Through love, passion, and the honoring of my Indigeneity, I accept the social and spiritual responsibility in the statement, “artists are the true healers.” With art and culture as compass and a mirror, one of my main goals when creating a piece is not only to touch the hearts of the audience, but also, to take advantage of the moment as an educational opportunity to impact social change. I communicate messages from experiences of oppression, resistance, resilience, and traditional Native American stories by letting people see life in today’s world through a native lens. Through the combination of video,music, dance, poetry, costume design, regalia design, stage props, set design, and masks, these concept pieces are created and brought to life. Audiences are sonically immersed in another world through traditional instruments like drums, rattles, flutes. They’re invited to an urban Indian experience through modern electro/synth sounds, accompanied by vocal compositions and techniques used by our native ancestors. My prayer is that audiences leave with new thoughts of an indigenous value system after having shared an experience with me that is always authentic, and from the heart.
As a spoken word performance artist, I tackle subject matters in the contemporary and traditional worlds of Native American lives. The pieces depict a vast array of triumphs, struggles, victories, and tribulations throughout our Native histories. Such as intergenerational trauma, the loss and violation of our lands, the tremendous spiritual responsibility it has always been to be a Two Spirit, and the celebration of our remarkable resilience and indestructible roots. Roots that I am intentionally and meticulously preserving for the next seven generations to come.
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Quest for Healing
Overcoming the challenges of fighting HIV among Native Americans