Each month Indigenous Goddess Gang will create a space for sharing medicine through poetry, food & seed knowledge, herbalism, music and more. This is a space for reclaiming knowledge from an indigenous femme lens. Each month we will honor a different tribe of matriarchs in our fashion shoots. Each month we will continue to grow and share the knowledge of our matriarchs and share that medicine.
Indigenous Goddess Gang is a space intended for INDIGENOUS people. We've had our land taken from us, we've had our cultures taken from us, we've had our languages taken from us. This is a step towards reclaiming our knowledge, identity and medicine. This site is not intended for exploiting or appropriating. Tread lightly and respectfully.
"As a project which centers indigenous women, we also recognize the crucial work of our queer, trans, two-spirit and non-binary communities, and we acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do; to walk together, to reclaim our knowledge together and to move forward together."
Jade Begay, Diné and Tesuque, is a multimedia artist, digital storyteller, and media strategist. Jade has journeyed across the world to work with Indigenous Peoples and communities to amplify their voices and stories. Jade is a producer at Indigenous Rising Media and partners with groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network, Bioneers, AJ+, and Google to create media that educates the audiences on Indigenous Issues.
Alana Bluebird- Alanna is a Blackfoot Dene writer, poet, and a performing artist who uses her creativity to empower youth. She is from Tsuut’ina Nation and expresses herself through poetry, photography, film & Quillwork. She has travelled to multiple countries and communities to share her spoken word poetry, and facilitates Native Wellness Institute workshops. Alanna gets inspiration for her poetry from her traditional and spiritual way of life. 2015 was the first time she shared her spoken word to the public. Since then she brought this talent to several diverse audiences. She received an award scholarship from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts where she was recognized as a “ 2017 Emerging Artist”. One highlight of this journey was when Alanna went to New Zealand and was apart of the “2016 Uplift Spoken Word Poetry Tour”. Recent projects that she is very proud of is a tour in southern Alberta of 50 elementary schools, with the theatre production, “We are all Treaty People”. A powerful 45 minute play that told the dynamic story of Treaty 7 people and its beginning. Alanna had the wonderful opportunity to work as Artistic Director for the Calgary Stampede Show Band 2017 production of “Mosaic”. She worked alongside with the Directors to create a production that addressed Indigenous peoples history in Canada. Alanna currently resides in New Mexico where she continues to create multifaceted art.
Demian DinéYazhi's artwork is materialized through the lens of curatorial inquiry, site-specific installation(s), poetic expression, social engagement, and art production. DinéYazhi' was raised in a matrilineal household and his maternal grandfather served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker. Therefore, the undercurrents of DinéYazhi's work include a reverence toward traditional Diné practices, storytelling, traditional ceremonies, and acknowledging the criticality and sacredness of land, while simultaneously challenging contemporary archetypes of authenticity and jurisdiction. DinéYazhi' creates artwork that challenges hierarchal structures and re-utilizes conceptual art as a tool for truthtelling, sovereignty, uprising, and reclamation of language, culture, and self.
Katarina Yazzie. Todichiini, Tabaaha, Tlogi, Taneezahnii. I'm from Da'a'k'ehalani. I'm a 20 year old Electrician who decided to quit her job and chase my dreams. As a high schooler my mother pushed me to enroll in college. Therefore, I attended high school and college at the same time in Phoenix, Az. I give my father credit for all my brains. I didn't live a "normal" high school life. I don't have many friends and I use my camera as a midway between people and I. I also turned to social media to make and meet new people. I never had an interest in photography until I was out of high school. I had loved music and playing music. Piano, Native American Flute, and Guitar were my main interests. I have a strong will to travel. I realized my love for being wild at the crisp age of 18. I had a 2014 Jeep Wrangler that I loaded all my belonging with. I hit the road all alone with ambition and the will to learn as many things I could from as many people as I could. My first stop was in Orla Texas. Being with out my parents and sisters was definitely hard but I managed. I lived in Texas for almost two years, coming home to the rez occasionally. There I bought my first camera. My hobby as a photographer started there. At the time I was working as a full time Electrician at Natural Gas power plants and coal mines. I then high tailed it to California. In California I met tons of new people that convinced me quit my job and follow my photog dreams. I left my gypsy trail and came home August of 2016. I then decided to started my blog. I give all the credit for photography style and blog to my family. If they didn't live the cowboy lifestyle I wouldn't have anything to photograph. My blog is all about good photos and "creative natives" as I like to call them. I am very passionate about my Dine culture. Our Navajo language is VERY VERY precious! I occasionally do Navajo words of the day on my Snapchat to help other natives learn simple words and phrases. I support as many Native American artist as I can through my blog. I didn't think I would be nearly as successful as I am today. I owe it all to my followers. Throughout the past year I've had the opportunity to work many wonderful companies. Being hired by companies I never thought would ever give me a chance really boosted my confidence. All in all I think my story is very relate-able. I'm so glad I decided to take this huge risk with my career. I personally think that my story will help any other aspiring photographers who aren't too sure about what to do with their lives. My struggles are what made me the business woman I am today.
