As a Dakota (Sioux), originally stolen from her People at the age of 5, Barbara Elk has sought to find the Truth of who she is, who her People are and seek out others who have also endured and survived the infamous Canadian 60s Scoop Program.
Despite a tumultuous childhood of foster homes, a children’s home and two failed adoption homes, she has raised two children, became a writer and a successful model and spokesperson.
As a multimedia artist, I weave poetry, photography, film, and audio components into my work in order to express creative visions that address social issues. It is vital my role as an artist that I represent and advocate for earth and humanity in an effort to stimulate action. As a photographer, I approach photography with a humanistic sensibility in order to discuss and address important social issues especially dealing with the border between the USA and Mexico.
I write poetry to address these troubling issues and to bring a vocal element to my views. I then roll the poem into paper beads, which allows me to transfer the words on paper into energy and action.
Each bead becomes a prayer to honor the word and the subject of the poem. This process provides me an opportunity to connect with my purpose as an artist and to further the changes that I hope will take place in the world.
Brian D Larney
He facilitates the following initiatives
Indian Citizen’s Against Racial Exploitations
MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), state–wide and global campaign
Regenerating the historical stickball game
Dialects of Indigenous Languages
Cultural education of American Indian heritage and culture
and the upcoming AIHD 7th annual celebration, Theme: Shades of Red
Brian D. Larney
Facebook: American Indian Heritage Day in Texas
Facebook: Brian Larney
Website: American Indian Heritage Day in Texas
Guest will be:
•Julie Whitehorn (Pacific Sámi Searvi President)
•Astri Dankertsen (PhD Sámi researcher and Associate Professor in sociology from Nord University in Bodø, Norway, and visiting scholar at University of Washington – Seattle)
•Märgge Uttjek (PhD Sámi researcher, and Senior Lecturer from Umeå University in Northern Sweden, who is working on issues regarding welfare among the Sámi in Sweden and the meaning of indigeneity, culture and language in this context, and visiting guest lecturer at University of Washington – Seattle)
There will also be poetry by Inger-Mari Aikio and Niillas Holmberg! Plus, new music by Áššu, Niko Valkeapää, Maxida Märak, ISÁK, and Akkil!
Those out of range can stream live here:
“One foot in the past, one in the here and now…”
— Lyrics from Northern Man by Midnight Shine
Adrian Sutherland is from the Mushkegowuk Cree community of Attawapiskat, situated on the coast of the James Bay in Northern Ontario. He’s a singer/songwriter and frontman for roots/rock band Midnight Shine, making ‘radio-friendly’ music that draws upon his personal experiences, while reflecting universal themes like family, home, love and loss. In addition to making contemporary music, Sutherland – who is fluent in Cree – is a traditional knowledge keeper. He teaches his children to hunt, fish, and survive on the land. He participates in spring and fall harvests, takes part in ceremonies, sings pow wow, and is a genuine example of someone who lives authentically. He is a father, grandfather, and hard-working husband, proud of who he is, and where he comes from. Setting Midnight Shine apart from other bands is the depth of Adrian’s exploration of his First Nations’ identity, values, and life in the North. Midnight Shine caught the attention of Ralph James from Toronto (APA Agency), one of Canada’s most renowned and respected booking agents. Ralph has since become Midnight Shine’s biggest industry champion, helping take their career to the next level. Adrian cares deeply about First Nations’ issues and his people of the North. He worked as a paramedic for many years, providing emergency response services all over Northern Ontario. He spent three years as Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development in Attawapiskat – a position he left in March to make more time for his music career, cultural obligations, and growing family.
A graduate of Northern College in Timmins, Adrian completed Business Management in 2014 with studies in accounting, human resource management, marketing, communications, and community relations. Prior to, he pursued the education and certification to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Adrian was nominated for a 2016 Premier’s Award from Colleges Ontario for the work he does in his community and his commitment to the North. Adrian believes in being a healthy role model for the next generation – through music, arts, and sports. He was thrilled to play hockey alongside other musicians and former NHL greats at the 2017 JUNO Cup in Ottawa. He is passionate about facilitating sessions for youth, ensuring that young people have access to education, opportunities, and cultural land-based learning. He was instrumental in bringing Toronto-based ArtsCan Circle to Attawapiskat, and gets great satisfaction from helping kids discover their talents. While Adrian’s home has been the subject of much negative media attention, he would like to change those perceptions through the work he is doing with Midnight Shine: “There are good stories to be told from Attawapiskat, and from all over the North. I hope we’re one of them.”
A Native American rock trio formed in the Badlands of South Dakota, Scotti Clifford & Spirit Cries is sonically rooted in blues and indie rock inspired lyrically by their Oglala Lakota ancestry. The band consists of father Scotti Clifford, vocals/guitar/bass, daughter Wahpe Louella Clifford (16) on drums, and son Welby June Clifford (18) on guitar. They have recently toured the United States, opening for the bands Dispatch and Nahko & Medicine for the People at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Singer-songwriter Scotti says touring from coast to coast symbolizes a traditional buffalo hunt. “In order to provide for my family, we must follow the music.” As a modern day Lakota family who views movement as sacred, Scotti hopes to show his daughter and son how to find balance, both spiritually and professionally.
Mallory Black (Navajo) is the Communications Manager for the StrongHearts Native Helpline and an award-winning freelance journalist. As a writer, Mallory has specialized in covering Native American communities and their unique intersections with education, health, and the environment. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she has reported from Chicago, San Diego and Washington, D.C. She currently resides in Austin, TX.
After earning a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she completed an internship with the news desk at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, the city’s National Public Radio affiliate. Mallory previously served as the Communication Specialist for the Division of Student Affairs at San Diego State University.
Mallory holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with emphasis in public relations and a minor degree in peace and justice studies from Utah Valley University (UVU), where she served as the News Editor of the university’s newspaper, the UVU Review. During her time at UVU, Mallory studied abroad in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to research communications, development and humanitarian response with several nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of United Nations agencies. She also served as a communications intern at the Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services.
Donell Barlow is Yurok and an enrolled member of the Ottawa tribe, Otter clan. She currently resides in Spokane, WA working with Native youth, families, and communities as a certified Holistic Health Coach and Yoga teacher. Donell received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach six years ago from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her deep passion for working with the Native Youth utilizing traditional foods as medicine has been at the forefront for most of her work. Donell released “Medicine Tracks-A Memoir” in 2018, and is in the layout process of her children’s book “Bigfoot and Lightening Bug” to be released this summer. Donell enjoys offering a wide variety of skill-sets to her participants through seminars, webinars, and workshops.