Ink Nash Wanikshaash( my name is), Sayyepum Ah-toot-wy Stacey Speedis. I am a 43 year young Native woman who has raised 2 children; who are now young teenagers. I am from Toppenish, Washington. I have been an Artist all my life; had to switch from my right- hand to my left- hand at the age of 17 due to a horse- wreck I was in in 1992 that left me with a whole right- side paralysis. I just did not want to let my artistic side die, even tho I had a coma to come out of that lasted 9 days. I come from the Horse Family of these parts here in the Lower Yakama Valley. There are many types of Artwork I do: draw, paint in oil, water color and acrylic, sculpt and write. Plus, my auntie’s have taught me more about how to make moccasins, dresses an skirts and ribbon shirts. We are a very traditional family who were raised going to Longhouse. We go for a lot of different kind of ceremonies. We are food gatherers for our people.
What, or how I do Art… it will depend on how I am feelin’; I just sit down n draw whatever my heart feels like n take my anger out on the pencil, on however I am feelin’. I am also an Author who has 2 books published thru Authorhouse; Bibliographies.
If you would like to know more, just ask me,
Payu Kwaxla(thank you),
Sayyepum Ah-toot-wy Stacey Speedis
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.