I am very excited to share that I’ve been selected as the lead recipient for R.I.S.E.’s (Radical Indigeonus Survivance and Empowerment) Annual Art + Poetry Fellowships. This unrestricted award will allow me to purchase material to carve wooden beaters for when I begin my journey into kapa-making later this month, in addition to supporting my travel costs while I am back home. This rad organization was founded by Diné writer/artist Demian DinéYazhi, and does amazing work to create opportunities and platforms for Indigenous artists to share and create their work. For more information or to keep up with their current projects and initiatives, follow their Instagram @riseindigenous. Thank you so much, mahalo nui loa for your support of my work and practice!!
I’d also like to acknowledge the other fellows, Arielle Twist and Regan de Loggans — two Indigenous non-binary creatives who are making waves in their own communities. I can’t wait to see what’s next on our horizons :)