Storyteller; UDAM Teaching Artist; Visual Artist
SD Youngwolf is a painter, maskmaker, gourd artist, and storyteller. He is greatly inspired by his Cherokee heritage and Indigenous culture, and has received numerous awards for his work at art shows and competitions nationwide. SD has been involved in work with cultural preservation in Indigenous communities both in this country and worldwide. In his teaching, he incorporates learning, not only in art, but in history and cultural studies as well, in individual and group projects derived from indigenous art forms such as mask making, gourd art or painting in sand.
“I have taught art and told stories for over 20 years, to students ranging from kindergarten to seniors. Projects I have facilitated include learning about the tribes and cultures from which they originate. I usually include stories and music/songs as a part of my teaching.”
In storytelling, SD imparts through entertaining stories values and life lessons from his own cultural background and from indigenous tribal groups from around the world.