Our special guests for SkasdiCon ‘23 were Jhane Myers, Kaniehtiio Horn, Jana Schmieding, Jennifer Loren and Arigon Starr. Learn more about them below and stay tuned for more info on special guests at SkasdiCon ‘24!
Jhane Myers is a member of the Comanche and Blackfeet Nations, who is recognized for her passion and dedication to preserving the legacies of Native communities through the film medium. Myers has worked on many productions including: “Prey,” “1883,” “Magnificent Seven,” “Wind River,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Apocalypto.”
A 2023 Producers Guild of America nominee and two-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Myers has also produced many PBS documentaries and several films accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, where she was a 2017 Producing Fellow in the Indigenous Program.
In 2007, Myers made history as the executive director of the American Indian National Center for Television and Film in Los Angeles. The Center was formed by the Institute of American Indian Arts, in partnership with Disney/ABC, CBS, NBC Universal and Fox, to increase the representation and visibility of American Indian talent in all aspects of the entertainment industry.
Kaniehtiio Horn is a Mohawk actress, producer and podcaster from Kahnawake, the reserve outside of Montreal. She recently starred opposite Anna Kendrick and Wunmi Mosaku in the Lionsgate feature “Alice Darling,” which premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Prior to that, she starred as the baddie on Season 2 of “Rutherford Falls” and appeared in the scene stealing role of Deer Lady on “Reservation Dogs.” She is a fan favorite in the critically acclaimed Hulu comedy series “Letterkenny,” for which she was awarded a Canadian Screen Award.
Other memorable turns included significant roles on the Amazon series “Man in the High Castle,” the Netflix/Gaumont series “Hemlock Grove” and as Dorothy Gale in a memorable episode of “Supernatural.” She will soon voice a role in the upcoming Fox animated series “Grimsburg,” starring opposite Jon Hamm.
Jana Schmieding is known for her breakout role as “Reagan,” opposite Ed Helms on Peacock’s groundbreaking comedy series, Rutherford Falls. The Lakota Native comedian, writer, and fat-positive content creator was also a writer on both seasons.
Currently, Jana frequents FX’s Reservation Dogs and voices Zelda Fox on Fox’s animated sitcom, The Great North. She has been featured in various publications including Vulture, NPR, Paste, Bustle, Bon Appétit and Vanity Fair. Jana performed improv, sketch and solo comedy in New York City for ten years before moving to Los Angeles. She directed over 30 sketch and solo shows and collaborated in several different indie writers’ rooms.
Jana is a vocal advocate of Indigenous visibility and social justice, and she discusses these issues regularly in her comedy and writing.
Jennifer Loren is an award-winning filmmaker and senior director of Cherokee Film. Recently launched, Cherokee Film seeks to reclaim Cherokee and Native narratives by increasing representation across film and media while creating an ecosystem that supports production and drives economic activity in the Cherokee Nation. With a background in broadcast television, Jennifer co-created, produces and hosts the Emmy-award winning docuseries “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” which is now in production on Season 9.
In 2019, Jennifer helped the Cherokee Nation create the first certified Native American film commission, which is now known as the Cherokee Film Commission. In 2020, Jennifer oversaw the buildout of a state-of-the-art 27-thousand square foot virtual production soundstage. With the stage’s XR technology, the Cherokee Nation became the first tribe to create content in the metaverse.
This year, Jennifer was selected to participate in the Obama Leaders USA Program, a program that seeks to inspire, empower and connect leaders who are working to accelerate positive change in their communities.
Arigon Starr is an award-winning musician, actor and playwright, plus a renowned comic book creator and book illustrator. Her plays have been commissioned by theatre production companies such as Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles, Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis and Oklahoma Indigenous Theater Company in Oklahoma City.
Arigon’s comic “Super Indian” was created as an audio theater production and became two graphic novels to be followed by “Super Indian Volume Three.” A former Tulsa Artist Fellow, she teamed with fellow alumna, Cherokee author Traci Sorell as the illustrator for the book “Contenders,” published by Penguin/Random House/Kokila Books.
