CEO | CHIEF CREATIVE PRODUCER
Ryan is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group – a digital media company that focuses on telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences. In October 2013, Ryan founded Indian & Cowboy, the world’s only listener supported Indigenous podcast media network. Creatively, McMahon has grown the Red Man Laughing & Stories From The Land podcasts into major players in the Canadian digital media space.
VP OF MAKOONS CREATIVE
Gary Joseph, born and raised on Six Nations of the Grand River, has a wide range of creative and technical skills.
Gary works at SixTel Communications and Thru the RedDoor, both companies he founded and with the help of his core team, built from the ground up. SixTel provides high-speed Internet and VoIP services to the Six Nations community and Thru the RedDoor is an integrated production facility capable of providing audio, visual, web and streaming technologies under one roof, often at the same time.
Gary has created digital productions of every kind, from graphic design and photography, to video and interactive web sites. He has a wealth of experience creating programming for Thru the RedDoor and tailoring creative solutions for clients of all sizes. In addition, he has an extensive technical background in networking and Internet technologies. The system administrator for Six Nations Internet and SixTel Communications for over 14 years, he is responsible for cabled and wireless networks and server hosting environments.
VP OF MAKOONS DIGITAL
Wendell G. Collier is a media producer/director with over 15 years experience in the television & digital media landscape. He has developed and been a key creative for multiple digital content properties for web, including projects for Starbucks, Bio-therm, NFL Canada, Hudson’s Bay Co., Jameson, The Glenlivet, Sobey’s and Kijiji. In television, Wendell has been a director of photography and/or series director on primetime shows for Discovery, W Network, Food Network, and HGTV among others. A media industry veteran, Wendell brings his storytelling and innovative creative approach to the production design of each piece.
VP OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION
Shane Powless, also born and raised at Six Nations of the Grand River, is a sought-after digital photographer, designer and video producer. Having toured widely with dance and theatre groups, he possesses an in-depth knowledge of audio, visual and lighting production that has helped make him a specialist in the planning, execution, acquisition and delivery of beautifully captured and crafted video productions.
As part of the core team at Thru the RedDoor, Shane is the technical production manager and lead editor on many of the projects undertaken. He has collaborated with and created works for some of the most talented Indigenous artists in Canada, including Derek Miller, DJ Shub, Buffy St. Marie, Nick Sherman, A Tribe Called Red and the list goes on and on.
Shane has also worked extensively developing language and cultural resources as a member of the Kaweni:io Language Preservation Project, developing educational materials for the classroom and the community in print, video and for the web. Additionally, Shane is a specialist with SixTel Communications, performing all of their tower installations and maintenance.
Tara Williamson is a writer, musician, and educator. She has published numerous articles for indigenous and mainstream media as well as peer-reviewed academic journals. She has released 2 EPs and one full length album – Songs To Keep Us Warm – which was nominated for a 2017 Indigenous Music Award. She holds degrees in social work, law, and Indigenous governance. Tara is a member of the Opaskwayak Crew Nation and was raised in Gaabishkigamaag (Swan Lake, Manitoba).
VP OF NEWSLETTER & CONTENT INTEGRATION
Courtney is a proud Haudenosaunee woman, outspoken intersectional feminist, stand-up comic and producer. She was named one of This Magazine’s 25 Kick-Ass Activists of 2017 in their 50th anniversary issue. She produces BXD BXTCHXS, a monthly feminist stand-up show at Comedy Bar. She’s opened for Elvira Kurt, and appeared at Field Trip and the SheDot Festival. Her comedy writing has also been featured on CBC Comedy. Courtney’s comedy is witty, dark and provocatively feminist. You can follow her on Twitter @mohawkemotions
Designer & Developer
Jordan is a Web Developer and Graphic Designer living in Victoria BC. In addition to working with Indian and Cowboy, he works with the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation – an organization dedicated to promoting the use of Indigenous culture in Mental Health and Addictions treatment.
When he isn’t building websites, he’s spending time outside with his three daughters and his partner Stephenie. He also occasionally likes to build tiny video games, VR game prototypes, and apps.