2014 NATIONAL ARTIST FELLOWS

Billy Luther

Documentary filmmaker Billy Luther brings mindful and personal depictions of the complexity of reservation life to the screen, inspired by his Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo heritage.

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Producer-Director Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Film.

Brooke Swaney

Brooke Swaney has generated much enthusiasm in the indie film circuit for her film “Breathe Auralee” (2012).

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Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N'ishga)

Da-ka-xeen Mehner

Embedded in photography and self-portraiture the work of multimedia Installation Artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner includes sculptural elements, sound and video projections.

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David Treuer (Ojibwe) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Literature.

David Treuer

Novelist and nonfiction writer David Treuer writes with an eye to the untold and his work brings to life stories and perspectives not yet heard.

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Author Eddie Chuculate (Muscogee Creek) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Literature.

Eddie Chuculate

Writer Eddie Chuculate was honored with a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Literature celebrating the gritty, deceptively simple stories he writes, portraying America, its dispossessed, its outlaws and its visionaries.

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Israel Shotridge (Tlingit) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Traditional Arts.

Israel Shotridge

Israel Shotridge, 2014 NACF Artists Fellowship in Traditional Arts, continues the Tlingit art of cedar carving.

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Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Traditional Arts.

Jeremy Frey

Weaver Jeremy Frey was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship for Traditional Arts in recognition of the outstanding quality of the baskets he makes.

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Kaili Chun (Native Hawaiian) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship for Visual Arts.

Kaili Chun

Using unconventional materials, multi-media installation artist Kaili Chun creates large-scale installations that often reference the impact the past continues to have on the present day.

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Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Music.

Keola Beamer

Singer/songwriter Keola Beamer, one of Hawai’i’s premier composers, was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Music.

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Producer/Director and animator Melissa Henry (Navajo) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship for Film.

Melissa Henry

Filmmaker Melissa Henry spent her childhood herding sheep, caring for livestock and playing in the forest. Today, she makes innovative Navajo-language films that appeal to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

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Micah Kamohoali’i

As the kumu hula, or leader of the Halau Na Kipu’upu’u, a hula school on “the big island” of Hawaii, Micah Kamohoali’i is adept in the movements that make up hula and the fabrication of the regalia of the historic tradition.

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Nora Naranjo Morse (Tewa) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

Nora Naranjo Morse

Known foremost for her work with clay, Nora Naranjo Morse is an artist whose works spans from pottery and figurines to installation exhibits and large-scale public art.

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Kumu hula Patrick Makuakāne (Native Hawaiian) was honored with a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Dance.

Patrick Makuakāne

Kumu hula Patrick Makuakāne illuminates the hidden complexity of traditional hula moves by choreographing exciting dance narratives for modern music.

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Raven Chacon (Navajo) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Music.

Raven Chacon

Sound artist Raven Chacon explores the range of sound to compose unique chamber music, experimental noise music and sound installations.

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Poet Santee Frazier (Cherokee), 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship for Literature.

Santee Frazier

Native poet Santee Frazier received a 2014 NACF Literature Fellowship in recognition of the fresh and innovative voice he brings to Native letters.

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Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee) was awarded a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Traditional Arts.

Shan Goshorn

Basketmaker Shan Goshorn, most known for expertly combining traditional weaving techniques with non-traditional materials, was awarded a 2014 NACF Traditional Artist Fellowship.

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