Dancing for my tribe

Potawatomi tradition in the new millenium


  • Sharon Hoogstraten


trail of death, potawatomi, art

Author Biography

Sharon Hoogstraten

A photographer, animator, and graphic designer, Sharon Hoogstraten is best known for her portraits of Potawatomi Indians in regalia and for her Emmy award-winning animated openings for television news programs. She received a BS in Professional Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught Graphic Communication at UIC as an adjunct associate professor. Hoogstraten’s large-format canvas portraits of Potawatomi Indians have been exhibited in numerous museums and institutions, including AMBS, and are included in the permanent collection of the Citizens Band Potawatomi Cultural Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Her work can also be seen at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.