Our Vision is for all Native American youth to lead full and healthy lives, to have equal access to opportunity, and to draw strength from their culture and inspire one another.
My work is my life on canvas. Stories passes down orally. I wanted to show my culture and my people through my point of view. Telling a story through traditional methods. This is a way that connects me to my nation, my homeland, and identity. Using vibrant colors, the bold outlines help bring life to those stories I heard as a child. Being a young woman now I want to pass that to the youth that will one day be in my footsteps. So they can keep those traditions alive.
This piece I named “Sisterhood” where they are wearing cloth dresses and an apron. Both sisters are facing each other. They speak of love, life, and good words. It shows their sisterly bond. Unmarried as shown by their unbound hair. This piece is a connection between past and present. That close sibling relationship. When you go to powwows and ceremonies. Growing up on those traditions you were raised with. Having that sense of belonging and self awareness in where you come from. Knowing those songs, way of dress, culture and language.
“Native youth are the future and the voice of our tribal nations, which means we need to be at the table creating change and opportunities for our people! The need for education and a college degree is more important than ever."