November 19, 2021

Announcing NDN Collective’s 2021 Radical Imagination Artist & Storyteller Cohort

Ten NEW Indigenous artists and storytellers selected for NDN Collective's second cohort of the Radical Imagination Grant program.

NDN Collective is honored to announce the 2021 cohort of Radical Imagination Artists & Storytellers.

This one-year grant invests in Indigenous artists and storytellers as they create and expand on unique expressions of a radically imagined, more just and equitable future through community-based cultural expressions that propose solutions to our most challenging societal problems. These talented, visionary artists from throughout Turtle Island (including the postcolonial borders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico) and related Island Nations of Guam and Boriken (Puerto Rico) will bring their radical imaginations to life through their art. 

While remaining rooted in their communities, they are nurturing, amplifying and expanding their visions of a radically imagined future– one that branches out beyond borders and geographic limitations. 

Over the next year, each selected artist will receive a grant up to $50,000 to support their community aligned project that envisions the future world we are striving towards. Artists were selected for their ability to amplify the Indigenous experience and use their art to highlight a future that is more just and equitable for Indigenous communities, all people and the planet.

Introducing the 2021 Radical Imagination Artist & Storyteller Cohort


Meet the Artists:


LENORA (NORA) NORANJO MORSE

(KHA’P’O TEWA [SANTA CLARA PUEBLO])

Contemporary Artist

Nora is a contemporary artist who energizes Pueblo ancestral sensibility into her art using earth-based materials to create large Public Art installations.

Her project will entail research on recycling in Native communities, the environmental impact of waste on tribal lands and possible methods of offering positive environmental solutions.



WILL WILSON

(DINÉ)

PHOTOGRAPHER AND TRANS-CUSTOMARY ARTIST

Will is a photographer and trans-customary artist who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation.

His project entails capturing a portrait of the Navajo Nation surrounding environmental and social poverty, but more importantly, shaping a platform for voices of resilience, wisdom, and vision for a transition to restorative systems of economy and memory making.



FRANK WALN

(Sicangu LAKOTA)

PERFORMER, SPEAKER AND WRITER

Frank Waln is an award-winning performer, speaker and writer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

His project will entail creation of a podcast capturing the stories behind songs as told by artists  as well as upgrades and expansion to his music services.



JACKIE FAWN

(YUROK, WASHOE, SURIGAONON)

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATOR

Jackie Fawn is a graphic illustrator from the Redwoods of Klamath, California.

Her project entails project research and accrual of materials in support of her book, “Colors of the Land,” digital accessibility of the book, creation of a studio to house workshops on utilizing “Colors of the Land” as a tool for decolonizing education as well as an introductory workshop to creative resistance.



DIMI MACHERAS

(ATHNA ATHABASCAN)

COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATOR

Dimi Macheras is a comic book illustrator and Chickaloon Village Tribal Citizen.

His project would entail illustration of his Chikaloonies graphic novel as well as design of companion materials such as drawing lessons, language lessons and online versions starring the characters from the book.



PETER WILLIAMS

(YUP’IK)

CULTURE BEARER, ARTIST, DESIGNER AND EDUCATOR

Peter Williams is a culture bearer, artist, designer and educator based in Alaska.

His project entails exploration of climate change’s disproportionate effect on Alaska Natives’ food systems while highlighting the strength and healing nature of the continued traditional practices of fish skin tanning and sewing.



MARCA CASSITY

(OSAGE)

MUSICIAN 

Marca Cassity is a musician and enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation with Kaw, Saponi, and Susquehannock as well as French, Scottish-Irish, Irish, English, and German heritage.

Marca delivers inspired folk-rock-electronic songs with Native nuances, that speak to overcoming hardship through resilience, in connection to nature, humor, love, compassion, spirituality, and heritage. Their project entails making a 10-song album and music video about Two-Spirit belonging and its connection to decolonization. 



DAKOTA ALCANTARA CAMACHO

(MATAO/CHAMORU)

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST

Dakota Camacho is a multi-disciplinary artist born & raised in Coast Salish Territory who creates indigenizing processes by weaving languages of altar-making, movement, film, music, and prayer. 

Their project entails creation of FANHASSO, an Extended Reality (XR) app as a tool to strengthen Matao/Chamoru imagination muscles. The app allows people to use their smartphone to see into the imagination of Matao/Chamoru people.



NIVIALIS TORO-LOPEZ

(TAÍNO)

POTTER

Nivialis L. Toro-López is a borikua potter, based in occupied Taíno lands now known as San Juan, Puerto Rico, working on functional and sculptural ceramics. 

