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.

Keeping His Hands and Heart Busy

Keeping His Hands and Heart Busy

Ronald J. Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa) with support from First Peoples Fund is creating art again and preparing to open his own studio. It’s his lifetime dream. What his heart wants to do.

Creating New Patterns of Healing

Creating New Patterns of Healing

A member of the Chilkat Indian Village Tribe in Klukwan, Alaska, Lani Hotch (Tlingit) weaves contemporary woolens in the Pacific Northwest tradition. She is a 2011 First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Award honoree, a founding member and on the board of the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center nonprofit organization, and a member of the Ravenstail Weaver’s Guild.

Rolling into the New Year

Rolling into the New Year

First Peoples Fund took 2016 at a gallop.

We welcomed more artists and culture bearers than ever before into our fellowship programs and partnered with dozens of organizations in their efforts to build local Indigenous Arts Economies across Indian Country.

Weavers Across the Water

Weavers Across the Water

Three a.m. — Clarissa Rizal (Tlingit) finished the last weaving kit with her helpers for the class coming at 9 a.m. These kits made for an easier start on a historic project.

In ancient days, Chilkat-Ravenstail robes were cut apart, the pieces given to tribal leaders. Now, woven pieces come together in a healing ceremonial robe. New beginnings pieced together.

No Limits

No Limits

Follow your dream, even when your journey may be difficult. This is what Danny Frost (Cheyenne River Sioux) hopes to inspire in other artists now that he has lived his dream for over 20 years — creating tattoo art full time and supporting his family. Coming from Eagle Butte, S.D., his Native culture gives his dreams direction.

Beauty to live for

Beauty to live for

It was about the time of one suicide after another on the Cheyenne and Pine Ridge Reservations. Brendon Albers (Cheyenne River Sioux) sent out a letter with his story, a story of what he had lost in life, of what he had found in art. The healing that comes from shaping stone — alabaster from the Black Hills — with a story to tell.

Our Nations’ Spaces: Growing A Creative Economy For Native Artists

Our Nations’ Spaces: Growing A Creative Economy For Native Artists

A Native artist, entrepreneur, and thought leader is creating a space for the next generation in one of the world’s top 50 most-visited tourist attractions. Louie Gong (Nooksack) is literally and figuratively opening new doors for his work and for other artists through his Eighth Generation brand, First Peoples Fund program Our Nations’ Spaces, and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at the Evergreen State College.