Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. She is an award winning artist and writer. She is the co-editor of Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World, and Drink of the Winds, Let the Water Flow Free. She has performed with Illusion Theater, the American History Theater, and Pangea World Theater. Her Poetry has been included in numerous anthologies including the St. Paul Almanac, Indigenous Women's Network and others. As an environmental activist, she has walked the length of the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, Seneca Lake, Potomac & James Rivers, the St. Louis River, the Minnesota River, the Missouri River and the 4 Directions Water Walk from Gulf Port, Mississippi to Lake Superior. In 1990, she created the Ogitchidag Gikinooamaagad Youth Theater project now known as the Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble for the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. This youth theater ensemble has performed 9 original plays on the health topics of HIV/AIDS, Tobacco Abuse, Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Abuse and Historical Trauma.
Marcie Rendon, citizen of the White Earth Nation. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) is currently available with the second in the series, Girl Gone Missing, soon to follow. Two of her children’s books are Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). With four published plays she is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Wiijiiwaaganag – friends… at Patrick’s Cabaret, Anything but Englishshow, April 20-18. She is a recipient of the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez. Additionally, her poem Wiigwaasabak was awarded a place in the St. Paul Almanac’s Impressions Project Summer 2017.
Elizabeth Day (Ojibwe) is a filmmaker from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born on the Leech Lake Reservation and raised in the Twin Cities area, Day blends her Native American heritage with her urban upbringing to create films that employ traditional Ojibwe-style storytelling while using contemporary filmmaking techniques. Her work often explores the tension between traditional Native teachings and the life of a modern, urban Indian. Her filmmaking as called Elizabeth to work in the urban Indian community as a Community Organizer at the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI).
Heid E. Erdrich is author of five poetry collections and a book of Indigenous food writing. Her most recent book is New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Heid teaches in the low-residency MFA program of Augsburg University. She performs her poetry across the country, sometimes collaborating with musicians, visual artists, and dancers. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.
Rhiana Yazzie (Navajo)
Rosy Simas is Seneca, Heron clan. Rosy is the director of Rosy Simas Danse based in Minneapolis. Her choreographic works include Skin(s), which completed its tour recently at the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth. Her recent solo performance, We Wait In The Darkness, a dance about her Seneca grandmother’s life, toured throughout North America. Rosy is a Guggenheim, McKnight, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and First Peoples Fund Fellow. And received a Joyce Award for her upcoming work Weave. After Weave Rosy is a visual art show with collaborator, Heid E. Erdrich, at SooVAC in Minneapolis in May 2019.
Ananya Chatterjea is a choreographer, dancer, and thinker whose work brings together contemporary Indian dance and social justice choreography. She is Artistic Director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a Twin Cities-based professional dance company of women artists of color. Ananya is Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches Dance Studies and technique. She is currently writing her second book, Heat, contestations in line, about re-framing understandings of Contemporary Dance from the perspective of dance-makers from south-south locations.