AIP Artist Profiles

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artistic Discipline: Native American Musician, Composer, Arranger, Jazz Trumpeter, Educator, & Contemporary Native American Music
2019 Native Launchpad Artist
Farmington, NM

Delbert Anderson, Navajo Jazz Artist and educator combines ancient Native American melodies with modern music. Projects include DDAT - a multi-cultural celebration of styles and personal influences. Collaborations include original compositions arranged for...

Tribal Affiliation: Mohawk
Artistic Discipline: Music Artist & Educator
2018 AIP Fellow

Grammy nominated world music artist and educator, Dawn Avery creates a contemporary soundscape from electronica, pop and classical elements. Her sultry vocals and soaring cello lines reflect a deep spirituality rooted in her Native American heritage and...

Tribal Affiliation: Mohawk
Artistic Discipline: Performer & Humorist
2018 AIP Fellow
Hawai’i

Ed Bourgeois is a Mohawk performer and humorist formerly based in Alaska and now living in Hawai’i. His plays have had readings at Native Voices at the Autry’s Short Play Festival in Los Angeles and Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s Native American New Play...

Tribal Affiliation: White Earth Band of Chippewa
Artistic Discipline: Actor, Director, & Writer
2019 AIP Fellow
Minneapolis, MN

Ernest Briggs is an Proud city Indian (Anishinaabe) from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has spent the last few years producing, writing, directing and acting in film, theater, TV And changing minds in the process!

Tribal Affiliation: Diné/Chicana
Artistic Discipline: Activist, Community Organizer, Agriculturist, and Multimedia & Performance Artist
2018 AIP Fellow
Albuquerque, NM

Autumn Star Chacon is a Diné/Chicana activist, community organizer, agriculturist and multimedia and performance artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tribal Affiliation: White Mountain Apache, Kickapoo
Artistic Discipline: Contemporary performance art, Multi-disciplinary visual and performance art
2019 Native Launchpad Artist
Seattle, WA

A contemporary performance artists, mixing. Mythology, story telling, ritual and theater, with a strong visual component to produce evening length performances.

Tribal Affiliation: non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet
Artistic Discipline: Dancer & Choreographer
2019 Native Launchpad Artist
Kansas/North Carolina

Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a dancer, a choreographer and the artistic director of Maura Garcia Dance. Her work is powered by a desire to perpetuate ancestral knowledge, actively respect the living earth and bring happiness to...

Tribal Affiliation: Native Hawaiian
Artistic Discipline: Theatre Artist
2018 AIP Fellow
Honolulu, Hawai’i

Moses Goods is one of Hawaiʻi’s most prominent theatre artists.  Originally from the island of Maui and now based in Honolulu, he has traveled extensively both nationally and abroad performing his original work with a wide range of audiences. ...

Tribal Affiliation: Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian)
Artistic Discipline: Musician
2018 AIP Fellow
Kahului, Hawai’i

Halemanu's deep vocals and fingers that dance on the strings of ukulele and guitar have become the hallmark of his “Jazz Infused Rock N Roll, with Hawaiian Soul” music. He is an award-winning musician and captivating live performer that not only plays...

Tribal Affiliation: Aquinnah Wampanoag
Artistic Discipline: Singer/songwriter
2019 Native Launchpad Artist
Somerville, MA

The Washington Post called singer Thea Hopkins "a standout songwriter." Peter, Paul & Mary have twice recorded her work. An Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe-member (MA), Thea is currently supporting her 4th album, "Love Come Down," by performing in America and...

Tribal Affiliation: Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Artistic Discipline: Multi-disciplinary
2018 Native Launchpad Artist
Portland, OR

Confronting white supremacy, complacency, and the confusion of “mixed” identities as “Portland’s premier drag clown,” Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi uses the ephemeral quality of performance – supported by scripting and interactive video – as a means for...

Tribal Affiliation: Tlingít
Artistic Discipline: Actor, Playwright, & Theatre Artist
2019 AIP Fellow
Juneau, AK

Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tsaagweidí) is from Douglas, Alaska. He studied theatre at the University of Hawai'i: Manoa. He is an actor, producer, playwright, and improvisor.

Tribal Affiliation: Native Hawaiian
Artistic Discipline: Dance
2018 Native Launchpad Artist
Washington, D.C.

Morgan’s work as a choreographer, performer, educator, curator and arts administrator are influenced by his Native Hawaiian ancestry and wide-ranging international experience. His upcoming work Native Intelligence | Innate Intelligence is supported by a...

Tribal Affiliation: Maheekanew/Mohawk Descent
Artistic Discipline: Music/Multidisciplinary=Wave Artist
2019 AIP Fellow
Hartford, CT

I am a Wave Artist/musician using ancient and modern "Hemispheric Principles" in sonic, aquatic, percussive and harmonic mediums. Downbeat magazine says... "intoning Native-American chants, raucously swinging, playing electric mandolin or riffing on...

Tribal Affiliation: Seneca / Mvskoke
Artistic Discipline: Artist, Dancer, & Entertainer
2019 AIP Fellow
Minneapolis, MN

Hoop dance has always been my instrument of choice for an ice-breaker, even in conversation, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. It's amazing to see things from a new perspective and you can always learn more!

Tribal Affiliation: Osage
Artistic Discipline: Interdisciplinary - Dance, Earth Art, Somatics
2019 AIP Fellow
Goleta, CA
Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee
Artistic Discipline: Theatre
2018 AIP Fellow
Winston-Salem, NC
Tribal Affiliation: Juaneno Band of Mission Indians/ Acjachemen Nation
Artistic Discipline: Traditional Storyteller, Award Winning Teacher, Playwright, Singer, Director, Workshop leader, & Keynote inspirational speaker
2019 AIP Fellow
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Animated, engaging, and enlightening and educational about Southern California Indigenous tribes but in particularly her Tribe, the Indigenous people of Orange County. History comes alive but more importantly the listener learns about their own beauty too...

Tribal Affiliation: Mixed heritage, including hunka Lakota
Artistic Discipline: Indigenous contemporary dance artist, choreographer, director, collaborator, teacher, & dreamvisioner
2019 AIP Fellow
Santa Fe, NM

Three decades of cultivating new generations of Indigenous contemporary dance collaborators... Collective embodiment of diversity through diasporic international intertribal Indigenous cultural exchange .. Evolving performance rituals with communities, for...

Tribal Affiliation: Navajo and European
Artistic Discipline: Singer/songwriter, Guitarist, Writer, & ASL interpreter
2019 AIP Fellow
Santa Fe, NM

I hold beauty in my mind with every sentence I write, every word I sing, I long for the beauty into which I was born. Since my world is multi-cultural, my music calls up the unique beauty of difference.

Tribal Affiliation: Iñupiaq
Artistic Discipline: Artist
2018 Native Launchpad Artist
Anchorage, AK
Tribal Affiliation: Kanaka Maoli - Indigenous Hawaiian
Artistic Discipline: Musical Entertainer & Music Producer
2019 AIP Fellow
Maui, Hawai'i

Halemanu’s “Jazz Infused Rock & Roll with Hawaiian Soul” style of music showcases his spirited vocals and fingers that dance on the strings of the ukulele, guitar, and slack key guitar. He blends modern rhythms with influences of Hawaiian culture and...