2017 Mentor Artist Fellowship

Lani Hotch

As an artist, Lani Hotch continually focuses her work and ambitions on the resurgence of traditional arts in her community.

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Laura Wong-Whitebear

Laura Wong-Whitebear is dedicated to utilizing and preserving traditional basket-weaving knowledge and has chosen an apprentice with the same commitment.

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Royce Manuel

Royce Manuel is revitalizing an endangered art form, fiber weaving from harvested desert plants, which has not been practiced or taught for nearly eighty years.

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Cara Romero

Cara Romero is a visual storyteller whose dynamic photographs challenge preconceived notions of Native art, culture, and peoples.

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Jackson Polys

Jackson opens opportunity for dialogue to reconsider the meanings and functions of traditional Northwest Coast art forms through his carved sculptures.

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Dyani White Hawk

Dyani White Hawk has been blessed with opportunities to learn beadwork, porcupine quillwork, sewing, and traditional art forms that are vital for her to share.

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Delbert “Smutcoom” Miller

Miller wants those he teaches to also pass on this traditional knowledge and in doing so, this generation may become the advisors and leaders of the Skokomish and Chehalis people in the future.

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Nicholas Galanin

Nicholas Galanin is an educator, lecturer, and multi-disciplinary artist with an exceptional skill in the metalsmithing and sculptural technique known as chasing and repoussé.

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Shirod Younker

Shirod Younker is an experienced culture bearer having researched his tribe’s lost historic and traditional knowledge, and now teaching it to the next generation.

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Delina White

Delina White is devoted to Anishinaabe Inendamowin (thought/ways of thinking) and keeps her Anishinaabe woodland designs and history alive through her artwork.

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TahNibaa Naataanii

Navajo weaving has been passed for generations in TahNibaa Naataanii’s family along with songs or stories that come along with each woven piece.

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