Fawn Douglas is an Indigenous American artist and enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. She also has roots in the Moapa Paiute, Southern Cheyenne, Creek, and Pawnee tribes. She is dedicated to the intersections of art, activism, community, education, culture, identity, place, and sovereignty. Within her art-making and activism, she tells stories in order to remember the past and also to ensure that the stories of Indigenous peoples are heard in the present. Her studio practice includes painting, weaving, sculpture, performance, activist art and humor. She is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts in the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Through the MFA program, she teaches classes as a graduate assistant and co-curates the Vegas Institute for Contemporary Engagement (V.I.C.E), an artist team that has been the catalyst for exhibitions, podcasts, interviews, performances, and experimentation that makes space for marginalized artists in the Las Vegas community.
“My art draws me closer to my Nuwu (Nuwuvi) culture and identity. I have learned much through the lessons of our tribal elders and traveling to visit our ancestral lands and sacred sites in Southern Nevada. . . . My art translates these oral traditions for the viewer. Many pieces operate as a filter that keeps the integrity of sacred information that my people hold dear, while allowing Nuwuvi culture to be shared with a broader audience.”
Fawn is a dedicated advocate for environmental conservation, which has included work toward the designation of Nevada’s Gold Butte as a historic national monument and her participation in the #NoDAPL protests on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Notable actions also include (but are not limited to) the fight for tribal and rural communities to retain their land and water rights, Red Rock anti-desecration efforts, and protection of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
As a survivor of sexual assault, Fawn's experience has also given her the fire to speak up about women's rights and she has been a vocal advocate for #MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women). She continues to speak up for her sisters and is an active supporter of Our Bodies, Our Lands - a movement that recognizes the connection between protecting land, water, and Indigenous women.