Festival Guests


 Dianne Derby

Dianne joined the KKTV 11 News team in April of 2012 and since then has covered some of the most important stories in the state including the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, the Aurora theater shooting and the presidential election. Dianne's interview with President Obama gained national attention. She comes to Colorado Springs from Greenville, South Carolina where she was an investigative and consumer reporter for five years. Prior to that, Dianne was a Crime and Safety reporter in Savannah, Georgia, where she began her career.


Katy Dunn 

Katy is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified Instuctor in Prajna Yoga. She studied with Tias Little in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 14 years. Katy recieved her 200 hour certification in 2003, then went on to earn her 500 hour certification in 2008. Katy has been teaching consistently for 14 years. She is currently teaching seven classes a week, three in her home studio, two for Kaiser Permanente, and two for School District 20.


Kelly Holmes

Founded Native Max & Other Media Ventures, LLC. and Native Max Magazine. Kelly has generated stories and content for each issue, she oversees all operations of the magazine contributors as well as the corporal, sales and marketing team. Winner of the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award, presented by the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO. She was also a finalist in The Shorty Awards; "like the Oscars for Social Media," in the fashion category.


Matoska Dancers

The Matoska Dancers instruct Native American dance, drumming and singing to youth in the Pikes Peak area who are interested in learning about Native American Dance and Culture. Matoska, means “white bear,” in the Lakota language.  Our mission is to build youth leadership skills through community service while entertaining and educating the community about Native American Dance. The Matoska Dancers as an educational outreach program of One Nation Walking Together.  


Maria Gil

Born in Harlem, New York City, Maria Gil was immersed in a myriad of sounds and styles of music. Maria sings songs of her Arawak/Taino heritage, a language once thought forgotten. An enrolled member of the United Confederation of Taino People, Maria has performed at various pow wows, festivals, colleges and museums throughout the NY-NJ-CT tri state area with Kasibahagua Taino Cultural Society, a Taino educational/performance group. Now living in Colorado, Maria has continued to sing with various inter-tribal drum groups throughout Southern Colorado at pow wows and festivals, always with the intent of sharing the joy and healing power of singing, and to connect with the ancestors in song. Maria's Taino name is Mautia’ri (Brave Spirit of the Dawn).  Maria Gil has performed at the Sangre de Cristo Performing Arts Center for the Hospice Memorial in Pueblo, and has opened for the following Grammy/Nammy recording artists Robert Mirabal at the Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta, Co, and Yolanda Martinez in Colorado Springs, CO through One Nation Walking Together.


Samuel “Tamehorse” Gallegos

Sam is a professional Native American dancer and singer of Mescalero Apache and Southern Cheyenne descent.  He began his singing career when he was five years old in the local church choir.  Samuel has been involved in creating several traditional drum groups including Among the Elk and Thundering Earth Singers and formed the Native American dance troupe, Northern Wind Native American.                

Sam is currently working on starting Red Nation, a new Native American Cultural Center located in Pueblo, CO.  Samuel enjoys giving cultural and educational presentations throughout southern Colorado.

Waldo Canyon Firestorm

Click Here