#NativeNerd Column: A list of awesome Native nerd-friendly Twitter accounts
Happy Friday all. It has been a great day for Indian Country and Indigenous People as the Indigenous People’s March took over Washington D.C. It was great to see a lot of cool folks out there that I know speaking and representing for Native people. Good stuff!
This week I thought I would share a few cool Native peeps out there who bring a bit of fun to my social media timeline. I am literally doing this on a Friday afternoon with a few folks in mind, but I already have the feeling I am going to forget to add a few awesome folks - so PLEASE don’t hesitate to remind me and I will post updates to this article right away. I might even create a whole ‘nother article.
So here goes, A list of cool Native nerd-friendly accounts to follow on social media
FOLLOW AT - @JeffreyVeregge
For God sakes, he is a comic artist! He’s worked at Marvel! As he describes on his Twitter profile, he is an “award-winning Native American Comic Artist/Designer!” and is Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe.
He also mentions that he “currently has a Marvel art exhibit at the Smithsonian in NY: Of Gods & Heroes.”
Jeffrey Veregge on Twitter
“The entire episode felt like a feature film...was the greatest season premiere since Amok Time. Gonna be a great year for us Trekkies!!! https://t.co/mrO6lMejlO”
Lisa J. Ellwood
FOLLOW AT - @WomanistNerd
Lisa J. Ellwood is a contributor to Indian Country Today who also manages our immaculate Press Pool. But did you know she also wrote a gaming supplement book about Native Vampires? YES!
She is Lenape & Nanticoke and an accomplished Artist, Graphic Artist and avid gamer - follow this account for much Native Nerdiness.
Lisa J. Ellwood on Twitter
“My first ever opp to write & design for #games is also my 1st pub work as a creative writer: an Eastern Woodlands Vampire Origin Story. Pls support! 😊 #DescendantsOfThe3Sisters #DarkNewEngland #vtm #storytellersvault #NativeWriter #SupportNativeWriters https://t.co/RpGWnUkXvw”
FOLLOW AT - @JayOdjick
Go Jay! Get Busy! Jay Odjick is an awesome Algonquin Artist, Writer and the Executive Producer on KAGAGI: The Animated Series which plays on APTN, FNX and NITV. Jay is an amazing artist and an enjoyable conversationalist on social media.
Jay Odjick on Twitter
“Have literally had nightmares about this. 'Raining spiders': airborne arachnids appear over south-east Brazil https://t.co/Zz5uTxl0E1”
FOLLOW AT - @odaminowin
She makes games, comics and has an overall awesome timeline. With a tweet that says: "Jogging around the house in circles to hatch eggs in Pokémon GO. That mom life," Beth is AWESOME.
Beth LaPensée on Twitter
“Joust is still my favorite co-op game to this day because of its lack of collision detection and the nostalgia of playing with friends who could just as easily turn on you, sometimes just on clunky accident.”
FOLLOW AT - @Loren_Anthony_
Watch out for this one, folks. Loren is not for the faint of heart. But truthfully, he is hilarious, if sometimes a bit inappropriate. But hilariously inappropriate.
Loren is an actor who recently appeared in Red Dead Redemption and several movies. In all truth, I am sincerely proud of his outreach to youth, elders and more. He lives the warrior spirit. I am proud to know him. It is an added bonus that he is beyond funny.
Loren Anthony on Twitter
“I don’t know if I should dress up in my formal wear or workout clothes for today’s @NNPrezNez Presidential Inauguration #NezForPrez”
He can also bench press a Volkswagen as is evident in his weightlifting tweets.
FOLLOW AT - @johnniejae
Johnnie Jae aka The Brown Ball of Fury on Twitter
“WHY!???? @UncededClothing @apihtawikosisan have exposed me to this nightmare and I need to get rid of my eyes and ears now. I can't...I just can't 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/LcPRkMwp0B”
A Tribe Called Geek
FOLLOW AT - @tribecalledgeek
Follow for the name alone!! Calling themselves the account for the Geeks at the Powwow, A Tribe Called Geek is an award-winning media platform for Indigenous Geek Culture & STEM. (Science, Technology, Math and Science fields)
Check them out and follow!
P.S. - they have cool stuff to buy.
