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Desert Cactus

An excerpt from D.A.'s forthcoming memoir One Pima Pilgrim. Published by The Seventh Wave.

Image by Kristen Colada Adams
What Does It Mean To Be Indigenous? 

An opinion piece answering, “What does it mean to be Indigenous in the 21st century?” Published by Front Porch.

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Man in the Maze

A semi-autobiographical flash fiction piece about a son mourning the death of his father. Published by SPARTAN.

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Ancestors Know Who We are

An interview with Two-Spirit elder Storme Webber (Choctaw/Black). Published by Indian Country Today.

Image by Darren Richardson
11 Year Old Bride

Selected for Homology Lit's special poetry issue.

Short Film

Indigenous people are more than news

October Headlines is a short film examining controversial news headlines from Indigenous Peoples' Day and the personal stories impacted by them. This project was produced with support from NDN Collective, with music and script by D.A. Navoti. 


Inspired by D.A. Navoti's experimental essay of the same name, read the original experimental essay published by Cloudthroat (defunct).

Additional Projects

First Peoples Fund

D.A. Navoti highlighted Native artists and cultural bearers in First People Fund's monthly newsletter.


Sample articles: 

  • Pushing Through the Pandemic: Celebrating the Virtual Rolling Rez Arts. Read...

  • Behind the Camera: A Conversation with Pueblo Filmmaker Charine GonzalezRead...

  • Origin Stories with Folk Artist Kevin Locke. Read...

  • Surviving Through Art: A Conversation with Jeremy Red Eagle. Read...

The Collective Spirit® Podcast

Also at First Peoples Fund, D.A. launched the Collective Spirit® podcast and curated its first 6 episodes. The inaugural episodes feature Native artists and culture bearers who discuss the power of Indigenous art and culture. Learn more about the podcast. 

  • Ep 1: Documentary Filmmaker Tsanavi Spoonhunter (Northern Arapaho Tribe)

  • Ep 2: Playwright Blossom Johnson (Diné)

  • Ep 3: Musician & DJ Aveda Adara (Diné)

  • Ep 4: Beader & Seamstress Wetalu Rodriguez (Nimiipuu)

  • Ep 5: Painter Del Curfman (Crow Tribe of Montana)

  • Ep 6: Children’s Author Stacy Wells (Choctaw)

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