Laura Wong-Whitebear is dedicated to utilizing and preserving traditional basket-weaving knowledge and has chosen an apprentice with the same commitment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delina White is devoted to Anishinaabe Inendamowin (thought/ways of thinking) and keeps her Anishinaabe woodland designs and history alive through her artwork.
Navajo weaving has been passed for generations in TahNibaa Naataanii’s family along with songs or stories that come along with each woven piece.
Glass artist Preston Singletary combines the visual appeal of Tlingit designs with the transformational medium of glass to create intriguing and exquisite sculptural works rooted in his culture.
We are saddened to report that Amelia Cornelius walked on in early 2016 after lifetime dedicated to passing on tradition in her family by teaching the next generation how to make traditional Oneida dolls the same way her grandmother taught her.
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.
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.
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.
Umi Kai (Native Hawaiian) will launch a traditional arts master-apprentice program to teach next generations to create Native Hawaiian cultural objects and weaponry.
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.
Dalani Tanahy will create a series of works exploring the continual innovations in kapa design from the time of contact with Western cultures to today.
Vicky Holt Takamine (Native Hawaiian) will develop new works in honor of Queen Lili’uokalani, the last queen of Hawai’i, with the support of a Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship.
Support from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation will allow Marzan to revive the art of creating pe’ahi, the Hawaiian chiefly fan.
Jennifer M. Stevens creates Haudenosaunee (Iroquois-Six Nations)-style pottery that is kiln fired and shaped by hand, a practice nearly lost to the next generations due to colonization.