Category Archives: Native Comics

“Healing Through Humor with Tatanka Means “


“Actor and comedian Tatanka Means reflects on healing with laughter in a Native way  amidst the COVID-19 pandemic”ICT AUG 11, 2020

“Tatanka Means is arguably one of the best-known Native actors and comedians in Indian Country, who in early 2020, had a jam-packed schedule filled with comedy gigs, acting jobs and speaking engagements. When COVID-19 hit, Means had all of his plane flights, and gigs canceled. But he pressed on. His standup routines have strong ties back to his Native heritage. In one popular standup, he discusses how Native people tease each other ruthlessly and always solve any awkwardness with the phrase “Aaaayyyyeeee”


[Means’ first screen role was in 2004 playing lead stunt double in the film Black Cloud, which was shot in the same gym where he had previously trained as a boxer.He has since had major roles in several films and TV series. In the miniseries Into the West (2005) he played Crazy Horse. In More Than Frybread (2012), he played Buddy Begay, a “hip-hop Navajo fry-bread rock star” who sells fry-bread from a truck on the reservation. A reviewer who described it as the “showiest part” in the film said, “Means .. overdoes it a little … but that’s part of Buddy’s personality.” Wikipedia]



“People are just going through hard times right now in different places. People are losing people. Communities are being hit hard but you know through comedy, through history, with Indian people, we always laugh when we’re having hard times. That’s why I say the humor brings us back up when we’re at funerals. You know, we’re laughing hard, sometimes telling stories those good old times, you know what I mean? And it’s just finding the humor right now in what’s happening in everyday life and how it’s changed. My daughter’s going back to school right now, but she’s not going back to school. Everything’s online. I mean, there’s no eating in restaurants. There’s pickup only there’s this humor all over the place.” Tatanka Means

From Cartoonist Ricardo Caté : Wash Your Hands!

“New Mexico has a colorful way of spreading a strong message. The state’s Indian Affairs and Human Services departments have partnered with cartoonist Ricardo Caté to create a COVID-19 coloring book for tribal youth. Caté’s cartoon ‘Without Reservations’is published daily in the Santa Fe New Mexican and The Taos News.” P. Talahongva, ICT

Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Ricardo Caté’s thought-provoking cartoons remind us there is always a different point of view.


Excerpt: Indian Country Today newscast for Thursday August 27th, 2020 Without reservations: Wash your hands By Patty Talahongva, ICT

Cartoon Book by Ricardo Cate

“He’s [Ricardo Caté] on the newscast today to discuss the coloring book with Lynn Trujillo, the Indian Affairs Department Cabinet Secretary.”

A few comments:

Ricardo Cate:

“I started with the lockdown and as the whole pandemic progressed, whatever was on the news, I started drawing on a day to day basis.”

Lynn Trujillo:

“As we all know, unfortunately, many of our Native American Alaska Native relatives continue to be disproportionately impacted and really suffered from high prevalence and mortality rates. Luckily here in New Mexico, the latest statewide data shows that, 32.9 percent of positive cases here in New Mexico are Native American and Alaska native. We seen a flattening of that curve, which I think has been phenomenal… And what is the goal of this coloring book?

Cartoon by Ricardo Caté

Ricardo Cate:

“…I come up with these ideas and like I said, I’ve already been drawing them. And so from not only a parent or a community member standpoint but from a teacher standpoint. I’m also a teacher and I work a lot with kids. In fact, I had been passing out art supplies in our community the same week that they had asked me. So when this fell into my lap, so to speak, it was a very opportune time for that to happen because I was thinking of kids at the time and wondering how I could help them a little more and this coloring book seemed to be right up that alley. So it was a very opportune time…I’m glad this coloring book turned out really nice. And hopefully it makes a huge impact on what we’re trying to do here to educate everyone. Yeah one time I had a (dance) partner and she was (staying) six feet away but it just turned out that she didn’t like me.”