This fall, Arigon will be featured in the second season of the PBS series, “Native America.” She is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, in addition to SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity. She is based in Los Angeles.
Kristin Gentry is a multidisciplinary artist working in the Indigenous pop culture industry of art, fashion and 2SLGBTQIA advocacy. They are the Director of Community Engagement & Outreach for Native Realities, LLC, at which she directed the world’s first Indigenous comic con that transformed into the Indigenous Pop Culture Xpo, also known as IndigiPopX.
Kristin is also the owner of her own brand, KreativeNative. Kristin and her daughter Jewell Shooting Star (Choctaw/Cherokee) live in Oklahoma City, and they are both citizens of the Choctaw Nation.
Adam Youngbear is a Cheyenne and Arapaho artist originally from Watonga, Oklahoma. He creates pop art influenced by his culture. In addition to his artwork, he is also an enthusiastic cosplayer. Adam draws inspiration from his favorite movies, comics and TV shows. While some of his costumes are professionally produced, he likes to use his artist background to create accessories and make customizations for accuracy.
Adam enjoys passing along his passion for cosplay to his daughter and has custom created several costumes for her so that they can attend various comic cons together.
2023 Artist & Creators
Their Indigenous games and art feature a wide array of styles, forms and themes including Indigenous Pop Art, Pop Culture, Game Design, Sci-fi and Fantasy.
Shelley Patrick Art
James Hostler/The Bobcat
Anita Ashley Mitchell
Mary (ᎺᎵ) Lupton Art
Jeff & Emilee Edwards
ATCG Books & Comics/Natives Realities
Aaron’s Books & Comics
Bead Baby Bead
Julie & Jacob Daugherty
Cherokee Film Demo Booth
On behalf of Cultural Tourism and the Northeastern Center for Tribal studies, we are very excited to be able to gather in person once again. For all that to happen, SkasdiCon has a few policies we must all follow that are necessary for the safety and comfort of everyone. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to make SkasdiCon a place that everyone can enjoy.
Airspace (Balloons, Drones, etc.)
No devices may be flown or tethered within the confines of the Ballroom or at any SkasdiCon function on the NSU property. This includes drones, helium balloons and helium-filled products, or any lighter-than-air objects either powered or unpowered.
Code of Conduct
Attendees must respect and observe commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for one another and private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. SkasdiCon reserves the right to revoke any individual’s access to the event. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate the nearest member of security or staff member so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.
Entry into this event constitutes consent for Cherokee Nation Cultural and Economic Development, LLC. to use any film, photographs, video or reproduction of the images and/or voice bearer for any purpose whatsoever.
The SkasdiCon Information Desk is located in the Second floor Lobby.
During show hours you can always find a SkasdiCon staff member or security guard at the Information Desks. Please stop by there if you have any questions or concerns.
No Pets Allowed
If you have pets, including iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, or other nonhuman critters, please leave them at home. NSU will not allow animals into the building except for service animals.
Costume Props Policy
No functional props or weapons are allowed at SkasdiCon. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:
All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the Cosplay Registration Desk located in the 1st floor lobby.
At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, people in oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Ballroom.
After your costume props have been checked, they will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your props have been checked.
Security will escort you to the Registration Desk for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.
If you do not want to have your costume props/weapons inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume props/weapons to SkasdiCon.
No distribution of any materials—including flyers, stickers, cards, or any promotional item—is allowed in any area inside or outside the NSU Ballroom, except from within a booth in the Ballroom or when preapproved for placement on the Freebie Tables.
No Bicycles, Scooters, Segways, or Hoverboards at SkasdiCon
Scooters, bicycles, and Segways are not allowed in the NSU Ballroom or inside the building. By order of the fire marshal, hoverboards are not allowed at SkasdiCon, including all inside or outside areas of the NSU Ballroom, and additional venues featuring SkasdiCon events.
No Handcarts, Trolleys, Rolling Luggage, or Oversized Strollers in the Ball Room
Please be aware that, for safety reasons, no handcarts, trolleys, rolling luggage, or oversized strollers are allowed in the Ballroom. Attendees found on the exhibit floor with these items will be asked to leave these items outside of the Ballroom.