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20 Uber-Cool Rock Your Mocs Day Photos

Photos of Indian country musicians, actors, artists, dancers and writers who participate in rock your mocs day to help Native culture thrive.
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Come on, all the cool kids are doing it.

One of our favorite times of the year is November 15, the midpoint of Native American Heritage Month, which in recent years has become known as "Rock Your Mocs Day." Rock Your Mocs is a grassroots, Native-pride gesture that, thanks to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, has become a phenomenon all over Turtle Island.

It goes something like this: You wear your moccasins, and you post a picture of them to your social site(s) of choice. What follows is a lot of ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the beauty and craftsmanship of the original Indigenous footwear, as well as sharing, replying, and retweeting, with comments like "Where did you get those?" and "I want these!"

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While we wait for another Rock Your Mocs Day, we have compiled some photos of Indian country's hip and famous—the musicians, the actors, the artists, the dancers, the writers—who are helping Native culture to thrive in the 21st century. So, until it's time to watch your feeds for new Rock Your Mocs pics, feast your eyes on the great selection that follows.

Rock Your Mocs: Dr. Adrienne Keene, Cherokee.

Dr. Adrienne Keene, Cherokee. Cultural critic, panel regular, author of the influential blog.

Rock Your Mocs: Iskwe, Cree/Dene.

Iskwe, Cree/Dene. Singer and songwriter of pop/soul/dance music. Description-defier.

Rock Your Mocs: Gabriel Ayala, Yaqui.

Gabriel Ayala, Yaqui. World-class classical guitarist, 2011 NAMA Artist of the Year, inventor of the "jazzmenco" style.

Rock Your Mocs: Kristi Lane Sinclair, Haida/Cree.

Kristi Lane Sinclair, Haida/Cree. Folk singer-songwriter, self-described as "grunge classical."

Rock Your Mocs: Ryan Red Corn, Osage.

Ryan Red Corn, Osage. Member of the 1491s, graphic designer, photographer, performer of one-armed handstands.

Rock Your Mocs: Gyasi Ross, Blackfeet/Suquamish.

Gyasi Ross, Blackfeet/Suquamish. Attorney, author, activist, talking head.


Rock Your Mocs: Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, Turtle Mountain Chippewa.

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Fashion arbiter and entrepreneur. Author of the Beyond Buckskin blog and creator of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique,

Rock Your Mocs: Sage Paul, Dene.

Sage Paul, Dene. Fashion designer and promoter of the "authentic appropriations" concept.

Rock Your Mocs: JB the First Lady, Nuxalk/Cayuga.

JB the First Lady, Nuxalk/Cayuga. Hip hop/spoken-word artist, traditional dancer, educator.

Rock Your Mocs: Kaniehtiio Horn, Mohawk.

Kaniehtiio Horn, Mohawk. Actress, regular on the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove" and the SyFy series "Defiance."

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Rock Your Mocs: Lisa Charleyboy, Tsilhqot’in.

Lisa Charleyboy, Tsilhqot’in. Writer, style maven, entrepreneur, actress, avoider of gluten. Aka Urban Native Girl.

Rock Your Mocs: Lil' Mike and Funny Bone, Pawnee/Choctaw.

Lil' Mike and Funny Bone, Pawnee/Choctaw. Rappers, as the duo Mike Bone, seen on America's Got Talent.

Rock Your Mocs: Roseanne Supernault, Metis.

Roseanne Supernault, Metis. Actress known for her work in the films "Maina" and "Rhymes for Young Ghouls," and the TV series "Blackstone."

Rock Your Mocs: Thosh Collins, Pima/Osage, and James Jones, Cree.

Thosh Collins, Pima/Osage, and James Jones, Cree. Photographer (Collins) and dancer (Jones), seen here on the night they filmed the "Rock Your Mocs" video (embedded below) in New York City.

Rock Your Mocs: Sera-Lys McArthur, Nakota.

Sera-Lys McArthur, Nakota. Actress, series regular on CBC's "Arctic Air," and one of the title characters in the film/series pilot "Skye & Chang."

Rock Your Mocs: Inez Jasper, Sto:lo/Ojibway/Metis.

Inez Jasper, Sto:lo/Ojibway/Metis. Singer, songwriter, musician, actress and activist. One of four Indigenous artists featured on the MTV series "Rebel Music."


Rock Your Mocs: Suzette Amaya, Kwakwaka’ wakw/Cree/Nisga’a/Coast Salish.

Suzette Amaya, Kwakwaka’ wakw/Cree/Nisga’a/Coast Salish. "Big Brother Canada" contestant, radio producer, public speaker.

Rock Your Mocs: Jacob Pratt, Dakota/Salteaux.

Jacob Pratt, Dakota/Salteaux. Dancer, model, student, entrepreneur. Owner and creative director of Wambdi Dance.

Rock Your Mocs: Crystle Lightning, Enoch Cree.

Crystle Lightning, Enoch Cree. Hip Hop MC with LightningCloud and actress.

Rock Your Mocs: Tanis Parenteau, Metis/Cree/Sioux.

Tanis Parenteau, Metis/Cree/Sioux. Actress, most recently seen on Netflix series "House of Cards," and fitness advocate.

Here's also a now-famous video that photographer Thosh Collins made for Rock Your Mocs 2013 with dancer James Jones:

When the time comes, get ready to join in. In the meantime, here are some links:

Rock Your Mocs on Facebook:

Rock Your Mocs on Twitter: @ROCKYOURMOCS (and tag us at @indiancountry or @ICTMN_Arts if you like) and use the hashtag #RockYourMocs.

This piece was originally published on November 14, 2014.