Misty Ellingburg, Shoalwater Bay/Willapa Nation
Misty is a Shoalwater Bay Indian from Washington coast whose primary interest is tracing old stories and local folklore to their inception and combining historical fact with magical realism. Her work has or will appear in Yellow Medicine Review, Hello Horror, Vine Leaves, Specter Magazine, eFiction Review, the Rain, Party & Disaster Society, the Resurrectionist (back issue), Lingua: Journal of the Arts, Bigfoot Review, 100 Word story, the Rag, and more. Currently, she’s working toward her MFA in Fiction from the University of Idaho, class of 2016.
Jordan Clapper, a Ponca-identified Native from Pennsylvania, received his Bachelor’s with Honors from Penn State University in English Literature with a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies. From there, he navigated all the way to the Pacific Northwest to pursue two Master’s in Creative Writing (Fiction) and English Literature. Jordan has worked with the Women’s Center and LGBTQA Center on campus and has garnered a few fellowships, assistantships, and internships. With eclectic interests all around, he negotiates his Native identity within a number of contexts.
Keven Shipman, Shoalwater Bay/Willapa Nation
M.A., Some Doctoral Work
Keven Shipman is a passionate advocate for Native American rights, and his activism has made him well-known in the Northwest as he pursues justice on behalf of the Indigenous everywhere. Notable activism work has included facilitating the erasure of “Savages” mascot insignia formerly engraved in the bricks at Eastern Washington University, and bringing an influential speaker from the American Indian Activist Movement, to speak in Spokane. Keven has made documentaries highlighting issues in Indian Country, studied abroad in Germany, and influenced Indigenous scholarship.
Find Keven at shoalwaterbaytribe.com.
Erv Schleufer, Coeur d’Alene
Four Winds Official Photographer (seen above in 1975, skydiving).
Erv Schleufer is a photographer by hobby, and has been photographing Northwest powwows for two years. Julyamsh 2013 was the first powwow he shot in infrared with no idea how it would come out. The results were way beyond expectations and they were posted for free on Facebook for all tribal people. By word of mouth and online the word spread and as Erv continued taking photos at powwows, his friends list grew to tribal members from all over the US and Canada. Eventually, he put all these pictures up on a picture sharing site so people could have high resolution photos of themselves and their children. 10 months later, this site has had over 90,000 views and is projected to climb up over 100,000 before the first year is up. His experimental use of infrared and photo-stacking make his photographs truly unique, and his generous heart is known to all in Northwestern powwow circles. In all his time photographing powwows, he has never allowed anyone to pay him for his services, rather, this experiment with infrared photography turned into a positive social service for everyone.
Check out his incredible photo gallery at the link below.