Pine Leaf/Woman Chief/Two Spirit; redone and retouched, graphite on paper. Kidnapped as a girl by the Crows (Absaroka), she grew up engaging in traditionally masculine activities. After her twin brother was murdered, she took an oath to never take a husband until she personally put 100 warriors to their graves. After accomplishing a set of tribal requirements, she eventually became a member of the Council of Chiefs and named Woman Chief.
The Trung Sisters; Mixed media on paper. Inspired by the Vietnamese sisters who raised hell against the Chinese in 40 CE. Legend has it that they killed a tiger who was terrorizing a village, and used its skin as parchment on which to write their proclamation urging people to oppose the Chinese. They are often depicted wielding swords and riding elephants into battle. After a legendary retaliation against their oppressors and eventual defeat, they endeavored to maintain their honor by drowning themselves in a river.
“But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.” -Eowyn, JRR Tolkien Return of the King