Credit: Ricardo Caté, ICT

Lynn Trujillo:

“The coloring book is available on our website. We’re also really excited because we’ve been approached by a foundation to pay for another reprinting that we would really like to get out to our urban Indian centers and different organizations. The first round of books went out to the sovereign nations here in New Mexico that we would really love to get those out to our centers and communities. Ricardo can talk to you about what ‘stoodis’ means. I think we also want to make sure that there’s an opportunity for everyone not only little ones, but everyone to draw their own cartoon and to share it and use the hashtag. We love to share people’s cartoons and their artwork.”


The 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, at the close of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. [8/20] Photo: Olivier Douliery

On Thursday night, [8/20] he was introduced by a video that referenced the loss of his first wife and daughter early in his Senate career and, years later, of his son Beau to brain cancer. “I know how mean and cruel and unfair life can be sometimes…your loved one may have left this earth, but they’ll never leave your heart. They’ll always be with you. You’ll always hear them.”

Vice President Biden with his son Beau at Camp Victory on the Baghdad outskirts in 2009.Credit…Pool photo by Khalid Mohammed

As president, the first step I will take will be to get control of the virus that’s ruined so many lives… Because I understand something this president doesn’t. We will never get our economy back on track, we will never get our kids safely back to school, we will never have our lives back until we deal with this virus.”

Brayden Harrington, 13, spoke about how former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. helped him overcome his stutter in a speech on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.

“As God’s children, each of us has a purpose in our lives… And we have a great purpose as a nation: to open the doors of opportunity to all Americans; to save our democracy; to be a light to the world once again; to finally live up to and make real the words written in the sacred documents that founded this nation that all men and women are created equal. Endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. Among them, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” 

Biden and Harris For The American People!

“I will have a great vice president at my side, Senator Kamala Harris,” Biden reminded his listeners. “She is a powerful voice for this nation. Her story is the American story. She knows about all the obstacles thrown in the way of so many in our country: women, Black women, Black Americans, South Asian Americans, immigrants, the left out and left behind. But she’s overcome every obstacle she’s ever faced. No one’s been tougher on the big banks or the gun lobby. No one’s been tougher in calling out this current administration for its extremism, its failure to follow the law, and its failure to simply tell the truth.” 

~Democratic Presidential Leader Joe Biden~

~Democratic Vice-Presidential Leader Kamala Harris~

From Indian Country Today (ICT):

Resource Sites for the COVID-19:

Are you a Native student whose college or university has been closed or switched to online classes? Visit this spreadsheet for resources involving technology in Native communities. It is updated by San Juan College’s Native American Center.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Basic information.

Indian Health Service

National Congress of American Indians

National Indian Health Board

COVID-19: Native advisories and event updates

Marvel Films and Native Superheroes

“It’s time for a Native Marvel movie: 10 existing Native Marvel heroes and 10 Native actors to play them.” V. Schilling, ICT

Loren Anthony as Puma.

Excerpt:Time For a Native Marvel Movie – Vincent Schilling, ICT

“I was born in 1967 and was a by-product of the ‘70s and ’80s and grew up loving Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, The X-Men, The New Mutants, Daredevil, Spiderman and so much more. These comic superhero creators are giants in the Marvel world. The one thing that has always been lacking has been diversity — especially Native American heroes — outside of a handful of fairly stereotypical Native American heroes, except maybe Danielle Moon Star and Forge. But Stan Lee and Chris Claremont, as well as other creators, were mindful that every nationality should be represented in the Marvel Universe…I think Marvel has an amazing opportunity to create something never before created, to further the recognition of diversity in mainstream films…I am hoping Marvel might consider this: A Marvel superhero movie with the majority as Native American superheroes…there are over 75 Indigenous heroes in the Marvel Universe that already exist. So let’s just say Marvel is listening, perhaps they might be a bit curious if this is doable. Ok, Marvel, in the odd chance you might be looking at this article, here you go.”

Adam Beach (Twitter) – Jason Strongbow (Marvel)

Super strength, speed, agility, stamina, near-invulnerability, super eyesight, increased senses, crossbow proficiency. Yes, we know Adam played Kill shot in Suicide Squad, but his sacrifice to forward the story was too short. Bring on more Adam Beach.

