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Release Date: October 31, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Happy Frejo

  • Marie "Pandora" Medina

  • Robert Peters

ADA, Okla. – Four successful Native Americans will share their perspectives of working in performing arts at the Lowak Sho’li Native Humanities Forum 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Chickasaw Community Center, 700 N Mississippi Ave., in Ada.

Presented by the Chickasaw Nation, Lowak Sho'li “Carry the Fire” Native Humanities Forum highlights Native Americans in performing arts. The event provides an opportunity for dialogue on how Native American humanities impact the development and welfare of local communities, regions and the state of Oklahoma.

The panel of professionals includes:

Marie “Pandora” Medina

Marie “Pandora” Medina is a Chickasaw citizen, professional dancer, choreographer and actress.

Medina is the co-founder and artistic director of Little Box of Hope (LBOH), a hip hop dance theater production company based in Los Angeles. LBOH creates original works of art using song, dance, film and music.

In 2011, Ms. Medina participated in the “Rise Up and Dance” project, teaching children to dance as a way to give them a purpose in life.

“Dancing is what saved me from going down the wrong path,” Medina said. “I want to help and inspire kids just like I was inspired by the dancers in my neighborhood.”

Happy Frejo

Happy Frejo is a member of the Seminole and Pawnee Nations of Oklahoma. She is an actress, singer/songwriter, dance instructor and independent filmmaker.

Ms. Frejo wrote and directed the short film “My Darkest Hour,” which is based on the effects of a broken home and focuses on suicide prevention.

At the 40th annual American Indian Film Festival in 2015, she was nominated for Best Actress for the role of Kerry Harold in “VIOLET,” the mini-feature film that was screened in film festivals across the country.

Robert Peters

Robert Peters is an actor and filmmaker. He has been seen in more than 100 films, and had the honor of working with top directors including Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, Sir Richard Attenborough and Wolfgang Peterson.

As a filmmaker, he has won several awards for films he has directed and/or produced. His first film, “Mutual Love Life,” won prestigious awards in film festivals across the world.

Mr. Peters has taught in university film programs across the country, including Emerson College in Boston, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Oklahoma. He has been a guest speaker on diverse film panels at film festivals across the United States, Europe and Asia. He has taught at Universal Studios’ Young Actors Camp, and has been a guest teacher for private acting classes in Los Angeles, California.

The audience will have an opportunity to pose questions to the guests at the Lowak Sho’li forum.

The event is open to the public at no charge.

For more information on the Lowak Sho'li forum, contact Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities at (580) 272-5520.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016