Artist Steven Grounds – Native Evolution

We love it when our readers share with us unique talent in the community. A reader suggested we check out Native Evolution and we had to share with you! Steven Grounds, from the Navajo and Euchee tribes, was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma, in 1977. He has a life-long passion with art. After graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2004, he began to focus his artistic vision under the moniker Native Evolution. It ...

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AkaMya Founder Sage Romero Shares His Talent

Sage Andrew Romero is from the Big Pine Paiute and Taos Pueblo Tribes. He is an accomplished Hoop Dancer that has traveled throughout the world sharing the hoop dance and Native culture with international audiences to help educate against stereotypes. Here he is dancing for Matika Wilbur's Project 562 last year: He has also produced a series of short clips he calls Hoop Stories which highlight his performances across the globe....

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Native Talent – Panthera Photos

We always like to showcase Native talent, so we are happy to bring you some great photography from Nyeena-Swadwa Tronson of Panthera Photos. She is currently attending the Art Institute of Portland and will be graduating with her BFA in Photography and Design next spring. Last month we showed off some behind the scenes footage that she shot as part of the movie production Awakening with fellow classmates. Recently she launched her own Photography website at

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Literary life: Lynn Calf Robe’s “Really Good” Magazine

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Contributing Editor Lynn Calf Robe is a pioneering presence in publishing. A proud member of the Siksika Nation, the founder of Iksokapi Magazine is venturing into new territory with an online magazine "created for Indigenous women by Indigenous women". With a name derived from a tribal word that means "really good", this new magazine tackles relationships, fashion, culture and business from a Native perspective. Q) I love writing for and one of the biggest reasons is ...

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Quincy Afraid of Lightning, Lakota Warrior

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima,Contributing Editor Quincy Afraid of Lightning's striking name makes an indelible impression on everyone who hears it. So does his stunning presence in powwow regalia, as this mighty Lakota dances at many powwows. Yet, it is his indomitable spirit that stands out as a steady, strong example of traditional Lakota values and his personal faith beliefs. Recently, this powwow dancer took a break from serving his community to speak with us about the fire that fuels his ...

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Creek Power: A visit with John Timothy

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Music Editor Born 1966 in Muskogee, OK , the youngest of three children. His father, John Timothy Sr., bestowed his Indian name "Yafke” upon him because it means “evening” in the Muscogee (Creek) language. He thought this appropriate for the birth of his last child. Growing up in the Muscogee Nation, it was not difficult for John to become familiar with his American Indian roots. He continues to embrace these traditions as an adult. John worked at the ...

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Ivy League Native!!! BazilleDx raps about the rez and his reasons for rapping!

Interview By Dr. Dawn Karima, Ph.D. Music Editor   Ivy League Native BazilleDx shows his verbal prowess on term papers and in rap battles.  A noted producer, this Cheyenne River Sioux student hosts a popular music show called "The Slapback" that features the latest in hip hop and rap.  Prolific artist BazilleDx discusses dynamic music, cultural character and forging his unique identity in this recent chat. Q) Will you please introduce yourself to us? What do you want us to know about you? A) ...

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Will Layha Spoonhunter be the first Native American President? He sure hopes so!

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Contributing Editor Will a comedian/motivational speaker be the first Native American President? Layha Spoonhunter sure hopes so! This dedicated Chicken Dancer has already graced the Presidential Inauguration with his powwow dancing and hopes someday to be take up residence in the White House. He shares his thoughts on elections, culture and Powwows with us in this interview. Layha Spoonhunter ...


Keeping a Good Mind: A Visit with Duane Brayboy

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Contributing Editor Q) It's great to visit with you!!! What are some of the facts you'd like us to know about you? A) I am a member of the Tosneoc Tuscarora Community (Rawkist/Turtle Clan), which is part of the greater Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina. I encourage a traditional, responsible and sober lifestyle that brings stability to family life and therefore to our communities and nation. Q) How does your Native culture form the foundation of your character? A) After the ...


One World Music Award Winner David Rose Performs on the Powwow Trail

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Music Editor Stirring, soulful sounds are the hallmark of David Rose's intense flute playing. Recently honored with the Silver Arrow Award, this Choctaw/Cherokee recording artist is a fixture on the powwow trail. David Rose took a break from Powwwow Highway to celebrate his One World Music Award with! Q) It's great to visit with you!!! There's a lot to congratulate you for these days! What are some of the honors and accomplishments you have received recently? A) ...

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