Hometown: Tuba City, Ariz. and Fairbanks, Alaska
Quannah Chasinghorse is a model and climate activist. She recently went viral after paying tribute to her Indigenous American culture with her stunning Met Gala look, which prominently featured traditional silver and turquoise jewelry. Chasinghorse, who is Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota, has been fighting to protect sacred Indigenous lands in Alaska from land development such as oil drilling. She also raises awareness about climate change’s devastating impact on the state. Additionally, she strives to provide much-needed representation for Indigenous people through her increasingly visible work as a model for major brands like Chanel. As Chasinghorse recently told Vogue, “It was amazing to be able to be there and represent Indigenous people. Before I got to the Met, I was listening to Native music and artists to help me feel more empowered, and I was extremely excited to show the world the beauty of native indigenity.”
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, In The Know is highlighting changemakers who are impacting the world through cultural advancement, community leadership and entrepreneurial innovation. See all of our honorees here.