Her project entails continued development around the idea of functional sculpture, exploration of clay as a means to write political messages of resistance, pedagogical techniques to be more inclusive and community workshops.



AMADEO COOL MAY

(MAYA)

Radio Host

Amadeo is a radio producer who, after 30 years of being in front of the radio news and in the midst of climate change, accepts the challenge of being able to share with other brothers and Native peoples of the world the richness of Mayan Culture, and the idea that food sustainability is possible.

His project entails the development of radio capsules where he will bring in people to have dialogue about nutrition, the defense of Mayan land, traditional medicine and the plants of the jungle, community organizing, and the need to defend and bring back Mayan knowledge and wisdom. 


Congratulations to all the Artists!

April 2022 Edition

Stay Informed. Take Action.

Subscribe to the NDN allies newsletter

Sign up to get our newsletter. Delivered once per month.

We care about the protection of your data and would never sell your email or share it with anyone without your permission.

NDN Collective Launches Community Engagement Survey for Distributing Nearly $50M to Native People in SD, ND, and MN Posted 5 months ago
“We have an ambitious goal of hearing from over 20,000 Native individuals situated in the tri-state area. Our voices and lived experiences matter - and so do our visions and dreams for an abundant future.”
Meet the Collective Abundance Fund Regional Advisory Committee Posted 5 months ago
The Regional Advisory Committee will be key to building the regenerative movement while supporting reciprocal relationships that are marked by collective learning, knowledge sharing and consideration of diverse insight as part of NDN Collective’s respective areas of work and commitment.
NDN Collective Announces “Community Action Fund” for Indigenous Frontline Organizers Posted 5 months ago
Grants up to $30,000 offered to support on the ground organizers and movement builders who stand on the frontlines to defend Indigenous Peoples inherent rights to self-determination and equity for all people and the planet.
NDN Collective Calls for Boycott of Rapid City Businesses with Racist Policies Posted 5 months ago
The goal for the ongoing boycott is to discourage community members from supporting businesses with racist policies & practices, and instead encourage them to use buying power to impact change by redirecting their dollars to businesses that stand in solidarity with Indigenous people.
NDN Collective Responds to DOI Announcement of Reformed Onshore Oil and Gas Lease Sales Posted 6 months ago
“We must carry this win forward to remain steadfast in our work to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and we must also turn our attention to reforming offshore oil and gas leasing. It is clear that the Department of Interior has been paying attention to the need for making decarbonization more accessible to Native and Indigenous homes, communities, and Tribal Nations, and we need that accessibility to extend even further."
NDN Collective Announces Regional Advisory Committee to Guide Design of $50M Collective Abundance Fund Posted 6 months ago
Native community leaders and representatives from reservation and urban areas in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota selected to support the development of the Collective Abundance Fund from a $50M Bush Foundation award to NDN Collective to support closing the racial wealth gap.
NDN Collective Responds to SD Gov. Noem's Executive Order Restricting Critical Race Theory Posted 6 months ago
“Noem’s executive order is yet another move that tragically diminishes the capacity of our young people to see difficult historical truths with empathy. We need leadership whose actions ensure all of our youth will have enriching learning opportunities that prepare them for a transformative future."
NDN Collective Response to IPCC Report Pointing to Colonialism as Climate Change Driver Posted 6 months ago
The IPCC report acknowledging colonialism as a driver of climate change reinforces what Indigenous Peoples across the globe have been declaring for decades.
NDN Collective Releases Position Paper on Palestine Posted 6 months ago
"Today on Palestinian Land Day (يوم الأرض), we uplift the sacrifices that our people have made and continue to make so that we can fight for a liberated future and a dignified present. As Palestinians living in exile on Turtle Island, we have learned so much from our siblings in struggle and are grateful for their inspiring courage in the face of so much adversity."
'The Right OF Return Is LANDBACK'

By NDN Collective's LANDBACK Team

Posted 6 months ago
Today on Palestinian Land Day, we uplift the ongoing struggle of our Palestinian relatives for liberation of their homeland and full return for all Palestinian people. We reaffirm that our solidarity as people runs deep and is both historical and ongoing.

United like never before, we rise together—arm in arm—to equip all Indigenous Peoples with the tools needed to become architects of our future. Through a holistic approach to infrastructure, funding, advocacy, movement building, and philanthropy we are fostering a world of justice and equity for all people and the planet.