Fawn Douglas

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Fawn Douglas is an Indigenous American artivist and enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. She also has roots in the Moapa Paiute, Southern Cheyenne, Creek, and Pawnee tribes. Fawn is the head matriarch of Nuwu Art + Activism Studios, located in the heart of the Historic Huntridge Neighborhood in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is dedicated to the intersections of art, activism, community, education, culture, identity, place, and sovereignty. Within her art-making, she tells stories in order to remember the past and to ensure the stories of Indigenous peoples are heard in the present. Her studio practice includes painting, weaving, sculpture, dance, and other types of performance. Fawn currently does art and cultural consulting through Nuwu Art, works part-time as a Cultural Engagement Specialist with Meow Wolf, and is completing her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She holds a bachelor's degree in Art from UNLV and now, in the MFA program, she teaches classes as a graduate instructor in the Department of Art.

 

While at UNLV, Fawn has served with the Native American Student Association, American Indian Alliance, and the Native American Alumni Club. She also has held or currently holds title positions with the Institute for a Progressive Nevada, Friends of Gold Butte, Nevada Indian Commission, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Advisory Council, and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. Fawn has also done a number of events, exhibitions, interviews, performances, and other projects (see CV/Resume).

Fawn is a protector who advocates for environmental conservation. Among her past work include efforts toward the designation of Nevada’s Gold Butte as a historic national monument and participation in the #NoDAPL protests on the Standing Rock Lakota (Sioux) Reservation. In Southern Nevada, Fawn's activism includes Red Rock Canyon anti-desecration efforts, protection of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the fight for national monument designation of Avi Kwa Ame, and the ongoing struggle for tribal nations to retain their land and water rights.

 

As a survivor of sexual assault, Fawn's experience has also given her the fire to speak out 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 several other connected movements, including #LandBack, #FIBSI (Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative), and Our Bodies, Our Landswhich recognizes the connection between protecting land, water, and Indigenous women.