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Matthew Platero

County: Spokane County




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Matthew is a multifaceted media producer with a profound connection to his roots. Born in the scenic vistas of Shiprock, New Mexico, and raised amidst the bustling cultural landscape of Seattle, his journey has been one of diversity and discovery. Drawing inspiration from his Navajo and Kiowa heritage, his works often resonate with the deep-rooted stories and traditions of his ancestors. His academic pursuits at Eastern Washington University culminated in a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Design, further sharpening his creative edge and equipping him with a keen sense of design dynamics. While Matthew wore many hats—including an 8-year stint as a bartender—his true calling led him to establish Mowglee, a beacon for creative excellence. Today, through Mowglee, he champions the cause of Native businesses, amplifying their stories and voices through bespoke content and media. Beyond his professional endeavors, Matthew embodies resilience and transformation, guiding fellow alcoholics on the path to recovery. In every facet of his life, Matthew showcases a blend of artistry, empathy, and dedication, making him a beacon of inspiration in both the art world and the community at large.

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