Delbert Anderson Quartet is led by Navajo(Diné) Jazz Trumpeter and Composer, Delbert Anderson. He is both a leader and innovator in today’s contemporary Jazz scene and a Diné culture bearer. His work brings forth traditional Diné songs once sung in Diné social circles called “spinning songs,” and captures their voice in the language of jazz and funk.
Through the support of visionary multi-cultural Jazz fusion drummer Khalill Brown, pianist Robert Muller and bassist Mike McCluhan, Anderson builds safe havens for Diné melodies to converse with various styles and pathways for expression. In all their forms, compositions are guided by the time-immemorial Diné principles of Hózhó-harmony, beauty and balance with self, other and nature and K’é or kinship. In this way, Anderson connects across genre and culture, all the while, remaining steadfast in a signature sound that is as strong as the centuries of traditions it was built upon.
The Brush Arbor Gurlz or BAGz are composed of Native American artists and drag queens representing several tribal nations including Chickasaw, Cherokee, Dine and Saqumish. The group’s name is based on brush arbors of Southeastern tribes used for social occasions. Led by Landa Lakes the Mother of the Arbor, The BAGz can be found performing around the US often introducing audiences to Native politics for the first time.
Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a dancer, dance-maker, director, entertainer, facilitator and thought leader. She inspires people to liberate themselves through vibrant performances that channel the sensual rhythms of the natural world. From theater stages, to nightclubs, to museums, to conferences, to universities, to private events, to site-specific outdoor performances, Maura’s powerful work transforms time and space. At the root of all of her endeavors is the desire to heal and create more space for joy in the world.
Javier Stell-Frésquez (Piru & Tigua Pueblo ancestry, Mixed Chican@; hometown El Paso TX; “she”/“he” pronouns) serves Indigenous communities of the San Francisco (Yelamu) Bay. Many years volunteering on the BAAITS Two-Spirits Powwow Committee have lead to her producing Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance. She has life-long performance experience spread across myriad forms, including: Mexican folklorico, contemporary, vogue, flamenco, and performance art. He has a B.S. in Environmental Studies with Honors in Chican@ Studies from Stanford University. Recent multimedia performance work includes the touring show and short film Mother / Forgotten Blaze (MAP Grant), and Chaac & Yum, a short art film currently showing in film festivals internationally. She is a WAA Native Launchpad Awardee, and a 2021 California Arts Council Art Administrator of Color Fellow.
Māori from Aotearoa Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Mahuta, Waikato
Singer; musician; traditional Māori performing artist; composer; arts administrator; cultural practitioner in Māori customs and traditions Fluent in te reo Māori (Māori language); advocate for the revitalisation and resurgence of te reo Māori.
Currently Kaihautū Māori at Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival with focus on Māori, Pacific and Indigenous programming.
Founding member of MATOU, a New York based musical collective of indigenous artists from New Zealand and North American First Nations.
Founder of Hautawhiti, a Māori music and performing arts group Founding member of MaNa Wahine, singing duet with Native American Singer/songwriter Soni Moreno (Ulali) Regular appearances with First Nation Women’s a capella singing group, Ulali; First Nations Musician, Robbie Romero and backing vocalist for Tama Waipara and Native Roots Indigenous reggae band.
Sherryl Sewepagaham is of Woodland Cree and Dene heritage from the Little Red River Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. She is an experienced elementary music teacher, performance artist, and composer of Cree songs sharing with children, community song circles, and choirs. Sherryl is a member of the retired 2006 Juno nominated trio Asani and has travelled extensively worldwide. With Asani, Sherryl recorded two successful albums and followed with a release of her own album in 2014. She is currently a PhD student in ethnomusicology at UBC focusing on Cree song practices and language revitalization.
Supernaturals Modeling Agency and Turtle Island’s first indigenous modeling agency, a proud offspring of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week. Together, we aim to showcase our Indigenous worldview and fashion on the global stage, bringing a touch of cultural richness and diversity to the forefront. Be prepared to be wowed by the fashion of Yolonda Skelton from the Gitxan nation newest collection!
Talking Stick Festival Social