, and manufacture. Lefthand’s creative output is influenced by the realities of extreme change that can be seen within the land, people, and communities of her home.
After completing her degree, Lefthand plans to spend more time with her grandmothers.