Singer Lehua Kalima says her music is rooted in her Native Hawaiian upbringing, but her musical passion has grown into pop and folk.
Layli Long Soldier’s writing is keen, pensive and deliberate. She thoroughly examines the construction and deconstruction and meaning of her message in order to imbue each verse with the desired deliverance and power.
As a novelist, poet and essayist, Pulitzer nominee Linda Hogan writes with a commanding style and an introspective touch that moves readers.
Laura Da’s writing has a range of voice that artfully brings distance, time, and sense of place together in an eloquent transitional blend of writing forms.
Throughout his career, performance artist James Luna’s work has rejected the general public notion of “Being an Indian.” Now he is creating a new multimedia performative and installation work that examines “cultural authenticity”.
David A. Boxley is a master carver whose intricate designs pay homage to his ancestors in order to ensure that the art form that was almost lost endures.
Stephen Blanchett’s musical mission is reflected in his work as a member of the band Pamyua, who are known for fusing traditional Yup’ik drum songs with contemporary sounds.
Clarissa Rizal nurtures her creative vision by incorporating a deeply rooted daily spiritual practice in her traditional Tlingit button blanket robes, Chilkat robes, Ravenstail robes and weavings.
Starr Kalāhikis early musical influence was gospel, jazz and bossa nova. Now inspired by the poetry and songs of Queen Lili’uokalani (Hawaii’s last queen), she recently launched a performance production entitled “The Lili’u Project.”
Theater audiences are swooning over newcomer Martha Redbone. Known for her music, Redbone is ambitiously delving into theater with great success.
Emily creates body-based work, illuminating the sensory of every performance. SHORE is third in a trilogy following the Bessie Award performance of “The Thank-you Bar” and then a national tour of “Niicugni.”
Visual artist Abigail Romanchak will create a new series of large-scale prints addressing climate change and sea levels rising due to global warming with support from NACF.
Legendary songwriter Liko Martin will complete new compositions, including a rock opera, and release new recordings with support from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole will compose original music and choreograph new bodies of work ready to tour in 2016 with the support of an NACF Fellowship.
Robi Kahakalau (Native Hawaiian) will compose a collection of music and accompanying curriculum to teach Native Hawaiian pre-school age children language and heritage through music.
Bernice Akamine is a visual artist known for the abstract glass sculptures and vessels she creates with smooth flowing lines, often covered with a form-fitted skin of texture and color.
Umi Kai (Native Hawaiian) will launch a traditional arts master-apprentice program to teach next generations to create Native Hawaiian cultural objects and weaponry.
Kaui Kanaka’ole (Native Hawaiian) will undertake mentorship as part of her journey to become a kumu hula or master of the dance form.
Kumu hula Robert Cazimero (Native Hawaiian) will choreograph a performance based on the epic tale of the goddess Pele with the support of a Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship from NACF.