Indigenous people have historically been erased in several spaces. But in this digital era, that narrative is quickly becoming history. As social media continues to advance, an influx of diverse digital creators are breaking barriers. Indigenous content creators, in particular, are beginning to redefine the word “influencer.” From sharing thoughts, struggles, and cultural lessons to revolutionizing industries such as wellness, beauty, and fashion, Indigenous influencers are shifting the culture.
If you’re looking to diversify your timeline and amplify Indigenous voices, we’ve compiled a list of 8 Indigenous and Native American influencers to support.
Charlie of Diné Aesthetics
From the Navajo Nation, Charlie of Diné Aesthetics is a trans-femme self-care enthusiast, writer, and photographer. Charlie utilizes their Diné Aesthetics blog and accounts across on Instagram and TikTok to inspire joy and advocated for justice for Black, Brown Indigenous,queer and trans folks. The Diné Aesthetics blog consists of a collection of Charlie’s thoughts, reflections, and critiques on what it means to be Diné in the 21st century, navigating a colonized world.
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Sean Snyder and Adrian Stevens
Sean Snyder and Adrian Stevens are a Two-Spirit competitive dance couple based right outside of Las Vegas, NV. Sean is a grass dancer of the Navajo and Southern Ute while Stevens is a fancy dancer of the Northern Ute, Shoshone-Bannock, and San Carlos Apache. The couple has been featured in Vogue, CNN Style, People Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and more to share their experiences breaking barriers in the traditional dance scene as a queer dancing duo.
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Adam Sings In The Timber
Adam Sings In The Timber is an Indigenous photographer and filmmaker based in Montana. A self-proclaimed photojournalist and storyteller, Adam beautifully documents Indigenous peoples in natural elements and showcases his work as a form of empowerment. He’s a proud member of the Apsáalooke, known as the Crow Nation, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Native People’s Magazine, and many more publications.
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19-year-old model Quannah Chasinghorse is redefining the fashion world. The fashion industry often overlooks Indigenous talent but she is changing that narrative as one of the world’ most captivating faces and boldly unique content. Quannah is of Han Gwich’in (Alaska and Canada) and Oglala Lakota (South Dakota) heritage and confidently displays pride in her heritage throughout her portfolio with her native face tattoos (known as Yidįįłtoo) and cultural attire. Appearing at the 2021 Met Gala, she honoured her Indigenous heritage in a striking gold lame gown and authentic Navajo jewellery.
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Shayla Oulette Stonechild
Shayla Oulette Stonechild is decolonizing the wellness industry at the forefront of Indigenous women’s wellness and self-care. As a woman of Muscowpetung First Nation, Treaty 4, an dSaskatchewan, she became the first Indigenous woman to grace the cover of Yoga Magazine in the U.S.and Canada in March 2021. Shayla founded the Matriarch Movement, an non-profit and podcast used to amplify Indigenous women’s voices through story, meditation, movement and medicine. She is also a part of Vancouver’s Diversity and Inclusion committee with Lululemon.
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James Jones aka Notorious Cree
James Jones introduced Indigenous dance to the mainstream in 2020 when he put a twist on the ‘Blinding Lights’ TikTok trend. Dancing in his traditional regalia, wielding hoops around his arms to the pop song by The Weeknd, Jones (aka Notorious Cree) quickly became a viral sensation. He has since garnered over 4 million views and followers across TikTik and Instagram. His performances fuse traditional hoop dancing, a historical storytelling dance in Indigenous communities, with modern breakdancing. Jones is of the Anishinaabe Tallcree First Nation in Alberta, Canada.
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Marika Sila is a fellow hoop dancer, friend, and business partner of previously mentioned James Jones. She has gained a huge following across Instagram and TikTok through her diverse content aimed to empower young Indigenous women. Sila is of the Inuit people and she leverages her platforms to showcase dances, stunts, offer tips for being a good ally, raise awareness about missing Indigenous women, and promote the importance of mental health.
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A director, mother, dancer, activist, and current host of RISE on Viceland, Sarain Fox is an Indigenous storyteller who uses her platform to advocate for the environment and Native culture. Her environmental advocacy bore from her personally deep connection to the land and the role it plays in Indigenous cultures. Fox is Anishinaabe, born in Batchawana First Nation, just outside of Saulte Sainte Marie, Ontario. She is so passionate about empowering Indigenous communities and amplifying young Indigenous voices. Her eclectic and inspiring feed consists of adorable videos of her daughter to snapshots of meetings with Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.8 Indigenous and Native American influencers