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Ty Defoe Writer, Artist and Educator

Biography

Ty Defoe is a Native American performer and educator from the Oneida/Ojibwe Nations of Wisconsin. He performed in Stony Brook University’s first Native American Heritage Awareness Program in 2016, which highlighted the diverse, rich history and culture of Native Americans and contemporary issues facing Native people today. Ty is a two-spirit trans-activist, writer, and musician, known for his cultural education and hoop and shape-shifting eagle dancing. His multidisciplinary work explores the structure, function, and mutability of identities. Ty is a Dramatist Guild member and a mentor at the Alaskan Cultural Heritage Center Playwright Initiative. He won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs and other notable awards from the Indigenous Heritage Festival, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Johnny Mercer Foundation, and CAP21. He travels across the United States, leading educational workshops and raising awareness on themes ranging from American Indian history, ethnomusicology, food security, and climate change.

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