A Tribe Called Geek on Twitter
“If you're scratching your head wondering what to get the Native Geek in your family, scratch no more! Shop @tribecalledgeek for all your Indigenerd Needs @ https://t.co/2nFYrPLrsU We're still uploading designs to the new shop but you can shop the oldies @ https://t.co/1DS7ew2adN”
FOLLOW AT - @YazzieSays
He has equipment on MARS!!!!
As he writes on his Twitter profile, Aaron Yazzie is Navajo. And the Mechanical Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — which “manages many of NASA's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system and our universe.” as described by @NASAJPL,.
And remember that latest #MarsLanding craft? Yeah, some of his equipment is on it …
Aaron Yazzie on Twitter
“Goodness gracious! @NASAInSight has landed successfully!! My 1st space flight hardware is now my first Mars hardware! (I created the Pressure Inlet on the top deck) I am so proud of this milestone in my career. Congrats to everyone on the team & best wishes for surface ops!”
FOLLOW AT - @AliNahdee
Creator, gamer and creator of the Aila Test, Ali is Anishinaabe / Ojibwa is a fun follow and posts oodles about movies and criticizes the lacking Native elements.
Ali Nahdee on Twitter
“This is a strange question but I’m curious: To everyone on NDN Tumblr/Twitter who belong to / participate in fandoms, which ones were the most intolerant or anti-native?”
FOLLOW AT - @sheyahshe
His Twitter description is | indigenous | comics | technology | popCulture - so … yeah. He’s also part of the Indigenous Comics Collection Moonshot. Support them on Kickstarter … see Michael’s tweet below.
Michael Sheyahshe on Twitter
“there's still time ⏰ to support Moonshot vol. 3 on #kickstarter https://t.co/XAG3x3rbUD @AHComicsInc @odaminowin @weshoyot @richardvancamp @JayOdjick @leefrancisIV @JonProudstar @royboney @daledeforest”
FOLLOW AT - @alinapete
A self-proclaimed geek and Nehiyaw (Cree) cartoonist with a cockatiel named Meg.
Alina Pete on Twitter
“Me: I'm eating crackers and soup for lunch but have cleverly hidden the crackers so Meg can't find them. Meg: *rustling noises* Meg: *goes running past with a cracker as big as her whole body*”
Daniel Heath Justice
FOLLOW AT - @justicedanielh
Anyone who describes themselves as a “Colorado-born Cherokee Nation/ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ citizen, scholar, fantasy writer. Ph.D., FRSC. Queer Cherokee hobbit, badger and raccoon partisan, beet nemesis. He/him” Gets an IMMEDIATE follow from me … I suggest any nerd or geek loving account holders follow as well…
Daniel Heath Justice on Twitter
“This is an awesome description of what it is to be human. Read the whole thread--it's a thing of vivid, visceral beauty. (Follow @ChuckWendig and you get all kinds of cool stuff like this to read.) https://t.co/JostFFlOFU”
FOLLOW AT - @RoanhorseBex
Rebecca is a Nebula, Hugo & Campbell-winning fiction writer and a contributing author in the anthology “Hungry Hearts.” Go Rebecca!! Not to mention she is also the author of “TRAIL OF LIGHTNING!”
Rebecca Roanhorse should be writing on Twitter
“What do you do when a bad boy rolls into town promising to fix all your problems, but your biggest problem is your mother? Read my deliciously creepy YA story about mothers, daughters and murder at a high-end Indigenous restaurant in this awesome anthology. https://t.co/8XE4zqOitE”
My wife Delores Schilling
FOLLOW AT - @DelSchilling
OK, LOOK ... yes, there is bias here. But my gosh, no one cracks me up as much as Del. She is SUPER nerd friendly and just a delight to follow.
Delores Schilling on Twitter
“And, FYI, The Hand Soap Was Not Acting Right! It was not like the Way Hand Soaps Usually are and I Had No Choice But to Scream and Flee. And as You Know, The Fake Christmas Tree's "Trunk" was NOT Convincing. It's like it wasn't Even Trying... So Tackling was the Best Option. https://t.co/rAfU3eEFRz”
Last but not least …
ICT's Native Nerd
FOLLOW AT - @ICTNativeNerd
My personal journalist / Associate Editor Twitter account of course is @VinceSchilling.
Vincent Schilling on Twitter
“#NativeNerd Column: A list of awesome Native nerd-friendly Twitter accounts https://t.co/o7KDGkfPgR”
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I absolutely know 100% there are a ton of other GREAT accounts out there … PLEASE share them with me!
Have a great weekend!