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Meet the Founding Members of Creative Nations.
The founding members are all from different Nations and Tribes throughout Turtle Island, and bring extensive expertise and experience in Arts and Creativity with them to Creative Nations.
JayCee Beyale grew up in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, and received his BFA in printmaking from the University of New Mexico. He currently resides in Westminster, but travels often participates in collaborative murals and other art projects with fellow organizations and artists. JayCee’s connection to his aboriginal culture is heavily influenced by his involvement in the arts; his personal identity and background have always been present in his work because he is proud of who he is and where he comes from. His career as an artist started when he discovered street art and graffiti. He is deeply influenced by music, and is certain that without music, his art would not exist. Combining traditional indigenous ideologies and his personal Buddhist practice, JayCee is always striving to emphasize the concepts and convictions in his art. Using a combination of spray paints and acrylics, he hopes to share his beliefs by celebrating the fusion of technology and Indigenous culture in his work. JayCee aspires to illustrate the Laws of Movement, Unity and Impermanence in his work.
Kelly Holmes, Mnicoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River reservation in South Dakota, is an entrepreneur, content creator, and influencer. Kelly is the founder and President of Native Max New Media, an award-winning global multimedia brand with a constellation of platforms and networks that expands Indigenous talent across print, digital, web, and more. She is also editor-in-chief of Native Max Magazine, a glossy publication that features the achievements, fashion, culture, and lifestyle of Indigenous people. Kelly is also the founder and CEO of Native Fashion in the City, a global network and platform committed to strengthening the impact and influence of Indigenous Fashion around the world by supporting the next generation of Indigenous fashion talents. Kelly’s mission is to create platforms and opportunities for Indigenous people to share their stories with the world. Her passion is inspiring others to conquer their struggles and use them as fuel for their fire.
Walt Pourier, Creative Director of Nakota Designs, and Executive Director of the Strong Hold Society is Oglala Lakota, from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Walt’s focus – through his art and design and through the many creative movements he supports – is to share messages of hope, inspiration, and healthy way of life outlooks. His outreach efforts have included youth movements, language revitalization campaigns, suicide prevention, ending domestic violence, food distribution, etc, which have reached many communities.
Danielle SeeWalker is Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta and citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, where she was born & raised. She is an artist, writer, activist, and boymom of two, based in Denver, Colorado. Her visual artwork often incorporates the use of mixed media and experimentation while incorporating traditional Native American materials, scenes, and messaging. Her artwork pays homage to her identity as a Lakȟóta wíŋyaŋ (woman) and her passion to redirect the narrative to an accurate and insightful representation of contemporary Native America while still acknowledging historical events.
Tanaya Winder is an author, singer / songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She received a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. She co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, a literary magazine publishing works by BIPOC women. She is a recipient of the 2016 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 Under 40” list of emerging American Indian leaders and a 2017 First Peoples Fund Artists in Business Leadership fellow.
Winder’s poetry collections include Words Like Love and Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless. Winder’s performances and talks blend storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love and “heartwork.