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Winter 2021 Community Grant Voting is LIVE! Group 12 and under

We are thrilled to announce and share our incredible submissions for the Winter 2021 Native Arts Community Grant. This is the 12 & under group. 
View ages 13 – 17 here.
View ages 18 – 21 here.

VOTE for your favorites of all ages and submissions:

12 and under here
13 – 17 here
18 – 21 here 

Navajo (Diné)
Title: “Morning Prayer”
This piece represents the early morning when you pray. I thought this would represent the theme because it’s a tradition.

Tamira, 12

Title: “Words of Wisdom”
I’ve taken memories and teachings from my late Kaaga (grandfather) and parents to make a collage of what it takes to pass on knowledge to our future generations.

Audrey, 12

Navajo (Diné)
The painting I made is a self-portrait for the theme of carrying our traditions forward as I see myself doing in the future. In the back, there are yeibicheii’s (Our Gods) getting ready to start dancing. They only dance at night (in winter.) Since they only dance at night, I made a night sky and moon. Inside the hogan are medicine men, chanting and tapping a basket, which I go into to watch and sing along with my dad who is a Navajo Medicine Man. It is meaningful because I enjoy attending and helping my dad with ceremonies and one day, I will take part in dancing with my family.

Andreas, 12

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Title: “The Wanderer”
I am a 10-year-old member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and adopted by the Comanches. I am a third-generation Indian artist. My piece is titled “The Wandering Buffalo” and this represents our grocery stores in the past. I am an archery student and am taught many stories by my parents. The buffalo is a friend to me. 20×16 Watercolor on Illustration Board This is in the traditional southern plains style of painting with a contemporary expression.

Mikah, 10

Cheyenne Arapaho
Title: “Two-Spirit Sisters, Carrying Sisterhood”
The left side represents a beautiful, strong independent spirit, making a warm red-orange aura. The right side represents a lively, curious, and creative spirit, making a cool green purple, and aqua aura This piece represents that polar opposites can bloom a beautiful friendship and a strong bond.

Mayanna, 12

Navajo Nation (Diné)
Title: “The Prayer”
My painting is reflective of my experiences and teachings gained during my puberty ceremony. Events that will help me carry our traditions forward to girls entering womanhood. First box: Grandma taught me how to pray at dawn with our corn pollen Second box: When we had my ceremony in the hogan and listening to the story about changing women. Third: grandma teaching me the importance of raising sheep and sheering them Fourth box: grandma teaching me how to weave and make a loom Fifth box: grandma teaching me how to spin the wool to yarn from Navajo Churro Sheep Background rainbow represents the loom of rug weaving, weaving our thoughts together and carrying our traditions forward.

Azmera, 10

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria
Title: “Storytelling the Night of Beauty”
My art describes carrying on the tradition of storytelling. It’s is important to keep doing this. It is how we know about our Native traditions and what makes us special.

Kendall, 6

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Title: “Peaceful Rainbow”
My drawing shows a peaceful rainbow. Peace should be closer to us on Earth. Peace will help heal the pain that people go through so that they can carry our traditions forward together.

Keanu, 7

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Title: “To Speak”
I did a drawing using oil pastels of a Choctaw girl holding a blanket with the word “imanumpa” on it. The word means to speak. One way to carry our traditions forward is to connect with the younger kids with their language before it is forgotten.

Kira, 8

Navajo (Diné)
“Keeping Our Prayers Alive”
The sun god represents warmth, growth, and plants. The corn represents nature, food, and air. We use corn pollen for praying, so I painted it on a skateboard to remind myself to go forward with our prayers with the corn

Maria, 11

Hopi/Tewa/Yavapai Apache
Title: “Kyaptsi=Respect”
This drawing represents respect for all living and nonliving things and people. We must carry on our traditions with respect. Our Hopi/Tewa kachinas come to teach us about life and how we must continue to follow our traditions. I am still young but I carry on my tradition by dancing in our social dance, as seen in the picture of the butterfly dance. Our shrine in the middle is where we pray and where our songs are heard. We have many clans and we must respect each other. We dance for rain and for our lives so that we can be strong and have lots of crops. Kwa-Kwaii/Thank You

Michael, 10

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