Meet the artists
Counting Coup Media
Counting Coup Media, A Native-owned multimedia company in Spokane, created the animation based on the artists’ work. Counting Coup also did the videography and editing work on the campaign’s live-action spots, which feature tribal members living throughout Washington state.
Paige Pettibon is a Tacoma artist whose main medium is acrylic painting, but she also creates fiber art, beadwork and work in other media. 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 in Ione, 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 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 state, and his murals appear in tribal and other communities in the region. Sheldon also serves as a mentor, sharing the knowledge passed down to him to lift up young artists.
Sandra Warriors Pistol Bullet
Sandra Warriors Pistol Bullet is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, descended from the Nez Perce, Okanogan and Wenatchee bands.
We keep our people whole.
Every story we tell. Every laugh we share. Every meal. Every paddle, every dance, every weave and cut down the court. Our Native identities and cultures, the values and traditions we share, make us who we are. Our connection — that’s what makes us strong.