IllumiNative Presents Indigenous Futures: Envisioning The Next 100 Years at the Centennial Santa Fe Indian Market

August 20-21: VIP Event Featuring Multimedia Indigenous Art Experience and Conversations from Sierra Teller Ornelas, Jana Schmieding, Amber Midthunder, Jhane Myers, and more.



IllumiNative, the Native woman-led social justice organization dedicated to building power for Native peoples, will be hosting Indigenous Futures: Envisioning The Next 100 Years”, an exclusive event at the Santa Fe Indian Market on August 20-21, 2022. In partnership with Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), featured award-winning Chemehuevi artist Cara Romero, Indigenous fashion brand Urban Native Era, and the Sundance Institute Indigenous ProgramIndigenous Futures will feature panel discussions, a fireside chat, a multimedia Native art experience spotlighting art from 20+ Indigenous artists, and more. 

WHEN: August 20 (12pm-6pm MT) and August 21 (10am-6pm MT)

WHERE:  La Terraza at La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel
 100 East San Francisco Street

 Santa Fe, NM 87501 


Saturday, August 20

  • 12:00pm: Event Opens
  • 12:15-12:30pm: Welcome 
    • Welcome and intro of partners, mission of IllumiNative, and vision for the event
  • 12:30-1:00pm: Fireside Chat with Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet) Producer, and Amber Midthunder (Fort Peck), Actress from Prey
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Gender & Leadership: The Strength of Indigenous Women
    • Panelists: Carla Fredericks (Mandan Hidatsa), CEO, Christensen Fund; Brandi Morin (Cree/Iroquois/French), Journalist, and Author; Kim Peone (Colville Confederated Tribes), Executive Director, SWAIA; and Alicia Ortega (Pojoaque/Santa Clara Pueblos) Co-Director of Strategy & Growth, Native Women Lead; Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee, Athabascan), CEO, Eighth Generation
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Indigenizing TV Present and Future
    • Panelists: Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo) Showrunner/Executive Producer, Rutherford Falls; Jana Schmieding (Mniconjou/Sicangu Lakota) Actor, Writer, and Comedian, Rutherford Falls; Tazbah Chavez (Bishop Paiute/Navajo/San Carlos Apache), Writer, Director, Producer, Reservation Dogs/Rutherford Falls; and Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Actor, Writer, Artist, and Comedian, Rutherford Falls, Reservation Dogs, Echo
  • 4:00-4:30pm: Meet and Greet Artists, Panelists, and IllumiNative 
    • Plus a Brandi Morin book signing at the IllumiNative booth 
  • 4:30-5:30pm: Building Indigenous Power: The Future of Voting and Organizing
    • Panelists: Judith LeBlanc (Caddo), Director, Native Organizers Alliance; Nick Tilsen (Oglala Lakota), CEO, NDN Collective; Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Ojibwe), Partner, Spirit Rock Consulting LLC; and Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), Founder & Executive Director, IllumiNative
  • 6:00pm: Event Closes 

Sunday, August 21

  • 10:00pm: Event Opens
  • 10:00-11:00am: Welcome/Meet IllumiNative
  • 11:00-12:00pm: Climate Justice and Radical Imagination: Indigenous Creativity as Adaptation and Mitigation
    • Panelists: Janene Yazzie (Diné), NDN Collective; Jennifer Muskrat (Jicarilla Apache), Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. Moderator: Jade Begay (Diné/Tesuque Pueblo), NDN Collective
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Indigenizing Film: Present and Future
    • Panelists: Shandiin Tome (Diné), Director, Cinematographer; Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk), Director, Indigenous Program, Sundance Institute; Zahn McClarnon (Rosebud), Actor, Reservation Dogs
  • 1:30-2:00pm: Screening of Long Line of Ladiesshort film by Shandiin Tome (Diné), from Sundance Institute followed by a quick word about the film 
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Livestream of SWAIA Fashion Show 
  • 4:30-5:30pm: The Next 100 Years of Indigenous Art, Culture, Fashion, and Representation
    • Panelists: Barbara Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Master Weaver; Gary Farmer (Cayuga Nation), Actor, musician, Reservation Dogs, Resident Alien; Cara Romero (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe), Featured artist, photographer; and Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache), CEO & Founder, Urban Native Era
  • 6:00pm: Event Closes


  • Featured artist Cara Romero (Chemehuevi); Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo); Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo);  Povi Romero (Pojoaque Pueblo); Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo); Dyani Whitehawk Polk (Sicangu Lakota); Kaa Folwell (Santa Clara Pueblo); Natalie Ball (Klamath/Modoc); Micah Wesley (Mvskoke/Kiowa); Terran Last Gun (Piikani Nation); Leah Mata-Fragua (Northern Chumash); Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy); Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose (Navajo/Southern Ute); Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara-Lakota); George Alexander (Mvskoke); Tony Abeyta (Navajo); Orlando Allison (Hopi); Fawn Douglas (Las Vegas Paiute); Daniel McCoy Jr. (Mvskoke/Citizen Band Potawatomi); River Garza (Tongva); Nani Chacon (Diné); Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw)

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