Tanaya Winder is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen.
Tanaya’s performances and talks emphasize the importance of “heartwork”—the life path one is meant to follow by using his/her/their gifts and passions. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self-love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love). Tanaya believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share. Her specialties include: youth & women empowerment, healing trauma through art, creative writing workshops, and mental wellness advocacy.
Contributions to HumansandNature.org:
- On the Wings of Prayer
A response to “What kind of ancestor do you want to be?”
- Tanaya Winder homepage
Learn more about Tanaya Winder’s writing and performing.
- Thirteen Ways of Loving a Blackbird
Watch a video of a poem by Tanaya Winder.
- Love Lessons in a Time of Settler Colonialism
Read a poem by Tanaya Winder.
- Igniting Healing
Watch Tanaya Winder’s talk at TEDx.