NAP

2024

3's

Common Cultural Characteristics 


Welcome 

Cultural Consultation

Cultural Consulting

Mr. Edward Keith Colston is a Southern Band Tuscarora and enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. His clan is Rawkwiss (Turtle). He serves as a cultural consultant representing Native Americans/American Indians/Indigenous Peoples. As a visual performance artist, Mr. Colston initiates a wide range of activities that promote tribal people and cultural awareness. Through a cultural viewpoint, Native American history and perspectives are given a better understanding. Insight on topics of diversity, health cultural awareness that assists with DEI programs and opportunities.

 

Unity is vital to tribal people. For this reason, NAP have partnered with such groups as Red Crooked Sky, Native Pride and Red Blanket to bridge people together. When not performing, Mr. Colston serves as master-of ceremonies for Native gatherings all over Turtle Island (North America).


Lectures and Speaker Series

HIGHLIGHTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

● Missing and Murdered Native Americans and Alaska Natives Awareness Day & Red Shawl Honoring for the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered Native Americans, Operation Lady Justice. May 5, 2021, Washington, D.C. 

● United States Geological Survey, Office of Tribal Relations, November 18, 2020, Virtual. 

● U.S. Agency for Global Media, Office of Civil Rights National American Indian Heritage Month Celebration, November 18, 2019–2019, Washington, DC. 

● Keynote, Aberdeen Proving Ground Military Installation, CCDC National American Indian Heritage Observance. November 26, 2019, Aberdeen, Maryland. 

● Nanticoke Tribe Historical Land Marker Presentation. October 14, 2019, Georgetown, Delaware. 

● Indigenous People’s Day, University of Maryland. October 17, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland. 

● Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. November 2, 2017, Annapolis Junction, Maryland. 

● Inter-tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress, National Conservation Training Center. July 5, 2016, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. 

● Keynote, 41st Annual North Carolina Indian Unity Conference, United Tribes of North Carolina. March 11, 2016, Raleigh, North Carolina. 

● Master of Ceremonies, Commemorating 40 Years of Powwow.  (List of past speaking engagements available upon request).

Visual Performances

Visual Performance:

The visual performances are highly educational and entertaining. The vibrant colors

along with the energetic movements causes the audience to watch with anticipation. Words and actions held in balance not only to teach, yet to amaze the young and adults. Through each presentation, stereotypes are dispelled, and common cultural characteristics are felt during audience participation and viewing. Mindset of unity vs division. DEI models and strategies are components of each sharing.

Native America’s Protectors, LLC is a group of Native American consultants organized to represent the culture of our people in a positive and productive manner. Through cultural workshops and visual presentations, we allow the non-native to gain a better understanding of what culture means to us as a people.  Native America’s Protectors, LLC partners with Native American organizations and non-native entities to promote cultural as well as educational events.


MASTER OF CEREMONIES POW WOW ENGAGEMENTS 



Native America's Protector's (NAP) is designed to showcase what ethnicities have in common versus what separates us. Diversity should not divide us, yet to realize the three C's (Cultural Common Characteristics) we share. NAP lectures on the American Indian Tribes/Indigenous communities concerning historical facts and contemporary events. The lecture will also involve topics on various traditions and customs of American Indians in North America.  There are various dances that will be shared with the audience during the programs. The Crow Hop, Snake Dance, Men’s Fancy, Men’s Traditional and the Round Dance are just some of the dance styles that are part of our “gatherings” and “pow-wows” (during solo presentations). Group presentations not only allow for male dances, also female dance demonstrations such as women's traditional, women's jingle and women's fancy shawl. The dances are explained in detail and audience participation is welcomed.  Explanation of the music/songs, how it connects to the dance and as a whole to the culture is provided.  Statistical and census data is provided in reference to tribal people.  Throughout the event, stereotypes are dispelled and discussion takes place between him and the audience.