David Boxley Tsimshian Northwest Coast Artist

David Boxley Receives a Prestigious 2012 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award Fellowship

First Peoples Fund announced artists from six states who will receive a prestigious 2012 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award fellowship. Each year, the national organization honors and celebrates exceptional American Indian artists who embody Collective Spirit that which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community¨. Each honoree is recognized with a $5,000 no-strings-attached fellowship. First Peoples Funds President, Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota) explains that honorees are chosen not only for artistic excellence but for exemplifying indigenous values of generosity, wisdom, respect, integrity, strength, fortitude and humility. Each artist exemplifies Collective SpiritR which moves each one of us to stand up and make a difference, to pass on the ancestral knowledge, or simply extend a hand of generosity" she said.

This years 2012 honorees are: Read the First Peoples Fund Press release PDF

Duane Goodwin from Bemidji, MN (Anishinaabe) Sculptor
Elizabeth Jaakola from Cloquet, MN (Anishinaabe) Music/Voice/Composition/Performance
G. Peter Jemison from Victor, N.Y. (Seneca)Fine Art Painting, Mixed Media
Jackie Parsons from Browning, MT (Blackfeet)Traditional Arts
David Boxley from Kingston, WA (Tsimshian) Visual Arts
Charlie Hill from Oneida, WI (Oneida) Stand Up Comedian, Spoken Word

Honorees were nominated for the national award by members of their own tribes and were selected by an independent panel of American Indian cultural leaders. This year's panel of reviewers included: Shannon Martin (Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians), Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta/Taos Pueblo) and Darrel Norman (Blackfeet).

Over the past 13 years, First Peoples Fund has recognized a total of 59 Community Spirit Award honorees representing 43 tribal nations.

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