County: Okanogan County
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2022
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kʔupłəs ənim̓kła (thunder & lightning), from the Chief Joseph band of Nez Perce and enrolled member of the Colville Confederated tribes, has traveled nationwide as a performance artist, indigenous educator, environmental-social justice activist, storyteller, humanitarian, actor and musician. He is a teaching artist and has developed a mesmerizing stage theatrical performance titled “since time immemorial” which is based on his recent Ted X talk. His performances captivate all audiences with his special mixture of tribal traditional storytelling, costumes, dancing, music, combined with modern technology such as stage lighting, video, humor that immerse his audiences into a meaningful story that inspires hope, courage, unity, respect and harmony!
He is seen in numerous documentaries, news and media regarding his courageous front-line appearance at Standing Rock. He also made his acting debut in Z Nation (season 5) and most recently helped create the newly released film- Hostile territories which he worked as an advisor/costume designer/hair/make up/music and acting! His flute music and singing are featured on rap, reggae, indigenous films and rock videos as well an upcoming video game! He collaborated with fellow tribal musicians to win the best animation video for sister wolves, which won at the LA Skins fest! He performs on the main stage warming up before the headliner acts at music festivals and is a featured speaker at many cultural community events! He enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge at colleges, schools, administrative teams and a vast array of cultural and community gatherings. He is now working on his first book and music recordings to share next year!
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