In this article, I am taking a different approach. I would like to share some of the creators I follow and enjoy. I will also give you a little insight into why I connect with their content.
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#1 American Indian Fine Arts by Daniel Kasza
Their bio in Instagram states that they are “Celebrating the diverse breadth and beauty of Native American painting and art.” That, they do.
American Indian Fine Arts showcases artwork by various native creators. Each piece is highlighted by the artists name, their birth year (and year of passing if now here in spirit), and their tribal affiliation. In each caption, it provides more information on the artist and the piece in the photo.
A quick note on why I have recently taken more interest in native traditions. I am currently in the process, a very slow process, of tracking my ancestory. My paternal grandmother, Elsie (Tiger) Coyle, is a full blood Muscogee (Creek) citizen and this is a part of the family tree I am very interested in discovering more about, yet may be the hardest. Records don’t seem to be the best for tribal families. She had mentioned her parents names, Thomas Tiger and Bertha (Bruner) Tiger, and records so far only provide incomplete lineage beyond them. I might be on a trail though with Bertha’s family. However, part of our lineage, as my grandmother had told us, is our distant relationship to the Tiger family that has created beautiful artwork over the years. Jon, cousin to Jerome and Johnny Tiger Jr., is highlighted in the Instagram post below. Pieces from each of the three are shared throughout this profiles feed, along with wonderful creations from artists across many, many tribes. The profile is available on Instagram and Facebook. If you check it out, please let me know what you think.
#2 Project 562 by Matika Wilbur
“Matika Wilbur, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading photographers, has exhibited extensively in regional, national, and international venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, The Tacoma Art Museum, the Royal British Columbia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France. She studied photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana and received a bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in California. Her work led her to becoming a certified teacher at Tulalip Heritage High School, providing inspiration for the youth of her own indigenous community.
Matika, a Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes (Washington), is unique as an artist and social documentarian in Indian Country- The insight, depth, and passion with which she explores the contemporary Native identity and experience are communicated through the impeccable artistry of each of her silver gelating photographs.”
Matika’s description here, from the Project 562 Facebook page explains a lot. Yet, it understates the impact of her photography and storytelling. I had the privilege to hear Matika speak, and honestly, I could have listened to her talk all day about the stories she has experienced. As you have an opportunity, look through the photos and videos. Start with the website and blog, then work through the social channel of your choice. Also, maybe listen to her podcast, All My Relations. I will be starting on episode 1 soon.
It is projects like this that makes me wish I had captured more stories from my family when I was younger.
#3 The Profile Trifecta
It seemed fitting that for number three that I provide three profiles. So, as a bonus, I would like to provide a few quick hit accounts for you. Enjoy!
Photographer. Vlogger. Canadian. All around cool guy. I don’t miss any of his YouTube videos.
They are amazing creatures, don’t you think? P.S. they are not buffalo. More facts here.
By the way, if you know a good profile for hawks, the actual bird and not the team, let me know. The hawk is my spirit animal, which I have a deep connection with and I love seeing them in the wild.
“Indigenous (Nehîyaw). Dancer. Influencer.” He has built quite a following on TikTok, and for that reason, I break the cycle and share his TikTok account. Always fun to watch his dances and I am noticing a lot more activity around social causes.
Alright. Thank you for reading, listening, and watching what I have shared in this post. I hope you follow, or keep an eye, on these creators and profiles. They bring me joy, and information, to become a better creator myself…and person.
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Until next time, take care, and be safe! This is Ronnie Coyle. Mvto.