My background and experience: I am Mexican and was raised navigating between two countries and two cultures. It is this experience that allowed me to connect with the Native American experience in the US.
How my work is different: What makes my work unique is my ability to create an authentic portrayal of native people.
I have worked with Native American organizations in New Mexico and New York for over 12 years, writing and producing award-winning marketing materials for a variety of health-related, social issues, and other projects. Our work has not only been well received by the tribes themselves, but it garnered many marketing and advertising awards in the process.
What made our projects unique was our ability to show native people as they truly are – a happy, well adjusted group of individuals sharing similar experiences as the rest of the country, albeit, both in and out of reservations. Yes there are many differences between our cultures, but there are also many similarities.
Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington DC.