Honoring a Legacy

Honoring a Legacy

Dana Tiger (Mvskoke) was only five years old when her father passed. She turned to his art as a way to get to know him. Under the guidance of her uncle — renowned painter Johnny Tiger, Jr. — she came to know the richness of her culture and the bounty of its artistic tradition. But she didn’t know if she had it in her to carry on her father’s legacy. Dana’s children could paint. Her uncle. But could she?

A Heavy Responsibility, A True Privilege

A Heavy Responsibility, A True Privilege

Drawing lessons at age four. Carving at six. David R. Boxley was the first of his generation to hold a traditional potlatch in his village. He doesn’t take the privileges given to him lightly. His life and his art are dedicated to bringing back his People’s culture, to saving their language for this generation and the next. His work lives and breathes a connection into their past, present and future. 

Seeking Storytracker / Data Analyst to join our team

First Peoples Fund, a national Native nonprofit organization supporting the advancement of Native arts and culture is seeking a Storytracker/Data Analyst to assist its Development Department with managing the organization’s Management Information System, customer relations system and outcomes database. 

Investing in our own Collective Spirit

Investing in our own Collective Spirit

Making connections, deepening relationships, the balance of head and heart. Changing from the inside out, one artist at a time to strengthen and grow families and communities across Indian Country with Native art. This theory is at the core of First Peoples Fund’s Strategic Plan for the next three years. As we invest in our own Collective Spirit® to move forward, First Peoples Fund will provide the support communities need to build and realize their own Indigenous arts ecologies — systems of thriving culture and economy based in relationships, values and creative traditions.

The Worth of His Labor

The Worth of His Labor

Derek Poitra (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) sees the world through the light of his culture, which gives to him and to his art. He gives back through his time and through drumming, and now through helping other artists in his community by giving them a chance to grow their revenue.

Carrying On

Carrying On

The aroma of beef stew and rice welcomed some of the greatest Hawaiian musicians to Cyril Lani Pahinui’s home as his father’s fame grew. The setting was perfect for the rejuvenation of Hawai’i musical traditions. But it wasn’t easy for Cyril to learn.

First Peoples Fund Announces 2017 Artist Fellows

First Peoples Fund Announces 2017 Artist Fellows

First Peoples Fund is pleased to announce the 2017 artists chosen by a national selection committee to receive the 2017 Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellowships. First Peoples Fund offers $5,000 annual grants to Native artists dedicated to the wellbeing of Indigenous artistic expression and its relationship to the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples.

Becoming a Strong Voice

Becoming a Strong Voice

A perpetual learner of his craft, culture and heritage, Brian Szabo (Sicangu Lakota) puts that knowledge to use as he creates jewelry and knives made with traditional materials. He grew up watching and working alongside his father, an accomplished silversmith, who helped guide his work.