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INNOVATOR PROFILE

HAATEPAH

Area of Expertise: Activism

"I got the name Haatepah from my auntie and uncle. They gave these names to me and my brother. It's important to reclaim those names because back in the mission era, we would be given names that were Spanish or that weren't Native. I feel like it's important to reclaim those names to honor our ancestors."
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Haatepah is a model who, after getting discovered on Instagram as a teenager, has since posed for the likes of Nike, Uniqlo, fashion photographer Damon Baker, and has signed a contract with Storm Management. Haatepah is Kumeyaay, Cahuilla, Apache, Yaqui and Chichimeca-Guamares, and uses his platform to advocate for Indigenous communities.

https://fashionista.com/2019/11/haatepah-model-interview?fbclid=IwAR1zSbrAYfRpZG1DNfxsJbvCCGh4JKSO9MQVKsyxZxvujXS8UueHEBWZs3g