Ryan Abramson (Spokane Tribe of Indians)

I am Ryan Abrahamson, son of Mary and Howard of the Spokane Tribe. I was born on my reservation, and I was raised around the pow-wow drum; singing, dancing, fighting and creating. At an early age, I understood the written word, recorded sound and moving loud images to be the ultimate forms of idea communication and artistic expression. For eighteen years, I trained to be a writer, musician and filmmaker to change the world’s view of my people and my people’ view of themselves. Understanding makes us strong. I am now signed with a literary agent and working on my third novel, and I own my own company; which is in its third year of operation and is the only American Indian digital media company in Spokane, Washington. I still drum and sing the old songs with my family at powwows.