2018 Native Creative Development Program Grant Recipients

The Native Creative Development Program™ awarded by the Evergreen Longhouse helps Native artists purchase the resources they need for individual artistic development. Artists propose a project that can be completed in one year. The Longhouse advisory board comprised of Native artists and scholars select the recipients for each year.

Grant Winners

Black and white boat photography

Shawn Brigman


Shawn will be expanding his capacity as a canoe maker by researching and exploring the carving of traditional interior Plateau dugout canoes. He will be carving a ½ scale dugout canoe so as to immerse in the principles and techniques of dugout canoe carving.

Native wooden painted mask art

Vickie Era-Pancretz


Vickie will invite Hanna Sholl from Kodiak to teach dance regalia, masks and stories for up to 12 Alutiiq artists to create traditional dance regalia and masks.

Reflective metal cut art

Vickie Harlen & Joe Feddersen


Siblings Vickie Harlen and Joe Feddersen will purchase a programmable plasma cutter to create metal work art designs that reflect Plateau iconography present in their works as weavers and exhibitions in print and glass.

Artist Sammy with large woodcut design

Sammy Grant

Upper Skagit

Sammy’s goal is to have a fully functioning art studio where he can create his work and also work with community members that are interested in carving and bentwood box making. His hope to have a positive outcome in reviving native artists in his community.

Long house exterior glass art window

Bunni Haitwas-Peterson


Bunni will be working with other Twana artists to teach a series of workshops to the River Road Canoe family that concentrate on regalia, drums, and other artworks for the 2019 Canoe Journey.

Artist at work on easel

Mitchell McCabe

Gros Ventre

Purchase supplies to complete a new series of paintings for September 2019 Misssoula First Friday Art Walk and invest in his artistic promotional materials

Colorful sewn moccasins

Morning Star Means

Okanagan Band-Colville

To work with multiple Native communities in moccasin making classes from tanning hide to finished moccasins.

Glowing glass art

Lillian Pitt

Warm Springs/Wasco

Lillian will continue making glass works with Dan Friday. Her goal is to create 7 or 8 smaller vessels to compliment the larger works she and Dan made in 2017.

woven art

Ashley Russell

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

Ashley will work to bring the foundation of her weaving skills to the next level, further develop her artist portfolio, and gain teaching experience by extending her apprenticeship with Sara Siestreem (Coos Master Artist and Educator) over the course of 2019.

Joe Seymour

Squaxin Island, Acoma

Joe will be weaving Coast Salish blankets with his family’s traditional Acoma pottery designs on them. A long time wish, Joe sees the project combining his two cultures. He says “I have the Salish Sea in my blood and the New Mexico desert in my bones.”

Wood carved art piece

Travis Stewart

Grand Ronde

Travis will build a larger workshop and classroom space to make his large scale works and to further develop traditional design of Columbia River and Willamette Valley peoples with other artists.

Woven basket art

Jacinthe TwoBulls


Jacinthe will create a collection of cooking baskets in spruce root in the traditional Haida style of weaving. She will include harvesting of spruce root on Haida Gwaii. She will create several works including a clam basket, food mat, drinking cup and boiling basket.