“Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.”
Michael Daugherty is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, one of three federally recognized Shawnee Tribes. As an aspiring Shawnee artist, Michael also dreams of becoming a writer, filmmaker, and comic book creator. He loves creating new and meaningful art and he wants his art to reflect who he is as a Shawnee.
In December of 2016, Michael self-published his first children’s book on lulu.com called The Snake Hunter, about a little Shawnee boy named Eli Tecumseh who dreams of being a brave water protector like his dad, who is away fighting the “black snakes” that are destroying Mother Earth.
His second children’s book, Koko’s Secret Treasure, followed a few months later. It is about a young Shawnee girl who goes on a treasure hunt through Koko’s (Grandma’s) house to find her hidden treasure.
Like the two books mentioned above, Michael wants his future stories to have strong, beautiful, and resilient Shawnee characters. Whether he’s writing a book, short film, or painting a canvas, he wants the subject matter to be Shawnee. It is his hope that in the future he can translate his books into the Shawnee language to better help in the preservation of his ancestral language.
Michael’s first poetry publication was in This Land Press, a quarterly magazine out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June of 2014. (You can find his poem ‘Only Indians Can Talk to Animals’ on their website)
Michael is a visual artist who wishes to express himself through meaningful and powerful art, specifically inspired by his own culture and other cultures all across Indian Country, and has opened his first online store to sell his work.
Though they may seem small to some, Michael is very proud of his accomplishments. He hopes to publish many more books in many different genres in the future.