MEET THE TEAM
Director, Podcast Co-Host
Matika Wilbur belongs to the Swinomish and Tulalip people. She is a full time photographer, filmmaker and writer. In 2012, she sold everything, and hit the road for Project 562. Since then, she has traveled throughout the United States in an effort to tell stories from over 562 Tribes in the United States. Having visited almost 400 sovereign groups in all 50 states, Wilbur has already succeeded in creating a compelling narrative with few true peers in the history of photography. Some people say that Matika’s travels are secretly about helping her to find the best pie in the United States, others say it’s to find a husband. You might spot her crying to RomComs on airplanes, or parking outside your house in her RV.
Adrienne Keene is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and is a writer, Twitter person, and an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. She is the creator and author of Native Appropriations, a blog that discusses representations of Indigenous peoples in popular culture, where she’s been writing scathing take downs of Urban Outfitters since 2010. Her hobbies include watching The Great British Baking Show, embracing her vocal fry, and growing her collection of (authentic) ndn bling until it takes over her entire house.
Desi is a proud bicultural as a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Chicana. In a twist of fate, a California Chicano ended up on the rez and fell in love with her Cheyenne mama. They've been fighting for justice for our peoples ever since. She does her best to honor her ancestors across these colonial borders. Her perfect meal is deer dry meat soup, wild plum pudding, menudo, and a chocolate concha! Her grandmas taught Her that food is love and you can make bomb soup out of anything. Desi is a nomad at heart and have journeyed all around the world learning and growing. She spent a good portion of her adult life in Aotearoa (New Zealand) where she was lucky enough to build a family who continues to look after her. She holds two PhDs and is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA.
Creative Director, Audio Engineering and Production (He Does All The Things)
Teo Shantz grew up on the road, playing percussion throughout the continental U.S. with his musical families ensemble, where he developed his love for all things art and music. He is a partner at Southside Allstars, an Art Directors Collective and full-service prop rental, set building and fabrication shop in Seattle, Washington. He is also the owner and operator of arterySOUND and Clint Clark Creative. For over ten years, Teo has worked as an Art Director, Creative Director, Production Designer, builder and professional percussionist/producer. He has worked with commercial clients like Amazon, Nike, and REI. You might have seen the Production Design he did for the Kesha and Macklemore video Good Old Days, where he in fact, also recorded the percussion. He performs with artists from Andy Narrell to Blitz the Ambassador , locally he’s developed music with Naomi Wachira, Pyramid and Singer Songwriter Otieno Terry. When you ask him what his hobbies include, he says, “My hobbies are my work, it’s all just one life. But I also love boujee coffee, and cooking food for the people I love".
Sales and Marketing Intern
Jamie was raised in the Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene) terrirory and is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. A mom of two beautiful daughters she shifted from a career in the demanding telecom industry to focus on her family's success in their endeavors. On the side, she has pursued her interests such as creative planning and beading jewelry and bringing stories to life via podcasting. As her family's needs balanced out she started a Podcast Management business supporting a variety of clients by blending her sales & marketing, operational and audio editing skills to meet their needs. For the past few years, she has been able to embrace her love of travel and reconnect with those most important to her as a digital nomad touring the west coast in an RV with her family. You'll likely find Jamie at home working on her latest project or at the nearest National Park ice cream in hand quizzing her daughter on its real history.
Kristin Bolan helps make it happen as a Production Assistant at AMR (2019) and as the Executive Assistant at Project 562 (2018). She is humbled and grateful to further actualize the team’s visions for Indigenous futures creating an equitable world where the dignity and worth of all peoples and communities are respected and celebrated. Kristin graduated with a Bachelors’ in Social Work and minor in Art; for seven years she worked as an intensive case manager and helped reunite families through her groundbreaking trauma-informed work with Milwaukee County Family Drug Treatment Court. In 2015 Kristin and her cat Frida left the Midwestern winters for the beautiful Coast Salish in Seattle. She loves to create pysanky (Ukrainian eggs) and tie dyes; a couple times a week year-round you can find her swimming in the Salish Sea.
Will (he/they) is American Indian Two-Spirit and belongs to the Navajo and Blackfeet nations. He grew up in the gorgeous suburb of Lake Tapps, WA - Coast Salish territory. In spring 2020 he completed a double major in Native American Studies and Sociology with a minor in Spanish at Stanford University. He is now a Masters student in the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He served in many student leadership roles during his undergraduate career including Co-Chair of the Stanford American Indian Organization. Following his passion for Indigenous advocacy, representation, and development, he wrote an Honors thesis on contemporary Native American fashion. Will hopes to one day obtain a JD/MBA and work in policy spheres to help empower Indigenous communities as his own for the next Seven Generations. You can often find him drinking his quotidian Iced Mocha and raving about the Pacific Northwest.
