Young Native Artist Hoping to Make Magic with New Podcast

Young Native Artist Hoping to Make Magic with New Podcast

I fell in love with Gourd Jewels earrings a couple of years ago and have suggested them to our readers many times in our gift guides. We've even spotlighted Gourd Jewels creator Michael Adams' story right here on So it's with great excitement that we can announce to you a new project coming from Adams. Read more from the official press release below!


Michael Adams (Hopi-Tewa) resides on the Hopi reservation in the rural part of Northern Arizona. Here he remains connected to his culture and family, while running his jewelry design business, “Gourd Jewels”. As an artist himself, he has managed to connect with many other talented artists from various tribes at art shows, such as the Heard, SWAIA, Autry, etc. Adams explained, “Every artist has a story to share regarding their experience, their vision, or message behind their work. I love engaging other artists about their creation process or why they create or where they learned. Almost every artist talks about passing on their knowledge to younger generations to continue their heritage.”

For those reasons, Adams is currently laying the ground work to launch his first digital podcast show that will interview Native American artists all across Indian Country. Adams has been listening to podcasts and learning how to create a successful show for the past year. “I am now ready to launch this show for the Native artists that deserve to be heard and share a piece of themselves for their families, clients, and young upcoming artists. My goal with Creator's Magic podcast is to document these amazing stories from artists as I search to uncover their passion, their message, their strength, and how they create their work,” Adams shared. “Artists like my mom, who is a Hopi Potter, have incredible messages to share about how their art intertwines with their life experiences and cultural heritage. I want to capture a glimpse of that to share with all those interested in Native art,” he explained.

In the area of digital content, podcasts are certainly growing and will soon be as familiar as radio or newspaper. For example, President Obama was recorded on a podcast interview on Marc Maron's “WTF” show, which gathered over 1.6 million digital downloads and counting. This listener size can surely give newspapers like, The New York Times, a run for their audience. Currently, there are over 250,000 unique podcasts, with more added daily, that deliver unique entertaining content on topics from business, art, education, love, family, religion, etc. You can listen to shows through your smart phone app, internet, or portable media player. More and more people are listening to podcasts on their rides to work, their workout sessions, or plane rides.
Currently, there are only a handful of Native produced podcasts in the ITunes directory. Podcasts such as “Entreprenative”, “Native Trailblazers“, “NextGen” are a few shows that talk with successful Native people about business and development. Also, the “Native America Calling” radio show, recently started submitting their show to be featured as a podcast. The biggest benefit of podcast audio is that it is easily consumable information that you want to hear. Adams shared, “podcasting is a powerful way to deliver a message that can shape another's perception, especially regarding the stigma of what Native Art is.”

Adams revealed that the “Creators Magic” podcast show will launch in October 2015 and feature one artist a week. Currently, he has secured a painter/designer, a wood carver, and a photographer to kick off the launch day. However, he would like the future listeners to drive the direction of the show by connecting him with artists they want to hear from. If you have an artist you would like to suggest to be interviewed, make your suggestion at Adams is offering a free Sneak Peek of the 3 artists that will launch his show if you sign up.

Last Updated on November 3, 2022 by poeticresearch

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 readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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