Hugo Lucitante is a member of the Cofán people of Ecuadoran Amazonia. He is currently concentrating in Ethnic Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University. His work focuses on historical research on the Cofán people with interest in Indigenous Studies and environmental and sustainable development. Through Brown initiatives, he has helped develop the Cofán Heritage Project. He works closely with the Linguistics Department for a Cofán language documentation project, and with the Cofán-Brown Student Alliance Club. In addition to his school activities, Hugo currently works as a liaison for his people and the community of Zábalo, both as an Eco-tour guide and as a sitting board member for the Cofán Survival Foundation and Fundación Raíz.
Dine’ word- to think with hope and assurance. The process of making critical affirmative action of thinking, planning, learning, becoming experienced and confident to adapt.
Brother and sister, Jeneda and Clayson Benally of Blackfire from the Navajo (Dine’) Nation in Northern Arizona have created their own unique brand of music with bass and drums. They grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life. Their music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities and social and environmental justice.
To act and operate exclusively as a public organization charity, nonprofit corporation pursuant to the laws of the state of Washington, and to act and operate as a community organization which serves to support impoverished American’s focusing on Native American’s with charitable programs that advance quality of life while promoting social dignity though relief of the poor, the distressed and the underprivileged; Honoring all paths of cultural and spiritual traditions.
Music recording artist, Calina Lawrence
An enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe, Calina Lawrence was born and raised within her Indigenous culture in the Pacific Northwest area of Washington State.
Her vocal journey began at a young age, lending her voice to the preservation of Suquamish traditions. Her involvement in music has led her in activism in the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland. In 2016, Lawrence graduated with Honors from the University of San Francisco, attaining her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice, with a Music concentration.
The art-ivist has spent recent time traveling the country in advocacy for Native Treaty Rights and the “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as well as the “NoLNG253” movement led by the Puyallup Tribe.
Since graduation, Lawrence has released her debut single entitled “Alcatraz” a folk song (January ‘17) followed by the release of “Generations” (July ’17) a hip-hop track featuring 14 y/o ‘Deya. Most recently, she has released “Don’t Count Me Out” (December ’17) featuring indigenous vocalist Desirae Harp. Lawrence will be releasing her first album in the year 2018.
Lawrence is currently based out of the cities of Seattle/San Francisco and traveling the Nation pursuing her career as a musician/activist in the genre of RezSoul;combining genres of Traditional Folk, Hip Hop, R&B/Soul, and Spoken Word Poetry. For more info visit: calinalawrence.com.
ABOUT SWIL KANIM
Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation.
Because of his unique ability to inspire audiences to express themselves honorably, Swil Kanim is a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences, workshops, school assemblies, and rehabilitation centers.
He travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with his original composition music and native storytelling. His workshops, The Elements of Honor, are attended by people from all walks of life.
Swil Kanim considers himself and his music to be the product of a well supported public school music program. Music and the performance of music helped him to process the traumas associated with his early placement into the foster care system.
Swil Kanim’s compositions incorporate classical influences as well as musical interpretations of his journey from depression and despair to spiritual and emotional freedom. The music and stories that emerge from his experiences have been transforming people’s lives for decades.
Nancy’s parents are Donald & Janet McCloud, we grew up on the banks of the Nisqually River, my father’s parents are Willie Frank & Angeline Tobin, my mother’s are Mamie McCoy & John Renecker – I have 7 siblings, 6 children and 10 grandchildren. I live in Yelm, WA., by my parents home..
Janet is a Tulalip Tribal Member, Don is a Puyallup Tribal member.
Nancy grew up in the fishing wars on both the Nisqually & Puyallup River – we seen, heard and felt the anger of the sportsmen, game agents and the state government.
Nancy graduated from college at Evergreen College under the direction of Mary Hilliare.
Nancy worked at the Puyallup Tribe off and on for over 30 years – I like Natural resources jobs,. Nancy has been on Tribal Council during the Land Claims Settlement.
Signed the Centennial Accord & Puyallup Tribal Land Claims.
Nancy is very vocal when it comes to telling the truth of the fishing rights, or protecting our natural resources.
Nancy said we were very luck our parents took us around d the United States to visit other nations, participate in their ceremonies and learn different traditions and cultures.