Tracy Rector (Seminole), Executive Director
Tracy earned her Masters in Education from Antioch University’s First Peoples Program. She specialized in Native American Studies, traditional plant medicine and documentary film. As the co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point and director of Unreserved Tracy has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. As a Native Education specialist, Tracy offers unique insight to her projects. Her vision is to bring traditional and contemporary education together on a foundation based in environmental stewardship. She has worked as a consultant with the Seattle Art Museum as an education specialist, as a Native Naturalist for the Olympic Sculpture Park and in planning for the new expanded Native American wing of the Seattle Art Museum and the international exhibition S’abadeb-The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists. Tracy also developed curriculum for IslandWood, an environmental education center. In 2009 Tracy received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education (previously awarded to Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers). She is a recent Sundance Institute Lab Fellow and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Tracy was raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, both homes have inspired her artistic and cultural vision. She currently works and lives in Seattle with her two boys. Tracy is the Co-founder of Longhouse Media.
Zoe Furlong, Office Assistant/Animator
Zoe is currently a sophomore at Dartmouth College in their film and media studies department and Native American studies. Zoe has been lucky enough to travel to many diverse places including Peru, Scandinavia, The Four Corners area where she spent time on the Navajo Reservation and Zuni Pueblo. Zoe’s travels to the southwest inspired her recent stop motion animation about identity entitled Iikaah. She has enjoyed filmmaking as a hobby since the age of eleven, and is looking to have a career in film production. She also enjoys acting, writing and performing music, thrift shopping, running track, and relaxing with friends. Zoe has been with Longhouse Media for over two years.
Victor Pascual (Navajo/Mayan), Web/Graphic Designer
As an accomplished artist, illustrator and graphic designer, Victor’s work focuses on the contemporary struggles of being indigenous in an urban environment. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the most inspiring individuals and organizations within the Native community today while building a sizable portfolio, which also includes corporate clients and institutions, including Microsoft, Northwest Folklife Festival, National Indian Gaming Association, and National Indian Child Welfare Association.
Rose Stiffarm (Blackfoot/Tsartlip/Cowichan/Cree/Gross Ventre/Assiniboine/Sioux)
Rose is Siksika Blackfoot, Tsartlip, Cowichan, Chippewa Cree, Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Sioux. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is an artist whose work spans different types of media. She has taken drawing and painting, drama, stage tech, band, music, graphic arts, journalism, and printmaking. Her interest in film was sparked in middle school by a short documentary she made for her history class. Rose was part of an all-Native theatre group called “Red Eagle Soaring” from 12 until she was 16. At Garfield High School she was a tech person in lighting and set construction and a stagehand. She played clarinet and alto saxophone in the award-winning Seattle All-City Marching Band, and the Garfield Marching Band throughout her high school years. Rose has received an honorable mention for her print “INDN Man” from the Seattle Central Community Colleges League for Innovation Art Competition in 2009. In 2009 she moved to Vancouver, BC. and was accepted into Capilano University’s Indigenous Independent Digital Film program where she is a current student.
Sherman Alexie, (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)
Alexie is a founding Board Member and current project advisor, who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, is an author, poet, and filmmaker living in Seattle. In 2007 Sherman won the National Book Award for his teen novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and in 2010 he won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for writing. He has been an active contributor and mentor to Native Lens, and Longhouse Media Board member since our inception. www.fallsapart.com