(Sweetgrass First Nations)
Josh is a Men’s Northern Traditional dancer who has always had a passion for dance, starting at the age of 5 his parents encouraged him to pursue it. Josh’s passion for educating people about Native histories, dances, songs has allowed him to travel all over the world. He says this truly is a blessing to be able to educate people about the first peoples of the land & is always thankful for his parents instilling cultural values into his everyday life.
(Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
Sheena is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe who grew up in a family who always instilled cultural values, today she passes these values on to her two daughters. Sheena is a Jingle Dress dancer who fell in love with the style at a young age after hearing the stories of healing that is brought by the dress and dance. She dances for those who need healing, for those who cannot dance & for those who simply enjoy watching the beauty of our cultures. Dancing is her way of sharing the stories that have been passed down to her to the future generations.
(Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
Ogidakamig's English name is Mike DeMain, he is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe who grew up steeped in Ojibwe lifeways understanding very early on the importance of passing on teachings from one generation to the next. Mike is a versatile dancer, who began as a Men’s Northern Traditional dancer and today dances Woodland, learning the stories and protocol of both styles he is well respected in the Powwow arena. He is also one of the founding members of the award-winning drum group Pipestone and is known nationally for his singing. Mike is a devoted father of six, who passes these ways on to his children and to the students at the LCO Tribal School where he serves as the Cultural Teacher.
Dee Jay Two Bears
(Standing Rock Sioux Nation)
Dee Jay Two Bears is a filmmaker, artist and social activist bringing Native issues to light with dance, art, music, and film. During the Water Protector movement, he was behind the scenes of the Rezpect Our Water campaign and had exclusive access to many of the driving forces behind the NO-DAPL movement, from the Standing Rock Youth who led the movement to LaDonna BraveBull Allard and Chairman David Archambault who guided the SRSN to ensure proper traditional protocol was maintained.
Dee Jay has worked with Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Pharrell Williams, JR, Madonna, Brad PItt and many other talented artists to bring awareness to Native American culture.
His short film “What Came Before”, co-directed with Jon Boogz, is a powerful dance project which relates Indigenous Native American dance style with Hiphop.
Dee Jay continues to make his stamp on the mainstream world using his Indigenous roots to make sure the narrative stays within Native Country.
Dee Jay was born in Cannonball, ND and is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.