Native American, Alaska Native and American Indian Celebrities

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



Screen capture Tlingit Artist, Illustrator and Designer Nick Alan received over 420,900 TikTok views
for Indigenous History - 'Code Talkers - WWII' which includes Tlingit Code Talkers.
TikTok video link - Indigenous History - 'Code Talkers - WWII'





Screen capture of Chevy (Shaax’ Saani) the first Tlingit Artist on TikTok to
'insert goat scream' in a song while Karaoke hiking
with her sister in Ketchikan, Alaska.




Frog Pot, Blown and sand carved glass, 12.5" x 16" x 16"
Photo: Russell Johnson

Tlingit artist Preston Singletary and Choctaw artist Marcus Amerman have joined forces to create a body of work inspired by the forms and symbols of the ancient mound builder cultures of North America.

View the “Music for the Great Sun” exhibition at the Exhibit C Gallery
Opening March 1st. Join both artists for a Virtual Opening Reception on Friday March 19th, register now: https://fb.me/e/2sHyAGOQR






Dempsey Bob shows off a frog bowl to a young fan. The master carver is now being recognized
nationally for his art. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Tahltan-Tlingit master carver Dempsey Bob wins national art award
By Ben Bogstie ·CBC · Feb 24, 2021

Tahltan-Tlingit master carver Dempsey Bob is one of six artists across Canada to be recognized with a 2021 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts Artistic Achievement Award.






Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit) one of six playwrights
for Arena Stage's film 'Indigenous Earth Voices' Premiering in May

Arena Stage stretching in new directions online with a film by Indigenous artists and 3 original musicals
By Peter Marks (Washington Post, Feb 16, 2021)

Arena Stage is launching a virtual spring season that includes a film about Indigenous North Americans and their relationship to the land — entirely written, directed and acted by Native people.

For More Information  Indigenous Earth Voices



Diane Benson has lived in Petersburg for about a year and a half, long enough to have taken part in the dedication of a new mural on Petersburg’s courthouse honoring the Alaska Native Civil rights leader.

Playwright, actor reflects on legacy of Elizabeth Peratrovich
Posted by Joe Viechnicki |KFSK, Petersburg Alaska | Feb 16, 2021

Article includes audio of Diane Benson reenacting Elizabeth Peratrovich's famous speech from the Alaska territorial legislature in 1945.







Visit the Khu.éex' Indiegogo to support the production of the new album "WOOch" at: https://igg.me/at/WOOCH/x#/
Perks for Indiegogo Contributors range from music by Khu.éex’ to glass art by Preston Singletary (co-founder and bassist for Khu.éex’) - including this blown glass Tlingit Berry Basket. Hear the first song from "WOOch" now at: https://khueex.bandcamp.com/







Screen capture of Ya Tseen's Official Video "Close the Distance" On April 30th, 2021, Sub Pop will release Indian Yard,
 
the debut record from Sitka, Alaska project Ya Tseen. 

WATCH YA TSEEN’S OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “CLOSE THE DISTANCE” FROM INDIAN YARD, THE GROUP’S SUB POP DEBUT Posted by Abbie Gobeli (Sub Pop Records, Feb 10, 2021)

Indian Yard is now available for preorder on CD/LP through Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in North Americathe U.K., and Europe will receive the standard LP on black vinyl.






Damen Bell-Holter (@nanggaahlaangstangs) • Instagram

'Generations of Journeys Podcast' with Nanggaahlaangstangs - I will capture the journeys of Black and Indigenous artists, athletes, leaders and community advocates. It’s so important for our future generations to hear the stories of the ones who came before them and I look forward to capturing those. This podcast will be on Apple, Spotify and YouTube.



Screen capture right - Link to Facebook video uploaded June 7th, 2018 by Benjamin Danny Coronell
Yanyeidi Wolf song by Taku River Tlingit First Nations on Taku River.

Photo right - 'Tlatsini' Journey of the Taku Kwan - A Mike Rudyk Film
A part of the Available Light Film Festival 2021 (Yukon Canada)

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Master carver Wayne Carlick has long dreamed to see the routes his ancestors travelled along the Taku watershed and inland. In 2018, Carlick realized that dream when he and a group of Taku River Tlingit First Nations set off down the Taku River in a Traditional Tlingit ocean-going canoe.

This journey would become the film 'Tlatsini'
Three-day trip to coincide with large gathering of Alaska and Yukon Native traditional dancers this summer
by Mike Rudyk (CBC News, Apr 22, 2018 )






Photo left - Michaela Goade by Sydney Akagi. Right - Book Cover Illustration by Michaela Gouda

The first Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner by Aliyah Chavez (Indian Country Today 1/25/2021)

A Tlingit illustrator Michaela Goade is the winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, one of the most
prestigious awards in children’s literature. The selection is history-making, marking
the first time an Indigenous person has ever won the Caldecott Medal



Photo left - via Natives for Bernie Sanders on Facebook share FB Video
5 minutes of Bernie in mittens and lofi tunes Turn the volume on

Photo Right - Planet Alaska on Facebook shared Bernie Sanders meme

Photo right - Occupy Democrats on Facebook shared

 

Photo left Rep. Deb Haaland at the Inauguration on January 20, 2021. She is the first Native American Nominee for United States Secretary of Interior. She would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.

Photo right Rep. Debra Haaland of New Mexico made history by being the first Native to save her seat in Congress with a blanket!
Rep. Debra Haaland & Rep. Sharice Davids sitting next to her are the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress in 2018.





Photos - Nicholas Galanin (Top left), Alison Bremner (Top Center), Nathan Jackson (Top Right)
Photos - Sgwaayaans (bottom left), Lily Hope (bottom center), David A. Boxley (bottom right) Photos by Fernando Decillis

HOW NATIVE ARTISANS IN ALASKA BRING INNOVATION AND HUMOR TO THEIR CRAFT BY Kimberly R. Fulton Orozzco. Photographs by Fernando Decillis (Smithsonian Magazine | January/February 2021)

 

 




Today’s Google Doodle (12/30/2020), illustrated by Sitka, Alaska-based guest artist Michaela Goade (Tlingit), celebrates Alaska Native civil rights champion Elizabeth Peratrovich, who played an instrumental role in the 1945 passage of the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

Elizabeth and Roy worked with others to draft Alaska’s first anti-discrimination bill, which was introduced in 1941 and failed to pass. On February 5, 1945 following years of perseverance, a second anti-discrimination bill was brought before the Alaska Senate, and Peratrovich took to the floor to deliver an impassioned call for equal treatment for Indigenous peoples. She was met with thunderous applause throughout the gallery, and her moving testimony is widely credited as a decisive factor in the passage of the historic Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945.






From left) Erin Tripp (Tlingit), playing Roberta Cratchit, Isabelle Star Lablanc (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota) ,who plays Freda,
and Ed Littlefield (Tlingit), who plays E.B. Scrooge.

In ‘A Tlingit Christmas Carol,’ Alaska Indigenous theater transforms holiday classic BY Tripp Crouse, KNBA - Anchorage (KTOO)





 

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