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To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, check out these five amazing content creators!
James Jones is a Nêhiyaw (Cree) dancer who shares traditional hoop dances via his TikTok and Instagram. He has performed globally for 15 years and is now showcasing his talents online. Along with his performances, Jones uses TikTok to spread awareness about issues affecting Native communities and champions keeping Native traditions alive. On his TikTok, you can find additional links for all resources, including links to information about residential schools and murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).
Giiwedin is an Anishinaabe digital creator who advocates for environmental and Indigenous rights. He creates humorous, informative, and relatable content about his life experiences and posts resources about how to get involved with protecting water rights. You can find him on Instagram at @giiwedin.
Jessie Loyer is a Nêhiyaw (Cree)-Métis librarian and writer who currently works at Mount Royal University in Canada. Her content focuses on the organization, sharing, and framework of Indigenous knowledge. She has great posts about scholarly resources for learning about Indigenous knowledge as well as how to cite Indigenous sources. Her website features more of her writing and reviews, as well as her poetry!
Eagle Blackbird is an 18-year-old TikTok creator who makes comedy content about Native life, with over 300,000 followers and 4.8 million likes on the platform. He jokes about realities and assumptions about Native life. You can find him on Instagram at @itzeaglee.
Quannah Chasinghorse is a Hän Gwich’in (Alaskan Native)-Oglala Lakota model and activist. You may know her from her stunning appearance at the 2021 MET Gala where she wore Peter Dundas with turquoise jewelry to pay homage to the Navajo Nation, where she was raised. Her TikTok features behind-the-scenes posts about her daily life and events.
Special Note: This list includes people of Indigenous descent in Canada in addition to Indigenous peoples of the US. While Indigenous people of Canada generally do not use the term “Native American,” this list is meant to spotlight Indigenous talent across North America.