Powwow dancer, Indigenous artist, writer, activist
Hometown: Charlestown, R.I.
For Sherenté Mishitashin Harris, a two-spirit powwow dancer from the Narragansett tribe, seeing Fancy Shawl dancers as a young child represented a life-changing moment. A dance traditionally performed by women, the Fancy Shawl dance opened up a world for Harris to discover themself as an Indigenous person who embraced both male and female identities. Now a dual-degree student at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Harris has since won a powwow grand championship and become the subject of the 2021 documentary Being Thunder. They also continue to raise awareness about the Narragansett tribe, Native American culture as well as the beauty of two-spirit Indigenous people. After all, as they told In The Know, “Their existence is the dream of their grandmothers and their grandfathers.”
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