The message that Anthony Redfeather Nava wants to pass on to children is that they should be proud of their ancestors and be proud of who they are.
A member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe in Arizona, Nava travels to schools to teach students about Native American culture. He visited Trapp, Pilot View, Fannie Bush, Central, Strode Station, Shearer, Providence and Hannah McClure elementary schools last week.
Bringing along his traveling Indigenous Peoples Sensory Museum, Nava provided the children with nine tables covered in drums, whistles, shoes, arrowheads and other artifacts, all of which they were allowed to pick up and touch. Nava got the idea when he witnessed children wanting to handle items that he brought along to his presentations.
"That's how children learn, you've got to get their senses going," he said. "You've got to get them exposed."
Along with his work through education, Nava is also a flute player and recording artist. He is a showcase artist for the Kentucky Center for the Arts and a roster artist through the Louisville Arts Council and Southern Indiana Arts Council.