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About the Artist

Tokeya Waci U (Comes Dancing First), is a member of the Oglala Lakota and Haliwa-Saponi Tribes.  He has had the opportunity to travel all over this Indigenous land eversince he was a baby.

He was born in Manhattan, NYC, and then lived in various places throughout his childhood.  But two places that had impact was his hometown in the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, and also Hollister, NC.  He learned about the cultural aspects in both tribes growing up in these communities and he now introduces them within his art.

He later graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS with a Liberal Arts Degree focusing on fine art.  He also studied Psychology and Theatre art at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.

He has always been an artist since he was a child.  He would often draw dinosaurs and dragons only to cut them out and use them as his toys.  Throughout high school, he would draw posters and sell them so that he could make his travel money for college.  As he went to college, he learned how to make beadwork and thats when his skills of Native American artistry grew.  Only a year and a half ago was when he was drawing for art therapy and got the idea of applying his artistic abilities towards the Native American art style of Ledger Art.  He had then found his true calling to portray life's experiences, strengthing and empowering all Indigenous people through his art.