Nathan Johnson

Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation

Juried Artist since 2016
Image of Nathan Johnson in regalia.
Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson is a member of the NAMMY award winning Northern style drum group; Black Thunder Singers. He has been heavily involved in the powwow circuit since he was a child. He is a contemporary grass dancer and also a traditional northern dancer. Additionally, he specializes in parfleché, which is a plains-style painted rawhide, and elaborately painted carved horse/bird dance sticks.

Artist Statement

I have traveled the country, going to various powwows and gatherings. I’ve been fortunate to have been given opportunities to learn from well-experienced crafters. I mainly specialize in parfleché, which is a plains-style painted rawhide and elaborately painted carved horse/bird dance sticks.

The majority of my designs are original I will also create a design that compliments a dancer’s regalia. You can find my pieces worn at powwows all across the US and Canada. Other areas of my work include quillwork, beadwork, ledger art and sewing appliqué.

Though by blood I am  Abenaki,  Miqmaq and Scottish descent, I live each day in the Lakota ways and beliefs that were taught to me by my Hunka Tiyospiye (adopted family). Because of this, my pieces are more of a plains style influence than eastern woodland.

I’d like to thank those who have gone before me and fought so that we may live freely in our traditional ways. Without their sacrifices and courage, we would not be here.





2012 Dancer in the movie Crooked Arrows


2013  Two Worlds. WMNF 88.5 FM. Tampa, FL


2012 First  Place in Craft Show. Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Powwow. Warner, NH

2011 Best Powwow Record by Black Thunder. Native American Music Awards

Other Affiliations

  • Black Thunder Singers
  • American Indian Movement, NH Chapter
  • Vermont Abenaki Artists Association