“Indipino” Plenary Panelists

Meet our “Indipino” Panelists!

INDIPINO — Indian+Pilipino

We use the term “Indipino” to refer to people of mixed “Indian and Pilipino” heritage. We realize that there are other terms that folks use to indicate specificity such as Filipino Pomo, Filipino Ohlone, Bicolano and Coast Miwok, Kapampangan and Metis and others.

RULAN TANGEN (Kapampangan and Metis)

Rulan Tangen

Rulan Tangen’s dance journey centers around the founding of DANCING EARTH CREATIONS (DE) in 2004, after several decades of an international professional dance career in ballet, modern, powwow, opera, film and television.  Surviving cancer to discover her leadership purpose, DE provides hope and opportunity by cultivating a new generation of Native dancers through creative practice that explores intertribal diversity. Their performances are rooted in ecological themes guided by Native elders, touring to 15 states and 6 countries so far.

Tangen’s teaching credentials include Washington University’s Visiting Distinguished Scholar; guest artist instructor at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts for “RACE AND ENVIRONMENT”; Native Wellness Institute Leadership Academy; residencies at UC Riverside, Santa Fe Art Institute, Ft Lewis College, and ASU.

Her honors include the 2015 Arts & Social Change Award from the Arts and Healing network, , top ten finalist across disciplines for Nathan Cummings Fellowship for Social Change, first dance fellowship for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Costo Medal for Education, Research and Service by UC Riverside’s Chair of Native Affairs, Dance Magazine’s pick as one of “25 To Watch”, and New Mexico School for the Arts‘ Community Arts Leadership award.



DIVEENA S. MARCUS (Bicolano and Coast Miwok)

Diveena and Auggie

Diveena Marcus, Ph.D. Indigenous Studies, is a member of FIGR, Federal Indians of Graton Rancheria traditionally known as Tamalko (Coast Miwok)/Southern Pomo original peoples of Sonoma and Marin Counties of California and is also a descendant of the Klamath/Modoc of southern Oregon/Northern California.  In addition, Diveena has Bicolancestry from Southern Luzon, Philippines originating from the Village of Santa Magdelena within the Sorsogon province. She is culturally connected as a traditional ceremonial singer and an endangered language advocate.Diveena‘s reciprocating goal as an Elder, is to create bridges to the ancestors by re-cultivating Indigenous consciousness. Diveena works in advocating Tamal Machchawko (Coast Miwok language) with language learners by singing orginal secular songs composed in various voicings for the benefit of her community and family.  She is an advocate for wetland recultivation with education on wetland indigenous food sovereignty. Diveena presently works in Siskiyou County Fort Jones with the Quartz Valley Health Clinic under the Circles of Care program that supports Indigenous cultural wellbeing at the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation.
As an academic Diveena has included American Indigenous commentary on the Idle No More Movement while a Ph.D. student in Canada in the Duke University Press article “Indigenous Activism beyond Borders” South Atlantic Press. Diveena has contributed to the recent Routledge Native American Literature Companion in the the Chapter on Traditions “Indigenous Hermeneutics through Ceremony: Song, Language, and Dance”.  Her Ph.D. dissertation HIYA‘AA MA PICHAS ‘OPE MA HAMMAKO HE MA PAP’OYYISKO (LET US UNDERSTAND AGAIN OUR GRANDMOTHERS AND OUR GRANDFATHERS): MAP OF THE ELDERS: CULTIVATING INDIGENOUS NORTH CENTRAL CALIFORNIA CONSCIOUSNESS, has been nominated for the 2016-2017 President’s dissertation award.