My name is Kaylynn Begay. I live in Many Farms, az. My husbands name is Denton Begay and we have 2 beautiful little boys. I love doing makeup and i am a self taught makeup artist. I also went to school for fashion/modeling/acting at John Casa Blanca Model and Career and recieved my certificate. I have done makeup from prom to weddings and down to photo shoots. I don't have every little thing known big to the makeup industry but i do what i can with what i have and i know in my heart i will get..somewhere with it. Makeup is not something to make myself feel better about myself but a way of self expresion and beautiful art. Every person is beautiful in their own way and i encourage anyone that loves makeup to keep practicing and you'll imprive day by day . Thank you for this opportunity to show my skills. Facebook is Kay Begay and instagram is @kay.begay. These are ways to get ahold of me.
Rowen White is a Seed Keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. Rowen is the current National Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at leveraging resources to support tribal food sovereignty projects. The mission of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island. Rowen's passion is in teaching and mentoring, and has developed many curricula which focus on holistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture; from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of relations. She teaches and facilitates creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org
Ginger Dunnill works in community organizing, audio composition, sound installation and performance based art. Dunnill collaborates with artists globally, creating and performing work that inspires human connection and speaks on social justice. Her most recent social engagement project, Broken Boxes Podcast, highlights monthly interviews with indigenous and activism based artists, creating a connection point between artists from across the world. Dunnill is also a founding member of Winter Count, a collective of artists cultivating awareness, respect, honor and protection for land and water, and Dunnill is co-organizer of Dear Patriarchy, a multi-disciplinary platform which provides recognition and space for Resistance Art and Action led by Indigenous women and femme identifying communities. www.brokenboxespodcast.com
Nicolle L. Gonzales, Diné Midwife
My clan is Tl’aashchi’I, Red Bottom clan, born for Tachii’nii, Red Running into the Water clan. Hashk’aa hadzohi, Yucca fruit-strung-out-in-a line clan, and Naasht’ezhi dine’e, Zuni clan. Growing up on and off the Navajo reservation near Farmington, New Mexico our traditional healing practices have always been apart of my life. I attribute my accomplishments to the many prayers and ceremonies done on my behalf as I was growing into the asdzání I am today. My work as a midwife is to support women through their transformation through puberty, motherhood, and beyond while applying and integrating traditional knowledge.
Ooljéé Bideezhíké or little sisters of the moon is a collective of mindful moon bleeders. We appreciate all sacred cycles of our bodies and land. It is important to us to practice self healing. When we heal our wombs we heal the land. We believe in the restoration of sacred anatomy to creat our sacred self. It has been a mission to bring awareness to alternative reusable mynstrual products. The goal is to honor our sacred cycles and start loving our moontime.
Kim Smith- hails from the Diné Nation in the southwestern part of the U.S. She has dedicated her life to fighting for indigenous human rights, water & land at a local, national and international level. In her Diné community her work includes advocacy work in environmental justice, food sovereignty, art & indigenous based knowledge. When she is not home Kim curates a national traveling exhibition called, “The Art of Indigenous Resistance” which highlights graffiti and indigenous art as a platform to raise awareness about indigenous resistance. Kim also travels to indigenous resistance communities around the world to reconnect intertribal relationships and build solidarity. This year alone Kim has helped raise over $20,000 for the frontline communities she has visited. Kim is the founder for the online collective indigenous feminist magazine, "Indigenous Goddess Gang". Kim works along side Winona Laduke as a board member for Honor the Earth & Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, she is considered an expert on Climate Change for the United Nations and is a registered International Front line Defender.
Other contributors: Shondina Lee, Maize White, Raina Silver