Social Media Intern
Lindsey Hightower (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) is an undergraduate student at Harvard currently conducting research on a gap year. She is investigating the interplay between the microbiome and gene regulation using squid as a model organism at the Kewalo Marine Lab. Next year, she will be a third year studying Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a citation in Spanish. On campus, she is a cheerleader, the social media intern for the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), and on the board of Natives At Harvard College (NAHC). She volunteers to do science experiments with elementary students in the greater Boston area, and helps with a weekly dinner shift at the homeless shelter. Lindsey aspires to become a doctor and role model for the next generation of Native STEM professionals. In her spare time, she likes to journal, run, binge-watch Netflix, read, do gymnastics, and spend time with loved ones.
Carly Sjordal is a non-binary journalist and editor living in the woods in Alaska with their big ol husky. They have previously worked as a newscaster for Alaska Native affairs in Fairbanks, and have edited for Warner Bros and other organizations including nonprofits promoting art and culture. They have a passion for queer advocacy and learning how best to respect and advocate for a better understanding of the many different ways of life across the world. They oppose the traditional school system's whitewashing of history, the erasures of the countless tragedies towards marginalized communities, and unacceptable behaviors towards LGBT students.
Jon Ayon is a Mestizo (Comcáac/Opata/Pipil/Xicano/Salvadoreño) filmmaker from LA. He began his career directing music videos for punk & indie bands in the Pacific Northwest. In Oakland, he worked as a Camera Operator and Editor for KDOL-TV & graduated from San Francisco State University's School of Cinema with honors. His work has earned him awards from The Annenberg Foundation, The Caucus for Producers, Writers, & Directors, The SF Emmys, and American Zoetrope. Currently, Ayon is an MFA candidate in the Documentary Film Program at Stanford. He has worked as an editor on the films HOODIE, THE CELINE ARCHIVE, & ALICE STREET and as a writer for LOWER BOOM. Ayon's films highlight issues pertaining to the Latinx Diaspora such as Indigeneity, colonialism, & generational trauma. He is a ride or die immigration activist and despises the word illegal.
Born and raised on Kumeyaay territory (San Diego), Keoni Rodriguez is a Hawaiian, Filipino, and Chinese student at Stanford University and Windward Community College. They have joined the All My Relations team as a research intern. Apart from the podcast, Keoni is currently working on a thesis project focusing on how Native Hawaiians in the diaspora have worked to cultivate a sense of cultural identity away from home. Keoni has dedicated much of their time to organizing to assert Indigenous rights within the realm of climate and environmentalism by working on campaigns both locally and nationally, most notably the campaign to protect Mauna Kea. They believe that Indigenous people have a unique role to play in addressing climate change. Apart from work, they enjoy playing and listening to music, learning trivia, and basketball.
PREVIOUS TEAM MEMBERS
BROOKE PEPION SWANEY
Producer For Season 1
Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) is a 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow and a 2013 Time Warner Fellow through the Sundance Institute. Ok Breathe Auralee, her NYU graduate thesis film, screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has TV distribution with First Nations Experience, a PBS affiliate. Amongst editing, Brooke’s experience also includes producing Bella Vista and Vision Maker Media funded New Media project Sixty Four Flood. She also worked with Revolution Messaging on the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign on their digital media team, producing, directing and editing; her Native Outreach ad I AM HUMAN received over 3 million hits on Facebook. Presently, she is in post-production on her first feature length documentary, Daughter of A Lost Bird, funded by Vision Maker Media.
JUANITA CHRISTINE TOLEDO
Production Assistant on Season 1
Juanita Christine Toledo is a Black Hemish womxn of both African and Native American ancestry. She is an enrolled tribal member of Walatowa, the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. She was born in Washington, D.C. and raised on the Jemez Pueblo reservation. Juanita is an advisor and advocate for Native Youth through the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization, serves an AIO Ambassador for the Americans for Indian Opportunity, and models for Indigenous fashion designers. She is passionate about positive youth development, creative expression, personal wellness, and raising the human consciousness. Ultimately, she is a rez kid at heart.