Kayla Shaggy (Navajo)

Kayla Shaggy was born in Shiprock, NM and raised on the Dine reservation. Her aptitude for art was nurtured at an early age and she would go on to graduate from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art – Option. Since then she has participated in different galleries… Read more »

Shelby Ramirez (Navajo)

Shelby Ramirez is a Navajo (Diné) and Mexican American artist from the Navajo Nation (Dinétah.) She grew up in towns on the border of the reservation, and has a strong love for her land and people. She studied film with a focus on animation at Dartmouth College. Her final project was an animation which won… Read more »

JohnTom Knight (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

JohnTom Knight is a member of the Cherokee Nation and was born at the Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Oklahoma. Being raised in a suburb outside of Tulsa, JohnTom spent much of his youth participating in theater and writing comedy. His number one priority when creating any media is making sure it is fun! Through… Read more »

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… Read more »

Noah Watts

Noah Watts is an enrolled member of The Crow Tribe and a descendant of the Blackfeet nation. He was born in Livingston, Montana, and grew up in Bozeman, Montana.  At the age of 17, while a senior in high school, Noah’s first professional audition landed him a role in the film The Slaughter Rule. After… Read more »

Shayna Jackson

Shayna Jackson is an actor and musician from the M’dewakanton Dakota tribe. In November 2020, Shayna performed in the groundbreaking virtual production of THE SPIRIT OF THE VALLEY with PERSEVERANCE THEATRE. Shayna also portrayed the lead role in the world premier of SAND MOON at SON OF SEMELE ENSEMBLE in Los Angeles, CA. Other credits… Read more »

Q’Orianka Kilcher

At age of 14, Q’orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actors for her portrayal of Pocahontas in Terrence Malick’s Oscar nominated film “THE NEW WORLD”, opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. Her performance won the National Board of Review’s best breakthrough performance and the Alma Award for best Latin American actress in… Read more »

Kalani Queypo

Kalani Queypo is a founding member of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native American Committee and serves on the Advisory Council for Native Voices Theater at the Autry. Kalani is an award winning screenwriter for Ancestor Eyes, which he later produced and directed. This short film went on to play at nearly 40 festivals and won 14 awards…. Read more »

Native Americans in Animation Panel

On Thursday November 19th 5p PT,  Native American writers, artists and actors join a panel discussion to share their experience in television animation. Panelists will discuss their backgrounds, their work experience and their creative path to working on current animated series. This event is sponsored by ASIFA-Hollwyood and is free to attend. Registration now for… Read more »