Stories

Holiday Artists

First Nations is honored to feature the art of James Madison and Tammy Jo Art on our 2020/2021 holiday greetings.

New Year Card Artist: James Madison

About “Winter Moon”
The moon represents the Snoqualmie people. The wolf represents protection, wisdom, and warriors. The wolf protects the family and provides for the family. Winter is the time for creation, survival, and family time.

About James Madison

James R. Madison is a Coast Salish Native artist and a member of the Tulalip Tribes (Snohomish/Tlingit). He was born in December 1973 and lives in Tulalip, Washington. His carving and teachings started long ago, at the age of eight. Learning from his grandfather, father and uncle, sparked more than an interest to want to learn more. James studied at the University of Washington and received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2000. He is known for his traditional, yet modern artwork and works with a wide range of mediums. These include glass, wood, bronze and stainless steel. “I create art with an open mind in the sense that I am always thinking of new ways to add a modern twist to a traditional piece. This allows for me to help to keep my culture alive. As we move in the future, so does the teachings of my ancestors.”

 

Holiday Card Artist: Tammy Joy Art

 

Le makho’ouŋčhaǧe kiŋ wičhahuŋkake wowaki’šake tȟáwapi kiŋ uŋ suta glus yuha uŋkinaziŋ pi kte hečel iyokpiya wowašté uŋyuhapi kte

“During this season, through the resilience of our ancestors, we stand strong with those teachings so that we will have happy blessings.”

Lakota Language — translated by Paulette High Elk, Wičháȟpi Kiŋyáŋ Wiŋ (Flying Star Woman), Howožu, Oohenunpa, and Itazipcho Elder on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Paulette is a first language speaker who has been a Lakota language instructor for over 25 years.

“Dashing Through the Snow” by Tammy Joy Art
This piece illustrates the strength and adversity of the people of Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires).The winter is a time of creation and resilience for the People of the Plains. “Our winters are brutal and hard, but this is our homeland and we draw our strength from it. As Pte Oyate we stand strong against the storm, against the wind, against our trials and tribulations. We don’t run away or hide. We face it head on. We ‘Dash Through the Snow,’” notes Joy.

Tammy Joy Granados (Cheyenne River Sioux)
From the Itazipco and Hunkpapa bands of the Lakota/Dakota people, Tammy Joy Granados believes everyone needs an avenue for self-expression. Known professionally as “Tammy Joy Art,” the Cheyenne River Sioux artist honed her style through years of practicing at home, experimenting with different mediums and styles, primarily acrylic paint, graffiti and street art, and paper. Her paintings are described as expressionistic, and she draws inspiration from cultural components and storytelling, various subjects and objects that have great meaning to her, and her three young children who inspire her daily.