Welcome to the First Nations Entertainment Issue (read below), featuring actress and businesswoman Jessica Matten on the cover. Also featured in the issue are Kaniehtiio Horn, Tamara Podemski, The Halluci Nation, and others.
First Nations actress and businesswoman Jessica Matten (Metis Red River Cree) understands the importance of accurately portraying Native people in entertainment and the power it has for the community, especially the youth. Through all of her work, on and off-screen, Jessica’s actively contributing to the creation of spaces and representation for other Native and First Nations actors and talents, making her the bad*ass superhero Native woman she strives to be.
This summer, Kanienkehaka actress and producer Kaniehtiio Horn is the new baddie wreaking havoc in the Peacock comedy Rutherford Falls and “f*cking shit up” as Deer Lady in season 2 of Reservation Dogs. We catch up with Kaniehtiio about her flourishing career and how she’s proudly using her name in full without shortening it.
You’re not hallucinating. Bear Witness and Tim “2oolman” Hill of A Tribe Called Red reintroduced themselves as The Halluci Nation, which reflects the evolution of their music and mission. We catch up with Bear Witness and 2oolman in the middle of their tour to talk about their growth, what they’ve done during the pandemic, and the story behind their most recent album, One More Saturday Night.
Last month, Tamara spoke to Native Max about her experience on Outer Range, working alongside younger up-and-coming actors, and how she remains true to herself and her community while shutting out the noise.
Lastly, Native Max writer Savignon Swimmer talks with Indigenous designer Sheila Tucker on her work being featured in Times Square and Storyboot artist Jamie Gentry about balancing her regular orders along with an ambitious collection of beaded moccasins.
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