Meet the artists
Paige Pettibon is a Tacoma artist whose main medium is acrylic painting, but she also creates fiber art, beadwork and other work. Paige is black, white and Salish (from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes). Paige says she is influenced by the Lushootseed language, tribal songs, dances and traditions.
Chad Yellowjohn comes from Shoshone-Bannock/Spokane ancestral line. Raised near Usk, he didn’t speak as a young child and used illustration to express himself. Now he uses art to spread inspiration and awareness of the issues that Indigenous people face. Chad is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Sheldon Pierre Louis
Sheldon Pierre Louis is a member of the Syilx people of the Okanagan Nation and a multidisciplinary artist. Sheldon says his ancestral roots have influenced his works in painting, drawing, carving and sculpting. Sheldon has curated and shown his work in exhibitions throughout the region, and his murals appear in tribal and other communities. Sheldon also serves as a mentor, sharing the knowledge passed down to him to lift up young artists.
Sandra Warriors Pistol Bullet
Sandra Warriors-Pistolbullet is a member of the Confederated Tribes, from the Wenatchi, Okanogan and Nez Perce bands. They are also Dine, from BitterWater and Watersedge clans. Sandra has lived all their life on the Colville Reservation, where they work in a variety of mediums, including tattoo, beadwork, acrylic and digital art. Their work is centered around Plateau culture. “My goal as an artist is to be expand what Plateau-style art can be and to define it through more contemporary, pop art lens,” Sandra says.
Counting Coup Media
Counting Coup Media, a Native-owned multimedia company in Spokane, created the animated videos based on the artists’ work. The Counting Coup team also shot and edited the live videos and photography and produced the radio spots featured in the “We All Make Us All Strong” campaign — also working as directors, the casting team, location scouts and creative partners. The campaign videos, photos and radio spots all feature Native people who live in Washington state.