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Winter 2021 Community Grant Voting is LIVE! Group 13 – 17

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

Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa)
Our way of life is being threatened but we shall continue our traditions how our ancestors did during wars and plagues. We shall move forward to keep our cultural ways and beliefs.

Justin, 13

Title: "Stepping Into the Future"
My piece interprets my culture moving from the past to the present by dancing through the centuries.

Isabella, 13

Gros Ventre/ Assiniboine/ Jicarilla Apache/ Navajo (Diné)
My sculpture represents the theme by showing a loving mother holding the next generation who will help our traditions to move forward. The passing of traditions will begin with mother and child than family and community through generation after generation

Jared, 16

Navajo (Diné)/Annishinabae
Second Generation Jeweler
Title: "Grandson"
My piece is “Talking God sharing knowledge passed through generation, blessings, sharing & pairing culture knowledge with each other as we walk in beauty, the dreams are in your hands”
The boy right here is me. And this is the finished product. It is all hand fabricated and cut out individually. I decided that the feathers, hands, bull, Yeí bi Cheii, and the boy are all in there. I tried to do a traditional look and I added a more in-depth 3D look. I wish everyone good luck and I can’t wait!
Sterling silver hand fabricated doomed shaped, adavanced soldering, design, sketch, drawings, pop up 3-D elements

Mosgaadace, 15

Navajo (Diné)
Title: “Carrying Our Tradition Forward”
Acrylic Art on #3 Canvas
20 x 24”
I’m always told by my Aunty that “Children are medicine”. Sometimes she has me do a prayer because she says my medicine is stronger than hers. So right away I knew I had to include kids in my piece. Tradition is taught and learned through food, clothing, language, storytelling, prayer, and participation. If you want to learn, someone is always willing to teach. Just ask. In my piece. I did a Yeí bi Cheii doing a prayer, offering corn pollen to the morning sunrise with 3 children by his side. Children are medicine, our prayers are stronger. I wanted to show that the kids are watching & learning. “Carrying our Tradition Forward”.

Kyle, 14

Navajo (Diné)
Title: "Walk In Beauty"
For this artwork, I was inspired greatly by R.C. Gorman’s artworks of Navajo women. And his landscape paintings. And though I’ve never been good at painting sunsets and sunrises. I think I did well. This artwork depicts the night changing to day. Representing dawn of hope. And a Navajo woman standing in its beauty. With yellow corn pollen flowing through the artwork. This shows that through night and day we stay traditional and hold onto our traditions. And that no change as great as night to day will change us. I used a 9x12 watercolor paper, and a plethora of brushes, acrylic paint for the background. And for the woman, I used art paper to sketch the woman. And marked it over with a pen. And after I colored with colored pencils. Aheehee! Thank you!

Landon, 14

Acoma Pueblo
Title: "Sunset Culture"
My pottery is handmade, this represents "carrying traditions forward" not only because it is traditionally made but the people of all ages are holding hands because it shows passing traditions down through generations and I put it in the middle of the beautiful sunset as each culture is just beautiful and it's in the middle and most important part of each culture.

Leah, 13

Pyramid Lake Paiute
Title: “A Modern Parallel”
For this piece, I chose an older Native Chief observing a modern machine. And in the “sky” we can see a Coast Salish sun looking down. With this, we can see how far time has gone and how traditions need to be passed on or moved through time. Though it’s not a super deep picture, I like to think about how far we’ve all come through life and manage to keep some traditions alive. I went through many stages of unsatisfaction with what I was going to draw for this contest. And although I had some Artist’s block, I wanted to turn something in. I was going to stick to traditional pencil but decided to switch to digital. So I added my original sketch.

Sanoalani, 17

Seminole (enrolled), Mvskoke, Chahta, Cheyenne
Title: "Hope."
"They can take away our languages, they can take away our ceremony, they can take us from our homes, they can take away our hair, clothes, and names. All these things have been taken from us over time, and we've fought so hard to keep these parts of our cultures alive, but the one thing that they can't take away from us? They can't take away our spirituality, our medicine, our beliefs. We may lose things about ourselves along the way, but the one thing we haven't forgotten is the importance of teaching no matter what, even just a little bit, will ignite the future for our next generation, and carry our traditions forward." This piece shows the parallels of a Mvskoke mother and daughter, presenting the differences between our generations. The Mother offering medicine to her daughter, giving it to her, for it is her turn to carry on the tradition, and spiritual beliefs of their family, and is offering her this knowledge and ability to continue their ways. It depicts two very different environments that they have grown up in, the concept, that as the sun sets on one day, it always rises onto another. The mother's side, more natural, with an arbor, tall grass, trees, and flowers around her, with the sun setting, as she passes it to her daughter. The daughter's side shows a cityscape esque background, with a modern world around her, as visible in her clothes, and the environment. The sun on her side is rising into a new day, as she accepts this medicine, carrying our traditions forward. The smoke is our prayers going up to our ancestors, and they can hear us.

Georgia, 14

Navajo (Diné)
Title: "Unearthed Medicine: Dził Dashzhinnii Hashtł’ish"
Description: Traditional Navajo Pottery, Handmade, Local sourced clay, Dził Dashzhinnii (Black Spotted mountain), Hand Processed, Jeeh (pine sap), Young Navajo Potter, Only youth Potter in area, Started working in the medium.
Explanation of the piece and why it represents the theme: The pieces that are shown are named Unearthed Medicine: Dził Dashzhinnii Hashtł’ish. The pieces were made from local source clay of Dził Dashzhinnii (Black Spotted Mountain). The clay was used to create the pipes and the pipes were made handmade with tools, sandpaper and olive oil. After creating the pipes, they are fired with extreme heat from the uses of wood and manure. Finally, layered with Jeeh (pine sap) to bring the full potential of the pot with colors. The pottery pieces that are shown represent the theme by the techniques and traditions of Navajo Pottery. The reason is that the pipes are a source of healing and prayer that the Dine carries in our tradition. The name of the pieces, Unearthed Medicine: Dził Dashzhinnii Hashtł’ish, represents the theme of carrying our tradition forward by me as an artist and a Navajo by continuing to provide my people and my family with healing and prayers that my people learned and continue forward with. My tradition is carried through the pottery pieces that I have created and through pottery I am able to move forward with those traditions for the future.

Titus, 17