Join us in welcoming our three 2021 summer interns! Ethan Kim and Carter Smallcanyon are two high school students who will bring their own skills and unique perspective to the creation of animation-based graphic pages based on themes and prompts originating in our historic content and the many stories related to the people and landscape of the desert Southwest. Leon Cruz is our Masters intern from USC who works in animation and many other digital storytelling mediums. He brings his expertise and his own relationship to the Southwest to guide Ethan and Carter over the next 8 weeks. We are looking forward to showing you the outcome of our collaboration at the end of August. Keep scrolling to learn more about each of our interns…
Hi, I’m Carter Smallcanyon and I am a Navajo Indian. I am a result oriented person, and enjoy working on projects that I can see a result in. I also enjoy sharing experiences and stories, which is why I enjoy making art in various different forms. Essentially I really enjoy being able to share things with people, whether it be an experience like VR, a culture with my friends, or sharing something like a beaded bracelet that I made. I can’t wait to make something great with the Onward Project.
Hi, I am Ethan Kim and I’m a second generation Korean American who currently resides in Palo Alto (California) and am a rising junior at Henry M. Gunn High, but will be attending Foothill Middle College for my last two years. Starting at a very young age, I’ve always appreciated and loved art and learning about different cultures and their unique stories, so I hope to major in Art History, Art, or Anthropology when I attend college. During my free time, I enjoy rowing competitively at NorCal Crew, serving as an Eagle Scout at Scouts BSA and growing bonsai trees.
My name is Leon Cruz, a recent graduate from the University of Southern California’s Digital Arts and Animation Program. I specialize in 3D animation, motion capture and also have a fine arts background in painting, drawing and sculpting. I really like helping, being technical plus creative, especially while trying to tell a story dynamically with moving images, characters and of course animation.
Jeanne Salt is the daughter of the Navajo guide and translator for RBMVExpedition, Max Littlesalt, and is aunt to Lithuania Denetso. She has been a long-time collaborator with The ONWARD Project, hosting us and sharing her art and stories. Growing up Jeanne lived in the canyon lands of the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona in […]
Hello I’m Dominic East Hopi artist from the village of walpi belonging to the corn clan. I’ve been an artist all my life starting from child to now. Art has always been a passion of mine as I grew up in a family of Hopi kachina doll carvers. From the youngest age I can remember […]
I started creating Art at a very young age. I remember always drawing as a young kid. Watching my great uncle Dalton painting and drawing. Then also watching my dad and grand father carving kachina dolls. I think I always wanted to sell my art work. I thought about this going to art shows with […]
Join us in welcoming our three 2021 summer interns! Ethan Kim and Carter Smallcanyon are two high school students who will bring their own skills and unique perspective to the creation of animation-based graphic pages based on themes and prompts originating in our historic content and the many stories related to the people and landscape […]
I am a Diné multimedia documentarian from the Navajo Reservation. My art documents people, cultures and environments through still images, short film, video poems and essays in a unique, and distinctive creative style of digital storytelling. I utilize different media to tell Native American stories in the multifaceted ways they deserve to be told, in […]
We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest Spotlight… Corey Smallcanyon. He is an independent historian and genealogist who focuses on Native American research. Much of his work deals with the Navajo history, land, and its people. He is of the Navajo Nation coming from the Gallup, New Mexico area. He currently resides in Utah. […]
In our newest series, Native Artist Spotlight, we highlight Native American artists, writers, filmmakers, and historians from all over the U.S. These artists will share their stories and knowledge through their preferred medium and through their own lens. As a resource for Native American history and education, The ONWARD Project is dedicated to amplifying Native […]
An Examination of the Legacy and Archives of the RBMVExpedition A note from Artist Hans Baumann… This project is the culmination of an approximately 18-month period in 2019 and 2020 studying the archives of the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition (RBMVE). The project is structured around my interactions with this data and places in the present […]
Visit the Stories Website now at: https://stories.onwardproject.org/#/ The ONWARD Project Stories Website is a tool developed to help identify and gather stories connected to people in photographs related to the historic 1930’s Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition (RBMVE). After countless requests from different communities and individuals, The ONWARD Project has created a website that gives public access […]