thirsty (for knowledge) thursday

Native Artist Sings to Strengthen Her People - Thirsty (for Knowledge) Thursday

Radmilla Cody performs her poem "Spirit of a Woman" and the song "Beautiful Dawn." She is an award-winning Native American recording artist, international performer, former Miss Navajo Nation, and Founder of the "Strong Spirit: Life is Beautiful Not Abusive" campaign, which brings awareness to teen dating violence.

Navajo Water Lady - Thirsty (for Knowledge) Thursday

In this corner of the Navajo Nation, just 100 miles west of Albuquerque, N.M., an estimated 40 percent of residents don't have access to running water. Their savior is Darlene Arviso, born and raised on the Reservation, who drives her precious cargo - a tanker truck filled with water - to make monthly deliveries to 250 families. Lee Cowan reports.

Painting a Path to Reconciliation - Thirsty (for Knowledge) Thursday

As an artist, Lisa invokes the Indigenous tradition of image making to disseminate knowledge through generations. For thousands of years, images were used to impart knowledge of tradition, law and ceremony. Visual communication continues to play an important role in Indigenous cultures. Lisa utilizes this artistic medium to understand and assert Indigenous worldviews, which promotes individual and community learning. Lisa reflects upon her personal experience of cultural displacement by confronting the Indian Residential School System, and the Sixties Scoop. She shares her story of healing through cultural reclamation.

Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation in Northwest Territories. She is an interdisciplinary artist and a bioethics specialist at University of Toronto. Lisa uses digital painting and image-based storytelling to bridge gaps between bioethics and aspects of Indigenous cultures and worldviews. Her academic focuses are: arts-based medical discourse, informed consent, cultural safety and cultural reclamation. Lisa confronts the clinical/colonial gaze of the Indigenous patient while illuminating the resilience of Indigenous peoples. Lisa strives to humanize clinical medicine through image-based storytelling as she situates her art in the Indigenous continuum of passing knowledge through images.

We are Not a Statistic - Thirsty (for Knowledge) Thursday

Elyssa walks us through the most commonly told statistics that often are used to define Native American communities, and describes her personal experiences that bring the statistics to life. Through her open and honest storytelling, Elyssa shares a message for Native Youth and the world that is full of hope and promise for the future generations. She brought the TEDx audience to its feet with a standing ovation.

Elyssa (Sierra) Concha is Lakota, Ojibwa and Taos Pueblo. She is currently in her fourth year at Black Hills State University, majoring in education.

Turning Failure Into Success - Thirsty (for Knowledge) Thursday

Tara, a strong Oglala Lakota woman, reflects on the path that she forged to build a life for herself and her family. Tara speaks of Native American history, the challenges of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and most of all, the power of Resilience.

Tara Rose Weston is a self-taught portrait and lifestyle photographer, and award-winning filmmaker. She is a team member at Native Max Magazine, a freelance writer and a photographer for Powwows.com. Tara is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; she currently resides in Rapid City.