Nikki Shawana is an Indigenous artist from the Odawa Nation (Anishinaabe), Eagle clan.
Her roots are from Wiikwemkoong, Manitoulin Island, however, she grew up in Southern Ontario. Nikki currently resides and raises her family in Norfolk County.
Nikki started Pow Wow dancing at an early age as a way to keep connected to her Anishinaabe culture while growing up in an urban setting. As a teenager, she gathered teachings from Elders, dancers, singers and crafts people in her community and the powwow trail. Growing up in Southern Ontario, Nikki learned many teachings, songs,
dances and language from the Haudenosaunee as well. She quickly found herself as a role model for other youth in her community that wanted to learn more about their culture.
For the past 15 years, Nikki has been educating others about Indigenous culture through performances, workshops, classes and speaking engagements at various schools, community organizations and special events throughout Ontario and New York State.
In 2015, Nikki graduated from Fanshawe College with a Developmental Services Worker Diploma and has since been working supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities. She strives to create an inclusive and supportive environment for every individual who participates in her workshops.
Today, Nikki is a well-known and reputable Pow Wow Dancer, Hoop Dancer, Singer and Crafts person. She continues to gather teachings from Elders and community members and is passionate about teaching others about Indigenous culture through the Arts