From art world veterans who have been using their work to advocate for Native rights for decades to a younger generation of artists who are using traditional techniques to address contemporary issues, here is a list of some of the most influential Native American artists living and working today.
Tara Houska: The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for Indigenous rights
Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska chronicles the history of attempts by government and industry to eradicate the legitimacy of Indigenous peoples' land and culture, including the months-long standoff at Standing Rock which rallied thousands around the world.
6 Stories Celebrating Native American History and Culture
From cuisine to code talkers, from art to eagle feathers, this reel celebrates Native American history and culture on Turtle Island, now widely known as the United States.
Kat Jefferson is a Native/First Nations singer-songwriter who posted this version of "This Land Is Your Land" on TikTok.
Ron (Muqsahkwat) Corn, Jr.: Language: The Key to Everything
One of the most significant losses to the Native American culture is the loss of the indigenous language. This talk addresses the need to revitalize the Menominee Native American language.
NOTE: The opening and closing moments of this talk are spoken in the endangered Menominee language, currently understood by only a few dozen people worldwide. English subtitles have been provided.
Electric Pow Wow (Live Performance)
The Halluci Nation, formerly known as A Tribe Called Red, is a Canadian electronic music group who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming.
Poet Focus: Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Harjo draws on First Nation storytelling and histories, as well as feminist and social justice poetic traditions, and frequently incorporates indigenous myths, symbols, and values into her writing. She is also the incumbent United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold that honor.
In an enchanting lyrical rendition of William Blake's poem "Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright," singer Martha Redbone blends rhythm, blues and soul with traditional Native American music.