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Artist statement

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.

News

2019-2018

Press Articles and Publications

March 30th, 2019

New York City's finest Native American/First Nations artists come together for one night during Carnegie Hall arts festival

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March 28th, 2019

'Urban NDNS' take over Manhattan

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March 11th, 2019

 

Artist Sheldon Raymore, Cheyenne River Sioux, among 25 individuals selected to receive First Peoples Fund grants

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February 6th, 2019

 

BWW Review: AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND at FirstWorks

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January 28th, 2019

 

Heather Henson and Ty Defoe Present TURTLE ISLAND, A Contemporary Native American Story

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December 12th, 2018

 

Puppet Artist Heather Henson Announces Tour Of AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND

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November 30th, 2018

Native American Two Spirit Concept Explained at Rainbow Center

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July 20th, 2018

 

Sheldon Raymore, Lakota, brings HIV Prevention and Anti-Stigma to Amsterdam

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July 19th, 2018

Two-Spirit Pop Artist Redefines HIV Response Through Multidisciplinary Arts at AIDS 2018 Amsterdam

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June 18th, 2018

Lakota Actor Sheldon Raymore Comes Full Circle In "Fear Of Oatmeal"

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February 12th, 2018

Quest for Healing

Overcoming the challenges of fighting HIV among Native Americans

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curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

(Photo by Dennis Cahlo)

  • 2003 University Nevada Las Vegas – Las Vegas, N.V. -Fashion Design Certification Program – Tailor and Alteration & Fashion Illustration
  • 1998 Salish Kootenei College & Kicking Horse Job Corps – Ronan M.T. – Forestry Technician Aide Certification Received– Wildland Firefighter 
  • 1997 Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School – Eagle Butte, S.D. – Diploma



LECTURES

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  • 2019 Drexel University - Fashion Style & Global Culture Conference - Philadelphia, PA
  • 2018 University of Connecticut - Rainbow Center’s Native American Heritage Month “Two Spirit - Past, Present, and Future” Storrs, CT
  • 2018 Southwest HEP C Tribal Summit & Arizona Statewide American Indian STD/HIV Conference, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2017 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit-“Race and Biomedical Prevention Plenary”, New Orleans, LA
  • 2017 United States Conference on AIDS - “Surviving the Epidemics and HIV/AIDS in Urban Indian Communities”, Washington D.C.
  • 2016 University of Connecticut - “Two-Spirit Past, Present, Future: Reclaiming Our Place of Honor” Storrs, CT
  • 2015 Yale University – “Two Spirit People: Regaining our Positions of Honor in the Circle” New Haven, CT
  • 2015 New York University – “Two Spirit” New York City, NY
  • 2014 New Jersey City University- “Two Spirit: Then and Now” Jersey City, NJ
  • 2014 Brown University – “Two Spirit: Then and Now” Providence, RI
  • 2014 Princeton University –“Two Spirit: Then and Now” Princeton, NJ
  • 2014 Drexel University – “Two Spirit: Reclaiming our place of honor” Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014 University of Connecticut – “Two Spirit: Reclaiming our place of honor” Storrs, CT
  • 2014 Native American Training Institute in New Mexico – “Two Spirit: Reclaiming our place of honor” Santa Fe, NM

EXHIBITIONS

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  • September 14th, 2018 thru April 28th, 2019 Museum of The City of New York, “Germ City” Exhibit, - Visual Art Miniature Tipi Cover Display - New York, NY
  • September 6-9/2018 United States Conference on AIDS - Visual Art Exhibit - PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project - Orlando, FL
  • July 21-27th, 2018 International AIDS Conference - Visual Art Exhibit - PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • June 21st - Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, “Into The Fire” Artist Showcase - Miniature Tipi Display and Grammy Gown Exhibit.
  • June 14th-July 14th/2018 John Molloy Gallery - Contemporary Native American Art Exhibit - We’wha & the Two Spirit Tradition in Native Society - New York City, NY
  • April 20-27th, 2018 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - Visual Art Exhibit - PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project - New York City, NY
  • March 23rd, 2018 The Whitney Museum of American Art - Visual Art Exhibit - PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project - New York City, NY
  • March 15th, 2018 Indian Health Service Headquarters - Solo Visual Art Exhibit - PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project - Rockville, MD
  • 2011 D Gallery - Solo Visual Art Exhibit - November Featured Artist of the Month - Philadelphia, PA

AWARDS & GRANTS

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  • 2019 First Peoples Fund - AICH 50 Winters Project
  • 2018 Private Charitable Trust Sponsorship - PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project
  • 2017 Office of Minority Health Resource Center Grant - PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project
  • 2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Arts Council – “Rainbow Crow” 


MODELING/PRINT MEDIA/PUBLICATIONS

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  • 2018 POZ Magazine - National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness - March Issue
  • 2017 Comic Book: SOVEREIGN TRACES: (NOT (JUST) (AN)OTHER VOL. 1 - Cultural Consultant - Tara Ogaick
  • 2017 National Native American AIDS Prevention - “Native Talk” Campaign 
  • 2015 OUT Magazine - A Two Spirit Gathering - October Issue 
  • 2015 NYC Pride Guide - East Coast Two-Spirit Society - June Issue

TELEVISION/FILM/VIDEO

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  • 2018 Youtube - “Tony Enos” I Cry Music Video - Producer - NYC
  • 2017 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World Film - Grass Dancer - New York, NY
  • 2016 Manhattan Neighborhood Network Show - TV Host - Pilot New York Natives -  New York, NY
  • 2016 The Miseducation of Cameron Post Film - Parkville Pictures - Actor/Consultant - Hudson, NY
  • 2015 ABC’s Born to Explore with Richard Weiss – “Legend of Dance” Television - Featured Grass Dancer - National Museum of the American Indian New York, NY
  • 2015 AMC “Untitled Western Documentary” Television– Actor - Gerradstown, WV
  • 2015 Netflix – “Unbreakable Kimmi Schmidt” Television-Season 2 Episode 1 –Actor - Newhampton, NY
  • 2015 Youtube – “Tony Enos” Two Spirit Music Video – Featured Grass Dancer - Seneca Nation Reservations Allegany State Park, NY