Posts under: Native Profiles

Acosia Red Elk Video Interview

Acosia Red Elk, or Young Swan Rising From the Water, is a Champion Jingle Dress dancer from the Umatilla people.  A descendant of Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, she did not become interested in dancing until she was 16, when she taught herself to dance from videos of other jingle dancers.  Red Elk began dancing professionally in 1998...

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First Nation’s Actor Wows Audiences in Wonder Woman

There's been a lot of buzz over the weekend about the latest superhero blockbuster to be released. DC Comics' Wonder Woman brought in $100 million domestically and $122.5 million internationally, making it the third-highest opening for a film in the DC universe. Also worth mentioning is that director Patty Jenkins...

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Need A Laugh? Ladies of Native Comedy Can Help!

The Ladies of Native Comedy are comprised of four funny Indigenous women: Teresa Choyguha (Tohono O'odham), Tonia Jo Hall (Lakota/Dakota/Hidatsa), Adrianne Chalepah (Kiowa/Apache) and Deanna M.A.D.(Tonawanda Seneca). And if you're not following them on Facebook, you're missing out on some funny videos! The joys of being a big girl: Auntie...

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The Road to Gathering: Raymond Tsoatight

Raymond Tsoatight is a Kiowa Nation Southern Style and Gourd Dancer. Tsoatight has been coming to Gathering of Nations since the very beginning.  I was able to interview him as he was preparing to enter the arena for the Gourd Dance. When Tsoatight isn’t dancing he is busy working for...

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Interview with Arthur RedCloud from The Revenant

Thanks to Jeff Clevenger for arranging an interview with Arthur Redcloud.  Jeff created the custom Gathering of Nation guitar for this year's event. Redcloud is Navajo and grew up in Window Rock, Arizona, on the Navajo reservation. He attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, then eventually settled in...

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