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A Native Youth Shoe Design Workshop


Date: May 20th, 2018, 1:30-5:30pm

Location: Feast Arts Center, 1402 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405

Contact: Asia at or Misha at 253-459-4041


Indigenous youth ages 10-18 can apply by completing this form by May 7th:


Participants will be selected and notified in advance, no drop-ins please!

Project Summary

Tribal Vibes is a free shoe design workshop that will encourage positive self-expression and cultural pride through the arts. 20 Native participants will be recruited through an open application process to ensure a diverse cohort representative of many tribal affiliations and experience levels.

Two professional artists, Roger Fernandes and Sondra Segundo, will lead culturally informed design activities at the event, incorporating traditional knowledge and stories into their teaching. Each workshop participant will walk away with a new pair of shoes decorated to proudly express who they are as contemporary Indigenous people.

Tribal Vibes is being organized by four Indigenous women - Misha Averill, Maggie Sanders, Adriel Starren, and Asia Tail - as part of Native Action Network's 2018 Leadership Cohort.

Mission Statement

To educate and engage Native American youth through a hands-on experience using Native arts, elements, materials, and history to aid self-identity and their relationship to their ancestors and Native American culture.  We would like to bridge the resources and share those who are experts in their craft of American Indian designs to inspire Native American Youth to get engaged.


To inspire Native American Youth to get involved with traditional and contemporary methods of arts and continuing to practice and keep the arts alive, evolutionary, and experimental. 

Purpose Statement

Creating a space for community and Native American youth to engage, practice, and learn about different Native cultural art elements/designs, and practice those designs on contemporary clothing items, specifically shoes.

Roger Fernandes

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist, storyteller and educator whose work focuses on the traditional arts, legends, and teachings of the Coast Salish tribes of the Puget Sound region of Western Washington.  He is a member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribe and has a degree in Native American Studies from the Evergreen State College and a Masters Degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University.  He also studied graphic design at the University of Washington and has focused on learning, creating and teaching Coast Salish art for the past 20 years.  

Sondra Simone Segundo

Sondra comes from the Double Fin Killer Whale Crest, Brown Bear House, and Raven Clan. Her maternal grandparents are Haida from Southeast Alaska. Through them, she has learned to keep their culture alive through music, hearing them speak Kaigani Xaadaas (Alaskan Haida—an almost extinct language), continuing to eat traditional foods, honoring their ancient art form, often visiting their tribal village (Hydaburg), and staying close to their Northwest Coast Native family and community in Seattle where she resides. Sondra is a published author, and teaches Formline Art classes to Native youth throughout the Pacific Northwest.