Christina Thomas

Bio:

Christina Thomas is of Paiute, Shoshone, and Hopi descent, and grew up on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Reservation. She is the youngest teacher of the Paiute language in Washoe County School District, previously served as the youngest member of her tribe’s Cultural Committee, and founded of the girls’ youth group, Native Butterflies. She is an alumni of the prestigious Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassadors Program, and is the winner of the 2012 Beauty on a Mission award from Miss Humanity International and the recipient of 2013 Governor’s Points of Light Award for her work with her community and preserving her culture. She is also featured at the Pyramid Lake Museum as the youngest emerging leader of her people.

Christina is an accomplished traditional singer and dancer. She has performed for First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Harry Reid, Governor Sandoval, Mayor Cashell, among others, and has been featured on local television shows and in numerous print articles, both nationally and internationally.

Photo Credit: Jay Schell

Presentation:

SONGBIRD: TELLING THE PAIUTE STORY

In a presentation specially tailored for your organization, Christina Thomas - a woman of Paiute, Shoshone, and Hopi descent who has been acknowledged as an emerging leader of her people - shares her rich knowledge of, and insight into, her people’s heritage. Depending on your areas of interest, Christina can explore the performing arts of traditional singing, drumming and dancing (among the dances she teaches is a circle dance of friendship, traditionally considered a healing practice. She can give lessons in the Paiute language and tell traditional stories. She can share knowledge of traditional foods and plants (for example, Sawabe – sagebrush - is burned as a form of prayer, and Tsoodoope - Indian Tea - is considered to have many health-giving properties). Thomas can also discuss the history of the Great Basin native peoples; and give her unique perspective on contemporary Native American issues.

Appropriate Audience:  Can be tailored for all ages.

Duration: 1-3 hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Wireless microphone if room/audience is large
  • Table
  • Space to dance, if dancing is requested to be part of presentation
  • Means for screening a digital presentation

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: Nevada, Traditional Culture, Native American interest, Performing Arts