Wes Studi photo by Vincent Schilling, Centurion (Marvel)

As a prince of an “Amerindian Tribe” Centurious is a God. With a description as a soulless immortal with supernatural abilities, magic, strength, control over the elements, telekinesis, levitation and mind control, Wes Studi could blast into the Marvel Universe like Thanos. Studi could also play the Beyonder in the Secret Wars. My guess is that Secret Wars to be the next Marvel Universe saga.

Sivan Alyra Rose on Instagram, Echo / Ronin (Marvel)

Though Deaf, Echo has photographic reflexes – meaning she can immediately duplicate movements, thus her expertise in martial arts, acrobatics and dance. Sivan Alyra Rose was made to be Echo.

Loren Anthony (Instagram) Puma (Marvel)

Puma has genetically enhanced human abilities, with transformation powers to become a humanoid Puma, with increased senses, as well as a martial arts expert.

Michael Greyeyes (IMDb) Shaman / Talisman (Marvel)

Native medicine expertise as well as western medicine and surgical expertise, holder of medicine bag that holds all objects to summon into existence, can transform into an eagle, levitation.


More Exciting News: Joy Harjo Is Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Credit Shawn Miller:Library of Congress

“Joy Harjo, the Oklahoma-born writer, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the first Native American to hold the post.” By C. de Leon, The New York Times


Native Super Heroes Save The Day…at the Heard Museum

“What if…Superman had a relative who was Cherokee? In addition to Wonder woman there was Pueblo Girl? A high school student could transform into a powerful animal who fought an evil creature who had stalked his community since ancient times? A real Superhero from 1680 was needed again in 2180? And…What if you could help them as they battle villains and meet danger?” Heard Museum

Cover of Super Indian vol 2 by Arigon Star (Kickapoo)

Cover of Super Indian vol 2 by Arigon Star (Kickapoo)

Excerpt: Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!

“In the exhibit, kids will be able to become their own super hero. They will choose their super power and create their super hero costume. They will then embark on exciting adventures, including an animal companion interactive experience, a Native video game and other adventures along their super journey.

Miiyahbin, a Cree girl, transforms into Equinox. Photo

Tales of super heroes inspire people to bravery and spark the imagination of both children and adults. Super heroes may be animals, humans or magical beings who speak, transform and use their special powers to fight evil and help others.

Super Indian Photo- superindiancomics

Super Indian Photo- superindiancomics

Jimi Black Photo- SuperIndianComics

Jimi Black Photo- SuperIndianComics

Many American Indian legends feature animal heroes of great power who teach life lessons. During the last few decades, some of these classic super heroes have inspired American Indian artists and graphic novelists to create new Native super heroes who confront evil and defend good in their communities.”

Admissions Information
As this is a special exhibit, the following adjusted admission rates will be charged visitors May 16 – Aug. 23, 2015. These rates entitle visitors to see this exhibit plus the rest of the museum.

“Artists and graphic novelists also celebrate people who have overcome daunting problems, who are strong in amazing ways and who fight for their beliefs. They, too, deserve the title “super hero.” Heard Museum

Category: Native Comics

Equinox: The First Native Super Heroine!

O’siyo. On April 23, 2014, DC Comics will introduce their first Native female superheroine. Equinox, (her real name is Miiyahbin)  is a  sixteen-year-old member of the Cree Nation, whose super powers are attached to the seasons. Created by Ontario writer Jeff Lemire, the character Equinox was inspired by a real Cree heroine, 15-year-old Shannen Koostachin. Shannen organized her fellow students to lobby the government for a new school in her community. Unfortunately Shannen passed away in 2010 in a car accident.

Native Superhero Equinox. Photo- Jeff Lemire. DC Comics.

Native Superhero Equinox. Photo- Jeff Lemire. DC Comics.

Equinox, new Cree teen superhero, joins DC Comics lineup. CBCNews


“Metropolis’s Superman and Gotham City’s Batman are getting a brand-new colleague from Canada this spring: a teenage Cree superhero hailing from Moose Factory, Ont. The isolated James Bay communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee take the spotlight in the forthcoming Justice League Canada, a five-issue story arc written by comic artist Jeff Lemire for the comic series Justice League United. The stories, featuring artwork by Mike McKone, debut in April. After earning widespread acclaim for his Essex County graphic novel trilogy — based on his rural upbringing in southwestern Ontario — Lemire and his poignant storytelling style piqued the attention of comic giant DC Entertainment.

