Native American Animation Program

In 2019, the LA Skins Fest launched the Native American Animation Lab and Native American Youth Animation Workshop. In partnership with several studios, networks and tribes, the animation program is a multi-day intensive that provides creative development for Native Americans seeking professional and educational opportunities in the field of animation. Due to the success of… Read more »

2nd Annual Native American Animation Lab – Recap

The LA SKINS FEST, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Animation, Crunchyroll, Cartoon Network, the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Women In Animation, hosted the 2nd Annual Native American Animation Lab. The 2nd Annual Native American Animation Lab was an intensive workshop that featured guest speakers, mentors and an incredible pitching opportunity. This year’s… Read more »

Chad Martin (Hawaiian)

Chad Martin is a Native Hawaiian multimedia artist and life-long resident of Hawai’i. A graphic designer by trade, Chad refocused his energies in 2014 from freelance to creating engaging content that aligns with his passion for Hawaiian history and culture. Together with his wife, Chad created the Maka’iwa Keiki Youtube Channgel, which teaches basic Hawaiian… Read more »

Alana Walker (Nez Perce)

Alana Tiikpuu Walker is a non-binary Niimiipuu and Diné animator and writer. They are a 2019 graduate of The Institute of American Indian Arts where they majored in Cinematic Arts & Technology. At IAIA Alana won the award for Best Broadcast production in 2016 and attended the 2017 Sundance film festival. Their short films have… Read more »

Arigon Starr (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma)

Arigon Starr is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. She is the creator of Native American superhero “Super Indian,” which began as a radio theater project commissioned by the Native Radio Theater Project and Native Voices at the Autry in 2007. Arigon honed her art skills and transformed “Super Indian” into comic… Read more »

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

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

JohnTom Knight is a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and was born at the Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Oklahoma. More recently, he was selected as a fellow and participated in LA Skins Fest’s 2nd Annual Native American Animation Lab. Through this, he was able to meet and pitch an original series concept to… 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 »