Ronald Paquin is an artist whose mastery of a number of Indigenous art practices is well-known. Michigan State University has awarded him a Master Artist Grant nine times and the Ziibiwing Cultural Center of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe commissioned him to create over 70 items for the collection. His work has been recognized by two different artist awards from the First People’s Fund.
2013 National Artist Fellowship
Teri Rofkar is an internationally renowned artist of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska, known for exquisite weaving.
Rose Simpson is a ceramic and mixed-media artist whose work broadly encompasses sculpture and installation, drawing, aerosol painting, writing, music and dance.
Kapulani Landgraf is an exhibiting artist whose work is grounded in black and white photography and spans a variety of mediums, from 2-dimensional representations to sculpture and installation.
Poet Natalie Diaz has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and her debut book, When My Brother Was An Aztec, was published by the prestigious Copper Canyon Press.
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane brings her deeply internalized knowledge of place into her works. One reviewer states that hers is the “eye which sees itself as part of the landscape” as opposed to an eye that tries to name and in the process, interpret, what it sees.
Bobby Bullet St. Germaine is a celebrated writer and performer who has been a part of the music business for over 50 years. He continues to draw from a life and career filled with uncertainty, joy, love and difficult decisions to create memorable lyrics and heartfelt music.
Brent Michael Davids
As a composer, Brent Michael Davids creates, publishes, records, and performs his own original music for the concert stage, orchestra, chorus, opera, ballet, modern dance, theater and film.
Building from a renowned lineage of musicians with unique guitar tunings, including his father Gabby Pahinui, slack-key master Cyril Pahinui has developed a distinctive style that is instantly recognizable and imparts an intimate picture of his island home. His soulful baritone voice brings a deeply personal emotion to everything he sings.
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is a film director and screenwriter creating works in international filmmaking arenas. His films are set in his homeland, shot on location in Barrow, Alaska, starring Iñupiat people. They are among the first feature films produced in the Iñupiaq language.
Christopher K. Morgan
Christopher Kaui Morgan is a choreographer and dancer whose work stems from a belief in the urgency of live performance in an increasingly isolating, commercial, and digital world.
Rosy Simas has been choreographing and teaching dance for more than 18 years. Her work incorporates her extensive dance training in contemporary and traditional forms of Native American dance, and includes ballet, Butoh and improvisational techniques.