Four Native American artists from around the country—including two from Minnesota—have been named recipients of the 2014 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award. The award, presented by First Peoples Fund, honors and celebrates exceptional Native artists who embody the Collective Spirit®—that which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community.
This year’s honorees are Douglas Limon (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin) from White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Delbert Miller (Skokomish) from Shelton, Washington; Jody Naranjo Folwell-Turipa (Santa Clara/Tewa) from Espanola, New Mexico; and Anton Treuer (White Earth/Leech Lake Ojibwe) from Bemidji, Minnesota.
The four artists join 76 other Community Spirit Award recipients who have been honored since the award’s inception 15 years ago. First Peoples Fund is a national organization based in Rapid City, South Dakota, that works to preserve and advance American Indian artists and culture across the country.
“These four artists were chosen not just for a lifetime of artistic excellence, but because they exemplify our Indigenous values of generosity, wisdom, respect, integrity, strength, fortitude and humility,” said Lori Pourier, president of First Peoples Fund. “They are examples of our mission in action, moving entire tribal communities to stand up and make a difference, pass on ancestral knowledge, and simply extend a hand of generosity.”
Each Community Spirit Award recipient receives a $7,500 fellowship with the award, and will be honored during a ceremony and artistic presentation at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 18, 2014. The ceremony is held every other year at The Cowles, and is complemented by hometown ceremonies in the artist’s communities as well.
The honorees were nominated for the Community Spirit Award by members of their own communities, and were selected by an independent panel of American Indian cultural leaders. This year’s panel of reviewers included Bud Lane III (Siletz), Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta/Taos Pueblo), Donald F. Montileaux (Oglala), and Loris Taylor (Hopi).