Join us on ZOOM!
Monday, October 11th, 6:00 PM (MST) – An online panel on Indigenous traditional and contemporary dance that will offer a more in-depth look at the meaning of traditional dances for Native people and how those concepts are being applied to contemporary dance forms. The primary focus will be on representation in traditional and contemporary dance, both in terms of showcasing contrasting styles in action and offering glimpses of what those dances are and the role they play in community healing.
: JayCee Beyale
Randy L. Barton
Keya Clairmont was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and is the daughter of Kiva Trujillo and late Lakota Clairmont, most importantly a proud big sister to Wambdi Clairmont. Her maternal grandparents are Patricia Roy Trujillo and the late Kim Trujillo. Her paternal grandparents are Carmen Clairmont and the late Rick Buckanaga. She is the eldest grandchild to both families who have resided in the Denver metro area since the early 1970s. Keya’s Lakota name is “Ta Oyate Iyucupi Waciyan Win – Makes People Happy Through Her Dancing” She is an enrolled member of the Taos Pueblo, and she is also Sicangu Lakota, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Meskwaki, and Leech Lake Ojibwe. Keya is an aspiring photographer who loves to take photos of her family, powwow dancers, & singers. She has emphasized Traditional Culture Through Contemporary Expression through her art of fancy shawl dancing. She encourages the youth to sing and dance as it has helped her to live an active healthy lifestyle.
Harvey T. Spoonhunter is a proud member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Harvey was a tribal leader serving on the Tribal Business Council for over a decade and has worked for the Arapaho tribe for over 40 years in various capacities. He has received various accolades and an honorary degree in the field of language revitalization. At an early age, Harvey learned from his uncles and elders a wide variety of traditional art forms and techniques but has also worked with other contemporary mediums such as oil and acrylic paint. Harvey comes from a family of tribal leaders, traditional and native american dancers. He is currently a member of the Wind River Dance group that travels throughout Indian Country to share their culture and traditions through dance and storytelling. Harvey enjoys traveling the pow-wow circuit with friends and family to celebrate dance and life.
Randy L. Barton
Randy L Barton (Dine’) is a multi-disciplined, contemporary artist, designer, dancer, DJ, and music producer from Winslow, AZ best known for his visionary abstract paintings, live painting performances, and innovative style. The foundation of his creations derives from the unique combination of his background in hip hop, graffiti art, and the traditional Navajo teachings and ceremonies that began shaping his life at an early age.
Randy began focussing on art as a profession in 2001 after receiving a degree in graphic design and began painting professionally in 2007. He showcases the beauty way, protection way, and hip hop undertones in all of his work and is inspired by colors and hues of heightened states of awareness. He transforms acrylic and aerosol paint into stimulating abstract landscapes of time travel, rainbow walking, prayer, reflection, and soul remembrance manifested from the spirit realm. Each brush stroke is a prayer and moving meditation of creation from spirit to canvas. His intention is to uplift one’s spirit to new dimensions of spirituality utilizing Neo-contemporary native arts as the vehicle to promote healing and consciousness. He currently works and resides in Los Angeles, California and maintains a warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona, and owns a gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.