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Tanaya Winder


Tanaya Winder is an author, singer / songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. Tanaya’s performances and talks emphasize the importance of “heartwork” – the life path one is meant to follow by using his/her/their gifts and passions. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love). Tanaya believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share. Her specialties include: youth & women empowerment, healing trauma through art, creative writing workshops, and mental wellness advocacy.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/5/2019: Dream Warriors

Dream Warriors is a collective of Indigenous artists healing Turtle Island with music, poetry, and spoken word. Together, they travel throughout the world bringing song and empowering messages to communities. 

July 5 - Tanaya Winder