NATIVE WOMEN ARTIST ACCELERATORS

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ONABEN’s accelerator programs provide culturally appropriate training and assistance to Native women artisans. Those services aim to accelerate the growth and success of Native-owned businesses. Through our accelerator initiatives, we help participants grow their audience and build their entrepreneurial skills.

Specific accelerators so far have included the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation.

Authentically Cherokee

By honoring indigenous tradition through their own modern artistic perspectives, the Authentically Cherokee artists serve as important culture carriers in their community. The result of their unique vision is an embracement of the past with an eye toward the future, and an opportunity to bring authentic Native American culture to new generations to be honored and appreciated.

 

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Tamánwit

Tamánwit, a Community of Warm Springs Artists, is a community-based organization whose mission is to facilitate economic opportunity for Warm Springs Indian Reservation artists, provide educational opportunities for aspiring Native artists, and to increase knowledge and understanding of the tribal arts and crafts of the Columbia River Plateau. Tamánwit, with the assistance of the Warm Springs Community Action Team and ONABEN, is working towards establishing itself as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

 

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Michael Bridges

Michael Bridges

Michael is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the Cherokee Nation. With 10 years of service as an Infantryman, Michael implements the core values of integrity, honor, and selfless service into his leadership of the company. With over 20 years of experience, Michael began working with building websites and graphic design in 1998. A family-oriented man, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Kristina and their three children. He is a proud and active member of Jenks Lodge #497 A.F. & A.M. and an advisor for the Order of DeMolay.