Adolf Hungry Wolf was born Adolf Gutohrle in in southern Germany in 1944 to a Swiss father and a Hungarian mother. At age ten he moved with his parents to California. With earnings from his paper route, he bought a plot of land in the mountains and began listening to the stories of an elderly Indian couple. Pondering a law career, he traveled as a young man to the annual North American Indian Says celebration. There he met White Calf and became engrossed with the Blackfeet land and people. White Calf eventually gave Adolf his first ceremonial initiations.
Adolf Hungry Wolf did not simply study the Blackfoot peoples. He lived among them for decades, married into the Hungry Wolf clan and raised his family according to Blackfoot traditions. He came to receive the respect and admiration of many of the tribal elders for his self-sacrifice and devotion to preserving their history and way of life.
Today Adolf Hungry Wolf lives in British Columbia on 320 wilderness acres. He lives without electricity or running water. He writes on a manual typewriter and at night by the light of kerosene lamps.
He is the author of Tribal Childhood, The Tipi, Traditional Dress, Legends Told by the Old People of Many Tribes, Pow-Wow Dancer’s and Craftworker’s Handbook, Mountain Home, Children of the Circle, and Teachings of Nature. He co-authored Indian Tribes of the Northern Rockies and Blackfoot Craftworker’s Book with Beverly Hungry Wolf.
Award-winning writer and filmmaker Gary Robinson (Choctaw/ Cherokee) has participated in the production of more than 100 educational, informational, training, and documentary television projects, primarily on Native American topics.
Robinson recently was awarded the Best Animation award for his short film We Are All Related at the 40th Annual American Indian Film Festival hosted by the American Indian Film Institute in San Francisco, California Nov 14, 2015. Robinson was the Writer, Producer, and Director of the film.
He is the author of seven PathFinders novels: Thunder on the Plains, Tribal Journey, Son Who Returns, Little Brother of War, and the Billy Buckhorn Trilogy: Abnormal, Paranormal, and Supranormal.
Other titles include: From Warriors to Soldiers, The Language of Victory, and Powerful Medicine (Geronimo Jones Mysteries Book 1. He also co-authored with Jesse t. Hummingbird Native American Twelve Days of Christmas and Native American Night Before Christmas. Gary lives in rural central California.
The short film "We Are All Related" by Gary Robinson won an award for Best Animation at this year's American Indian Film Festival held in San Francisco, CA. The film is available for viewing on the NativeFlix website: www.nativeflix.com.
Jesse T. Hummingbird, 3/4 Cherokee and tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, was born in 1952 in Tahlequah, OK. This Cherokee artist has won awards for his paintings at major shows across the country. He most recently won the best of division for painting at the Heard Museum Indian Market; second place in painting at the SW Arts Festival in Indio, CA.
In 1996 he was named artist of the year by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association and received a fellowship from SWAIA that same year. Jesse was featured in an article in the 1999 fall issue of Native Artist magazine. Interviews and his images have been featured in several published books.
Jesse paints in the traditional flat style of the Oklahoma Natives with acrylic on canvas for his bright contemporary original paintings. His subjects are without modeling or contour, have no shadows or shading of color, but have in lining of all colors.
The geometric faces in his paintings are an outgrowth of his popular mixed media masks.
Books by Jesse and Sandy Hummingbird include Native American Ledger Art Coloring Book, Cherokee Masks, Cherokee Clothing Activity Book, Pow Wow ABC Coloring Book, and the Powwow Activity Book.
Kelly Fournel is a writer and editor living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her father’s family is Manitoba Métis (Cree and French Canadian-their Cree surname is Star) and her great-grandfather was a middleman for the Hudson’s Bay Company. She currently works for the Director of the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library and enjoys life with her husband and their beloved fat cat. Native Women of Courage is her first book.
Stan Padilla honors his Yaqui ancestors. He is immersed in traditional native learning and lifeways. Stan is a multi-media artist, educator and social activist who’s disciplines include drawing, painting, and silversmithing.
For many years he has worked to promote multi-cultural and cross-cultural exchange between people. He is currently an arts coordinator for a Chicano and Native American gallery in Northern California.
Stan’s books grow out of his interest in transmitting traditional Native American knowledge to young people. He maintains an art studio in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northeastern California.
