With more initiatives being done to recognize Native American land under our feet, Native Americans are turning to social media and art to share their message and redefining what it means to be thankful. From makeup tutorials to everyday advocacy, see what these influencers are doing to share their art and words with the world.
The Indigenous Goddess Gang consists of a plethora of beautiful, indigenous femmes that share knowledge and medicine through their online platform. It is a space for Indigenous people and acknowledges the land that was taken from them and the cultures they are actively reclaiming: knowledge, identity, and medicine.
This is their project statement:
“As a project which centers indigenous women, we also recognize the crucial work of our queer, trans, two-spirit and non-binary communities, and we acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do; to walk together, to reclaim our knowledge together and to move forward together.” (Indigenous Goddess Gang, About The Goddesses)
They have a great, active Instagram that is up to date on all the latest news and issues surrounding Indigenous lifestyle.
Juliana is not only known as a photographer and influencer, but she is a bass player for a Native band called “Scatter Their Own.” She is dedicated to exposing native youth and her general community to the world of Native American culture through her art, photography, and words.
Matika Wilbur is a member of Swinomish and Tulalip tribes in Washington State and was raised in a family of fishermen. As a photographer, Wilbur worked in education and experienced the lack of resources to teach indigenous knowledge to Native youths.
Her photography projects are dedicated to these kinds of issues she has experienced throughout her life. Project 562 gives homage to over 562 indigenous nations in an effort to provide positive imagery to Native youths and community members.
Or, Nicholas Galanin, takes a multi-media approach to making his art. He combines sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography, and new media. His work addresses issues of authority, authenticity, the Native American experience, and commoditization of Indigenous culture. Often provocative, he also considers the exchange of identity and culture between Native and non-Native communities.
Comprised of Cristobal Martinez and Kade L. Twist, Postcommodity functions as an Indigenous lenses and voice to engage in “assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial, and multiethnic colonizing force defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.
Perceptive and enigmatic, Postcommodity has had their art showcased and exhibited at galleries such as the Whitney in New York City.
?SFAI President Knox dreams up a glorious group show featuring works that empower us to change things, like @Postcommodity's "Repellent Fence"
See more? https://t.co/NzXx3R1uAo
Image: "Repellant Fence," 2015. Land art installation. Photo: Michael Lundgren pic.twitter.com/JpVnNRRVKJ
— @SFAIofficial (@SFAIofficial) February 8, 2018
— Art in America (@ArtinAmerica) July 30, 2017
Primarily creating their own website, the Vision Maker Media focuses on empowering and engaging Native folk to tell and share their stories. Creating a space for Educators, Creators, Filmmakers, and all wanting knowledge on Indigenous issues, Vision Maker Media is a valuable resource.
Hon’mana Seukteoma is from Arizona and prides her Youtube channel on speaking about indigenous issues all the while creating a loving and interactive community that informs. She loves giving back to her community and has an Instagram she keeps active on as well.
This is a great video in response to Non-Native American Youtubers creating Native American tutorials:
Avid traveler and mother, Natalie vlogs her travels for all to enjoy. She loves hiking and going on adventures, often following up to her risky, but still fun-to-watch vlogs. Offering a positive and loving space to all her followers and visitors, Natalie has a great connection to nature and shares it with similar-minded people.
To finish our list, these group of creators are known for their tongue-and-cheek humor. The 1491’s are a sketch comedy group based in Minnesota and Oklahoma. From their About Me, they are “chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.”
Often making sketches about Indigenous culture and/or Indigenous issues, this group is a one-of-a-kind comedy group. Even if you’re not blown away by their jokes, their presence is still great and informing.