Meet the artists

Paige Pettibon

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 

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.

Sarah Folden

Sarah Folden is a Contemporary Coast Salish artist and a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. She uses multiple mediums, including block carved printmaking, pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic painting, and graphic design. Sarah advocates for creative artists through her board position at Whipsmart, teaches art to Native youth, and uses her artwork to support social and climate causes in her community. She is also an emotional wellness coach based out of Olympia. Sarah’s art is inspired by her love for her child, who is a Two-Spirit member of the Cowlitz tribe, her people, and especially her connection to the place.

Evan Benally Atwood

Evan Benally Atwood is an Indigiqueer Diné/Navajo creative, filmmaker and photographer who identifies as Nádleehi, a Diné term akin to Two-Spirit. Evan is Tangle Clan, born for the Mexican Clan and is English, Welsh, Irish and French. Evan documents stories through their art and uses it as a platform to uplift and empower marginalized voices.

Shawn Brigman 

Shawn Brigman is the founder of Salishan Sturgeon Nose Canoes (est. 2013), a Native-owned canoe sculpting business in Spokane. He recovers traditional bark sturgeon-nose canoes as well as designs a contemporary canoe interpretation with a frame assemblage and skin-attachment method known as a Salishan Sturgeon Nose Canoe. Since 2005, Shawn has practiced project-based ancestral recovery, which involves connecting Indigenous communities to sources of Indigenous knowledge. Through his work, Shawn hopes to increase canoe culture and visibility among Two-Spirit people in Washington. Shawn is a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and a descendent of Salish Plateau Bands.

Jeff Ferguson

Jeff Ferguson is a photographer and videographer in Spokane and a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. As an artist, Jeff is inspired by both urban and rural parts of the Inland Northwest as well as his Native heritage. Taking inspiration from other great photographers, he is passionate about nature and landscape photography and achieving cultural preservation through his work.

Mark Ramos

Mark Ramos is a 70% disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard. He is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a descendent of the Spokane, Colville, Flathead and Turtle Mountain Chippewa Cree tribes. As a traditional dancer, he has performed in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. Beading helps him to stay balanced in his heart and mind. As a person with depression, he aims to help others experiencing mental health issues.

Roger Fernandes 

Roger Fernandes is a Native American storyteller, artist and educator. His work focuses on the cultural traditions of the Coast Salish tribes of Western Washington. He is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribe and has a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies from The Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in whole systems design from Antioch University. He has been creating Coast Salish art for over 40 years and been an active storyteller for over 30. He has worked in Native education and culture since 1974 as a home-school liaison, program director, curriculum developer, and a teacher in high schools and colleges. Roger describes his work as a visual artist, traditional storyteller, and educator as being akin to weaving a basket — he weaves together diverse materials to create a harmonious whole. He teaches classes on Coast Salish art, traditional storytelling, and philosophy at universities and colleges including the University of Washington, Highline College, Seattle Central College and the Northwest Indian College.