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3 Of 4 The Story Of Equinox
Created by Ontario resident and series writer Jeff Lemire, Equinox is 16 years old, a Cree girl, and she's named Miiyahbin. She hails from the community of Moose Factory in the Moose Cree territory of Northeastern Ontario, Canada, at the southern end of the Hudson Bay.
Equinox was an inspiration from the story of Shannen Koostachin, a 15-year-old Cree activist who led efforts to lobby for funding for First Nations education. Kooostachin died in a car crash in 2010 shortly before her sixteenth birthday, and a youth education movement, Shannen’s Dream, was established in her memory.
4 Of 4 The Costume
When creating the character and her costume they visited the Moose Factory community and spoke to Cree teenagers to find the voice for his character, and spoke to residents to hear their ideas. One resident advised Lemire to steer clear of “beads and fringe and feathers and a loincloth”, and while Equinox’s costume is inspired by traditional Cree ceremonial clothing, it’s certainly more contemporary than the costumes worn by many First Nations and Native American heroes like Red Wolf, Owlwoman, Shaman, Dawnstar, or Black Crow.