Shaping future leaders through traditional and contemporary Native arts.
SNAG provides Native youth the opportunity to achieve balance and harmony, address historical and modern grievances, and explore and develop leadership and community skills through arts and cultural expression. Through a holistic approach that combines spirituality, tradition and multi-media skills, we aim to shape the next generation of Native leaders.
As a Native organization, we embrace traditional beliefs grounded in the interconnectedness of life and the understanding that illness stems from spiritual imbalance and unhealthy lifestyles. We utilize skits, films, field trips, tours, music, art and culture to engage learning about shared tribal journeys and struggles. With the overarching goal of healing, our youth are taught about the Native boarding schools and tribal relocation their grandparents and parents faced, current land struggles, and how to peacefully take action against the continued racial injustice of Native people though public education, arts creation, dance, video and writing. Our philosophy of the “seventh generation” is based on a Native prophecy of the rising up of Native people to demand their right of stewardship to mend their wounds from the devastation wreaked upon Mother Earth and her people.
Projects: We publish a magazine with art, essays, poetry, photos from young Natives across the Americas; a music CD featuring Native musicians from across the country; public events that draw hundreds of people to see traditional and modern Native culture and art; and three types of multimedia workshops: Seventh Generation Rising for youth 11-18 where they learn history, healing, spirituality, current events and multimedia skills including video filming and editing, music production, photography, writing, screen-printing and design; Audio Media for the youth 19-25 who learn how to make audio collages with the Freedom Archives Alcatraz project; and Rez Eyez, a collaboration with Robinson Rancheria that teaches youth on the reservation photography. We continue to expand our programming to meet demand.
1. We in this generation must leave the world a better place for the next seven generations.
2. SNAG provides Native youth the opportunity to achieve balance and harmony, and explore and develop leadership and community skills.
3. Through a holistic approach that combines spirituality, tradition and multi-media skills, we aim to shape the next generation of Native leaders.