Native American, Alaska Native and American Indian Celebrities

Indigenous Celebrities of Turtle Island Honoring all living Turtle Island People and their Nations

I colorized a B&W photo of Elizabeth Peratrovich then made an animated photo
to bring her memory to life to Honor the Alaska Native Sisterhood.

Elizabeth Peratrovich (July 4, 1911 – December 1, 1958) was an American civil rights activist, Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood who was credited as being instrumental in the passing of Alaska's Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first state or territorial anti-discrimination law enacted in the United States. (Wikipedia)

Alaska Native Sisterhood & Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp (Keep Updated)

Photo is from 'A History of Leadership: Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Officers' from
Sealaska Heritage Institute Library, Archives, & Collections Program (October 12, 2012)
Link - 'A History of Leadership: Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Officers'

I colorized a B&W photo of William Paul then made an animated photo
to bring his memory to life to Honor the Alaska Native Brotherhood.

William Lewis Paul (May 7, 1885 – March 4, 1977) was an American attorney, legislator, and political activist from the Tlingit nation of Southeast Alaska. He was known as a leader in the Alaska Native Brotherhood. (Wikipedia)

Screen capture of 'Smoked fish renaissance.' by
Tlingit Artist, Illustrator, and Designer Nick Alan

TikTok video link - 'Smoked fish renaissance.'
A preview of Alaska Native Salmon Subsistence

"First spring Hali ����" Yéil Ya-Tseen (Facebook Screen capture)

Spring Halibut fishing in Sitka, Alaska April 14, 2021

Yéil Ya-Tseen (@nicholasgalanin) • Instagram

"Gunalchéesh " Yéil Ya-Tseen (Instagram)

Herring Egg subsisting in Sitka, Alaska April 10, 2021

Yéil Ya-Tseen (@nicholasgalanin) • Instagram

Keep updated - Herring Protectors (Facebook)

Herring Protectors’ film "Yáa at Wooné" has been selected for the International Ocean Film Festival's 2021 Coastal Culture Award.. Film Directed by Kh’asheechtlaa (Louise Brady), Lee House
Trailer: Yáa at Wooné (Respect for All Things)

2021 International Ocean Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week; Winners Announced (4/7/2021)
With the winning entries to the 2021 International Ocean Film Festival recently announced, you’ll be able to see those movies — and many more — beginning April 15th. The virtual festival runs from April 15th to May 2, 2021. For more info and to purchase presale tickets, go to

Screen capture of Chevy (Shaax’ Saani) on TikTok posting Herring Egg Weather (Link)

"Right now we are experiencing what they call herring egg weather it goes from hailing to raining to sunshine to big fat snowflakes. They call it herring egg weather because during this time end of March beginning of April the herring fish spawn." Chevy (Shaax’ Saani)

Gold Medal Basketball Tournament (Official Website) The 75th Gold Medal Tournament has been canceled for 2021. We are currently planning on it happening in 2022. ... Gold Medal Basketball (Fan website)


Honoring Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - A Champions, Petersburg—1961—Class A. Back row, L—R: Richard "Itchy"Hansen, Dick Kito, Jerry Kernvick, Homer Sarber, Allen Williams, Bob Munson. Front Row,L—R: Joe Tagaban, Neil Lyons, ______, Dave Lyons, Don Reyes (I colorized the photo from Juneau—Douglas City Museum.)

Before Women's Gold Medal Basketball there were the early Alaska Native Women Basketball teams.

Tsimshian women's basketball team, Metlakatla, Alaska, 1923. Photo by Garfield, Viola Edmundson
From Digital Collections - University of Washington Libraries

[Left to right] Florence Murchison, Jessie Williams, Bertha Reece, Elizabeth Dundas, Mamie Howard.

Before Gold Medal Basketball started in 1947 there were the early Alaska Native Brotherhood teams.

Photo - Sitka ANB's fourth basketball team, 1917.

From left, standing: Thomas Phillips, Howard Gray, Thomas Williams, Raymond James(manager), Louis Simpson,
Charles Daniels, and Peter Simpson( coach); David Howard holds the ball

Formline Tlingit artist Megan Jensen makes her biggest work to date, on a frozen lake The Emily Carr University grad took thousands of steps in snowshoes for the outdoor installation BY GAIL JOHNSON (Create astir March 22, 2021)

IN HER TELLING of a traditional tale to welcome the light after a long winter, Formline Tlingit artist Megan Jensen recently created her largest art installation to date: a 1.62-acre Raven measuring 300 feet in diameter made of snowshoe prints atop a snowy, frozen lake on a lake within the traditional territories of the Carcross Tagish and Kwanlin Dün First Nations and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. The film crew captured her creative proceess over 60 drone flights—and a total of 15,400 steps and 11 hours.

THE SPIRIT OF THE VALLEY Returns to Perseverance Theatre on Demand
by BWW News Desk (Broadway World, Mar. 19, 2021)

The narrative is told through a Tlingit lens and highlights Tlingit culture through story, movement, language, and song. Playwright and director Frank Henry Kaash Katasse says of the show's return, "I'm so proud to keep this show going! There were many people that told me their kids wanted to watch it again as soon as it was over. Now they have the chance!"

Link to Perseverance Theatre FB video promoting - The Spirit of the Valley

Tickets available at The Spirit of the Valley is available to stream on demand from March 22 - April 4. Running time is approximately 75 minutes.


We Can't Talk About American Fashion Without Talking About Native American Designers
By Alyssa Hardy (InStyle, March 17, 2020)

" I am A Tlingit, Filipina, and Kanien'kehá:ka woman born into the Raven moiety, Copper River Clan, House of the Owl.  My Tlingit name is Keixé Yaxtí, meaning Morning Star. I was fortunate enough to have a mother and grandparents that were traditional knowledge bearers. I spent a part of my childhood with them in museums' deep archives where they would identify artifacts. Within these deep archives, I marveled at the craftsmanship of Northwest Coast Artists. The beadwork, the weaving, and the symmetry in Formline artists' were incredible." Maka Monture


Photo left - Ya Tseen share song ft. Portugal. The Man off debut album for Sub Pop BY ANDREW SACHER
(Brooklyn Vegan, March 12, 2021)

Photo Right - Part of Desert X biennial - 'Indian Land' by Sitka artist Yéil Ya-Tseen (Nicholas Galanin)
Desert Artists Dig Beneath the Sandy Surface (New York Times, March 13, 2021)

Planet Alaska: Aim for the stars
By Vivian Mork Yéilk’ (Juneau Empire, March 10, 2021)

It’s fitting a Raven works at NASA. I was contacting (Steven) Scott McClure, a Tlingit aerospace engineer, who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to interview him for this column. Scott’s role was directing other scientists and engineers in radiation analysis, which was an integral part of Mars Perseverance rover mission.


“Raven Steals the Sun,” Preston Singletary (Tlingit), 2017.
(Courtesy of the Museum of New Mexico Press)

Light hearted: Exhibit will look at Native imagery reimagined through glass
BY KATHALEEN ROBERTS / ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR ( Albuquerque Journal, March 6th, 2021)

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