2018 AIP Fellows

Delbert Anderson

Delbert Anderson, member of the Navajo tribe, is a professional trumpeter. Born in Shiprock, NM Anderson discovered his interest in music at an early age in church. Anderson is known for being a developer of music educational programs and projects. Anderson went on to attend Eastern New Mexico University studying music education and trumpet performance. Anderson is enjoying a music career as one of today's most forward thinking artists. Recording album/film music, touring, music education, motivational speaking workshops, jazz/hip hop concerts, composing/arranging and guest appearances keep Anderson busy not only in his hometown of Farmington, NM but worldwide.

Dawn Avery

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 love of sacred traditions. Avery looks for opportunities to make a positive difference through music. Of Mohawk descent, Avery is a NAMA nominated performer, she has worked with musical luminaries Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, John Cale, John Cage, R. Carlos Nakai, Glen Velez and Joanne Shenandoah. Dr. Avery holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology and is a full professor at Montgomery College where she runs a world music program.   

Ed Bourgeois

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 Festival, and he was recently in residence at Native Voices to develop his drama, River of Blood. He is co-creator of Raven’s Radio Hour, and is currently writing a one-person comedy – based on a character from that show – that he hopes to tour: Aunty Galena Tells It Like It Is (working title).


Autumn Star Chacon

Autumn Star Chacon is a Diné/Chicana activist, community organizer, agriculturist and multimedia and performance artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chacon looks for traditional philosophy in contemporary stories and experiences drawing from her early career as a television producer, her ar often includes electronic sound, sound installations, and unconventional radio frequencies in which she creates environments where an audience is free to control how much of her work they wish to receive. Autumn strives to make work that reflects her natural environment and to give voice to those around her that often live unheard.

Maura Garcia

Maura Garcia (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 further social justice. Maura’s artistic creations reflect the power of stories to form and change our realities. Through narrative driven choreography she seeks to form connections, empower Indigenous cultural values and explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Moses Goods

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.  His body of work ranges from full length plays to theatrical storytelling pieces most of which are strongly rooted in Native Hawaiian culture.  Moses is also the founder and artistic director of ʻInamona Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to reintroducing the native stories of Hawaiʻi to the community.



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 music but plays with his music.  Halemanu is a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) whose family heritage in the islands is traced back over 800 years. His performances reflect this rich culture with stories of past and present life in Hawai’i .  He has shared the stage and worked with a multitude of Hawai’i artists, as well as, members of Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Thea Hopkins

Performing songwriter Thea Hopkins is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha's Vineyard. Her ancestry also includes Nottoway/Iroquois, African-American, Irish, and Portuguese.  In 2004 and 2010, Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song "Jesus Is On The Wire." It's considered one of their later signature songs. Thea's produced four albums, ranging from the hard-kicking Americana "Lilac Sky," to her new album of exquisite beauty and dramatic balladry, "Love Come Down." Her recent festivals include Moseley Folk and Greenbelt in the UK, and the Woody Guthrie Fest and Outside the Box in the U.S. "A standout songwriter" raved the Washington Post.

DeLanna Studi

DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) was in the first national Broadway tour of August Osage County, the NY Times Critic’s Pick Informed Consent and spent two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her film and television credits include Edge of America, The Only Good Indian, Blessed, General Hospital, Z Nation, and Shameless. Her play And So We Walked based on retracing her family’s footsteps along the Trail of Tears with her father was produced at Triad Stage and Portland Center Stage. And So We Walked received the 2016 MAP Fund Grant, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation Grant and the Autry’s Butcher Scholar Award.