You need very distinct voices for personalities on the team or else you just start writing the same character in a different costume. Multiple research trips north proved illuminating and rewarding for Lemire. He spent time in grade school classrooms…Moose Factory musician and comic fan Nathan Cheechoo, for instance, advised Lemire to take away all that stereotypical imagery and get down to basic principles in his depictions. I don’t walk around with beads and fringe and feathers and a loincloth. And that was something I wanted to bring to Jeff, he said. We want our stories shared, and if this is another way to share it, then I think mission accomplished, added Cheechoo, who said his own children are now reading comic books, too.

New DC Comics superhero inspired by young Cree activist

 Shannen Koostachin organized students to lobby the government to replace temporary buildings with a new school in her community. Columbia University.

Beautiful Shannen Koostachin organized students to lobby the government to replace temporary buildings with a new school in her community. Columbia University.

Jeff Lemire says Shannen Koostachin — a young Cree activist from Attawapiskat — helped inspire him. Lemire said the 15-year-old, who led fellow students to Parliament Hill to lobby for a proper school, isn’t far from his thoughts in drawing up the new superhero.

“I think if I can capture some of that heart and some of that essence in this character, perhaps she’ll almost be a guiding spirit in the creation of this character.” 

Kudos to Lemire for paying homage to the real Native heroine Shannen Koostachin.

“This project tells them we’re just as important as Superman, Clark Kent, Batman and all these people. That’s something I want [my kids] to share with friends.”~ Nathan Cheechoo~Cree musician and comic fan.


April is Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month. In an ongoing effort to bring awareness of sexual violence against women and abuse against children, many organizations are participating in special events all this month.

Never Alone- Abuse Awareness & Support.

Never Alone- Abuse Awareness & Support.


“A battered woman is of beauty inside.
A battered woman has strength and courage that she chooses to hide.

A battered woman holds on till she can‘t hold on no more in hopes that there‘s still a her that will be able to hold.

A battered woman cries at night yet it‘s a cry she decides to hold inside. A battered woman sees a brighter future that no one else sees.
A battered woman possesses power that she doesn‘t know she has.
A battered woman has anger that only her kind can understand.

A battered woman wasn‘t born. A battered woman was formed.”

~Anita Bullock~Ohlone Tribe of California 

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling.


Category: Native Comics

A Native Superhero in Washington!

O’siyo. Artist Jeffrey Veregge is a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe located in Kingston WA, and he loves superheroes. Jeffrey uses traditional Native designs from the Pacific Northwest to create his unique characters.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Excerpt: Superheroes Meet Coast Salish Design Native Peoples Magazine

“By day, artist Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S’Klallam) is a graphic designer at a marketing agency in Poulsbo, Wash. But by night, he’s often etching superheroes and villains in drawings accented by traditional Native designs of the Pacific Northwest.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Veregge’s eye-catching work, much of it created in his free time, is the result of a common boyhood fascination with comic books and sci-fi, and his own creativity. He dedicated time to training at the Art Institute of Seattle, where he majored in industrial design, and with past mentor David Boxley (Tsimshian), a traditional Salish formline design artist and master carver in Metlakatla, Alaska. Now 39, Veregge has found his blend of sci-fi and Northwest Coast culture is helping him connect with a new, wider audience.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge.  Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Veregge’s work has been acquired by several institutions, including the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle and the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. He tells Native Peoples that he also will be creating exclusive merchandise this year for the EMP Store in Seattle.”

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jeffrey Veregge. Image courtesy of the artist.

To view more of Jeffrey Veregge’s wonderful work visit his Website.

Kudos to Jeffrey and to all of the creative people who create beauty!

“The whole reason to do art is to tell a story. The themes don’t change; it is always good versus evil and right versus wrong. I’m just taking modern myths and doing what my ancestors would have done. I’m telling the tale through art that people can relate to.” ~Jeffrey Veregge~


Category: Native Comics