He is the author of Deer Dancer, Yaqui Coloring Book, A Natural Education, Dream Feather, and Song of the Seven Herbs.
Ray Fadden was a teacher and influential figure among the Mohawks of Akwesasne. He passed away in November 2008, at the age of 98.
In 1930, Ray Fadden, became one of the first teachers at the St. Regis Mohawk School in Hogansburg. Ray grew up in the Adirondack Mountains. He was passionate about his love for all things Indian, being part Mohawk himself, and spent many years learning all he could about the Mohawk culture and history both from books and from elders he met throughout the Iroquois Confederacy.
Ray published a series of articles that detailed the many contributions the North American Indian had made to modern civilization, ranging from technological innovations to foodstuffs and even democratic traditions. This was unprecedented in a time when the outside world viewed the Indian as little more than a Stone Age savage who must abandon his culture if he is to survive in the modern world. Ray fought against this negative characterization by mobilizing his students as the “Akwesasne Mohawk Counselor Organization,” a club that traveled all over the Northeast visiting Indian historic sites, camping out, learning as much as they could about Indian craft and lore, and then turning around and sharing what they learned with the children they encountered. Ray also published numerous pamphlets and posters about Indian culture that are still in print today.
Ray Fadden’s energy and enthusiasm were inspirational. The Mohawk people went on to establish Akwesasne Notes, the White Roots of Peace, the North American Indian Traveling College, the Akwesasne Museum, the Akwesasne Freedom School, CKON Radio, and other community-driven efforts, all motivated by a passionate pride in our traditional way of life that Ray Fadden helped to foster.
Many years ago, the Mohawk Nation adopted him into the Mohawk wolf clan and gave him the name Tehanetorens, which has been translated as “He Walks through the Pines.” After retiring as a schoolteacher, he established the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota where he continued to educate anyone who would listen about the amazing heritage of the Haudenosaunee people. With his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren by his side, Ray became something of a living legend in the Adirondacks, was an environmentalist long before its time. He spent his golden years doing what he love to do, feeding the many birds and animals that shared the mountains with him, and occasionally entertaining visitors to the museum with stories about the Iroquois.
His books include Sacred Song of the Hermit Thrush, Legends of the Iroquois, Wampum Belts of the Iroquois,and Roots of the Iroquois.
Vincent Schilling (St. Regis Mohawk),an award-winning author and a freelance photo-journalist,lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Delores. Together, they have traveled all over the country.
Vincent is a correspondent for Indian Country Today, a leading Native American news publication. He also has a column for Inside Business, a Hampton roads business magazine and has contributed to local and national publications such as Tribal College Journal, Arthritis Today, Children's Digest, The Virginian-Pilot and Tidewater Parent.
Warren Jefferson is a research writer, photographer, and graphic designer for Book Publishing Co. Warren and his wife Barbara have four children and, are founding members of an intentional community called The Farm, dedicated to ecology, vegetarianism, natural childbirth, and nonviolence in Summertown, Tennessee. He has been a vegetarian since 1968.
Warren has been interested in Native American culture since first reading "Black Elk Speaks" in the 60s. His first book "The World of Chief Seattle," is an historical account of Chief Seattle’s people the Suquamish from pre-contact time to the present and includes the Suquamish authorized version of Chief Seattle’s speech. The book was written in cooperation with the Suquamish tribe and they receive a portion of the royalties.
Warren's latest book titled "Reincarnation Beliefs of North American Indians: Soul Journeys, Metamorphoses, and Near Death Experiences" is an in depth look at a belief system about which very little has been written. Reincarnation beliefs are found not only in India but in most small scale tribal societies throughout the world, including many Native societies in North America. Learn about a Winnebago shaman’s initiation, the Cherokees’ Orpheus Myth, the Hopi account of “A Journey to the Skeleton House,” the Inuit story of a man who lived the lives of all animals, the Ghost Dance, and other fascinating accounts. This book is illustrated with 45 black and white photographs of Native People.
His book "Colloidal Silver Today," offers the latest findings and research on the low-tech alternative germ killer called colloidal silver. It includes instructions for building a low-cost generator to produce colloidal silver at home for pennies an ounce.
Warren's top selling book "The Neti Pot for Better Health" gives all the information needed to use this simple and traditional personal health care process to relieve allergies and sinus problems.