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Healing North Carolina Communities One Frame at a Time

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 27th, 2017 Last Updated on: June 27th, 2017

Running High on Indigenous I-Memory: Healing NC Communities One Frame at a Time

by April Whittemore Locklear

We all know the negative consequences of a self-fulfilling prophecy paired with historical trauma. Such unwanted parents give birth to generations of doubt, confusion and the deadliest of all – FEAR. At times we fear our own power to the point that we try to mask it. However, we are fortunate to have a Digital Ro-Ske-rah-Kyeh-Neh (Warrior) in North Carolina that captures our very power. The power to BE, be in the moment and cherish each frame of life. John Whittemore, Tuscarora artist and activist began playing around with his iPhone 5 years ago. Since that time, he's celebrated thousands of views on Vimeo.



TUSCARORA POWWOW 2017 by John (?ManiQ) Whittemore from John (ManiQ) Whittemore on Vimeo.

John uses social media and art as a way to motivate and heal our Indigenous Communities of Addiction, Colonialism, and bring attention to the Environment. As an NC Certified Peer Addiction Coach, John is a part of an addiction recovery team that inspires community members and links resources to those in need. In addition to community efforts, he filmed the North Carolina Longest Walk and local protest Atlantic Coast Pipeline. John is also a member of EcoRobeson and the Coalition of Woodland Indians Environmental groups. We do not always like to talk about our gifts. John helps each of us articulate our light thru his amazing videos. Words aren't needed when our actions inspire others to include our very own reflection.

Get inspired by John (ManiQ) Whittemore, visit: https://vimeo.com/user51711737


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.





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Craig Apelbaum

If adults are having kids. Why are they giving them up. Children are a beautiful thing.
They represent future generations.

S. Smalley

Empowerment of communities after generations of unimaginable mistreatment by groups in power is a vital part of community recovery. Community recovery enables encouragement of individual recovery… I like to see this.

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