Dan has been working for several decades as a Native cultural ambassador-teacher and public speaker. He has done presentations from the fourth grade to college level classes; enjoys promoting youth empowerment, spiritual wellness and healing our wounded spirits; and excels in community activation and youth warrior training camps.
His educational presentations are impactful and entertaining, honest and informative. This is a very powerful time in history. It is very important that our Indigenous voices be heard by today’s youth. There are natural laws, spiritual laws, protocols—all rites of passages that teach us about respect and honor. There is history to bring to our hearts so we may heal and move forward together, united on a better path. Dan is currently writing a book, and creating educational videos, music and engaging activities to bring to classrooms and/or community events.
Here are some of the currently available presentations Dan would love to share with you:
1 to 2 hours. All ages are welcome. 4th grade and older preferred.
A great presentation for school ages, service groups, cultural festivals, community organizations, general public
The focus of this presentation is to empower individuals to reach their fullest potential and build bridges between communities. We can all succeed and create positive change for our world through respectful relationships toward one another and appreciation for Indigenous culture and wisdom. Dan tells vivid entertaining stories that will keep you on edge of your seat, belly laughing and thinking deeply, while breaking down cultural barriers and moving your body in a healthy way. Dan will discuss the importance of Water, Animals and our connection to all living things (meaning all of us People as well). Participants will learn about Native spirituality, prayer, respect and gratitude.
FOODS & FAMILIES PRESENTATION
This is a beautiful story Dan tells through his awakening at Standing Rock and the work he continues to do across the country. This presentation also gives a look into the book Dan is currently writing and is very excited to share with you.
All ages, races, genders, from all walks of life are invited to these workshops. There is no blaming, no shaming, no bullying, no hate, no finger pointing, no blaming, no victims. It is a time of a great Healing and Harmony, a time for UNITY and Hope.
Foods & Families goes back to our sacred creation stories and the teachings of our sacred responsibilities to the Earth. Attendees will come out of this presentation with a deeper understanding of Native culture, connection to the Earth, the foods and the animals, and why the cultural genocide of our people is something that we must not only confront, but most importantly, what we can do to work TOGETHER. This presentation is a time of HEALING and UNDERSTANDING. Dan takes the participants through this process step-by-step, together, to create a sense of belonging, and to revitalize of our warrior spirit to Stand Up for Mother Earth for our future generations.
RED WILLOW PRESENTATION
Option A: 1 hour presentation geared toward school-age children & young adults
Dan discusses traditional discipline techniques as well his own experience growing up at a time when punishment was more severe. The focus then connects with modern issues of bullying, racism, discrimination of all classes of people. From there, the group will work together to build a sense of integrity, honor and respect to our circle, creating a new vision to live and work together in harmony. Dan connects with youth and young adults struggling thru some of life's hardest challenges and has helped some through critical life choices such as suicidal thoughts, depression, homelessness, drug/alcohol addictions, drop outs, and some who where just feeling lost and hopeless.
SONG & DANCE PRESENTATION
Dan has been a pow wow dancer for over 28 years. He has some amazing stories and teachings to share from this journey. He has danced and won contests in four different dance styles and also as a pow wow singer. He also has worked as a host drum, head man dancer, pow wow coordinator, master of ceremony, head dance and drum judge and arena director. His trail has brought him from coast to coast, from north to south, and through four provinces of Canada. Dan shares fun, knowledgeable stories and teachings, and is happy to give demonstrations and instructional classes.
SPECIAL TOPIC PRESENTATIONS
Dan's other areas of expertise as a presenter are many. Other topics that he has spoken to others on include:
Youth Warrior Camps - Coordinate efforts to bring the community back to raising our children in a fun, positive manner.
Drug & Alcohol Recovery - Trials of the good Red Road and the challenges of Native sobriety.
Grief, Loss, Healing - Find wisdom and healing in Native traditions and prayer through the most difficult times.
Suicide Awareness & Prevention - Understand the suicide crisis, how it has impacted Native communities, and steps we can take to prevent suicide.
Native Community Health - Learn about healthy food choices, exercise, and prevention of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, common in Native populations. Dan is a Certified Fitness Instructor for youth and adults thru the Native American Council on Fitness and Exercise. He loves to teach Native dance, show people how he lost 60 lbs in a year and eliminated being pre diabetic, and teach the benefits, enjoyment and fun of walking, MMA self defense, and Indigenous games.
Cultural Sensitivity Workshop - a powerful workshop for EVERYONE!
Direct Action - Dan has a great perspective and stories to share about the spiritual communities where he has served, including eight months at Standing Rock, other trainings and front line warrior actions, as well as a community actions across the nation.
Life Coach - in progress at this time, please stay tuned if interested. Dan is a beast of a coach for runners (he has trained champions), dancers, MMA fitness, workouts, and self defense. He is also called upon to talk about issues, the real deep issues, and decision making in a world that is striving to make uncomfortable changes.
Gambling Addiction - more to be added
Health and Wellness - covering the four aspects of health and well being.
TV and Film - Dan shares his experiences working in TV, documentaries, news, and feature film.
CONTACT Dan for more information and arrange for a presentation for your school, workplace, or community group. He is always happy to create a custom presentation or seminar tailored to your needs.
presentations in action
Kind words from those who listened
Dan, thank you for coming to Fresno City College and inspiring our youth with your beautiful presentation on water. So many students have commented on how your words and experiences have changed their lives and views on Mother Earth. Please know how grateful we are to have shared some time with you. Never stop doing this amazing work. — Dr. Bernard Navarro, Fresno City College professor of American Indian Studies and sociology.
Dan Nanamkin is a name you know. He has traveled a lot over the last year. He has experienced things that he had only thought were stories his ancestors told. He stood at Standing Rock. He saw people of all nationalities, sexes and backgrounds joined together as brothers and sisters. I could listen for hours and hours about how a higher has guided him and directed him. The storyteller in him is from a long time ago, and his words bring you back in time but are just as relevant today, if not desired more than ever in today’s age. — Jesse Utz, The Star, May 2, 2018.