Áyáx yánsanee tłéł áyá yaxooteeyée.át
“Change the things you cannot accept”
Your ancestors never gave up and neither can you.
Now is the time, let us move as one, we are taking back what is ours.
Nahaan’s Indigenous lineage is of the Tlingit, Inupiaq of Alaska and Paiute of California. He focuses exclusively on working within the spirit and design style of the Northwest Coast practices and customs of ceremonial tattooing, wood carving, silver jewlery carving, painting and custom designing of regalia and tattoos. Nahaan emulates the strong visual and oral storytelling that has been handed down from generation to generation, it’s the foundation of his work, way of living and teaching of his cultural traditions. Within the realms of language arts and expression, Nahaan teaches the Tlingit language through traditional clan songs, dances and open community classes. He is the spokesperson for the Náakw Dancers, a group he started in Seattle, Washington in 2014, perpetuate the rich expressions of the Pacific Northwests Native population. Nahaan is also a spoken word poet and co-founded “Woosh Kinaadeiyeí” poetry slam in Juneau, Alaska in 2010 which has since grown into a thriving and creative mainstay in the capitol city. He focuses on the aspects of community empowerment and self mastery through the methods of decolonization indigenization and activism.
Nahaan is available for in-person storytelling, formline design lessons, and tattoo showcase and philosophy, and presents on decolonization and Indigenization. Nahaan also teaches Tlingit language classes with provided curriculum for classrooms. Presentation timeframes are typically 30-minute or 1-hour long.
Náakw (Medicine) is a Tlingit dance group that meets weekly to celebrate ancestry, community empowerment, Indigenous resistance and solidarity with POC. The group was formed in November of 2014 in Seattle, Wa. and includes members of several tribes. The group leader, Nahaan, is of Łingít, Iñupiaq and Paiute ancestry. He teaches the Łingít language and is of the Dakhl’aweidí clan from the Chilkat river area of what is now called South East, Alaska. Náakw looks forward to sharing their medicine in the form of song, dance and inspiring speech with you at your next event.