About the Creator of PrEPahHontoz

Sheldon Raymore is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and lives in New York City.  Since 2014 their mission has been to increase HIV/AIDS awareness, sexual health education, and accessibility of PrEP services for the Two Spirit community and beyond.  They are the creator of www.PrEPahHontoz.com which provides an enriching awareness experience, with culturally competent and appropriate methods of increasing PrEP awareness. The PrEPahHontoz Tipi project decreases social and cultural stigma's associated with HIV/AIDS, and HIV Prevention. It also disseminates correct information about HIV and it's history in the Native American community, while utilizing "culture as prevention."   They currently volunteer for the American Indian Community House, serve on a Native American "Ending the Epidemic" Advisory Group with the AIDS Institute of New York State and serve on NMAC's Native Constituent Advisory Panel (CAP).

      

They are a Native American Storyteller, 2nd Generation Tipi Maker, Visual Artist, Actor, Choreographer, Cultural Consultant, and an award winning Grass Dancer.  The South Dakota Native recently finished touring with Heather Henson's "Ajijaak on Turtle Island" theatre production (2015-2018).  Captivating and moving, Sheldon also starred in ABC’s Born to Explore,  “Legend of Dance” with Richard Weiss, where they were the featured grass dancer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Raymore was also a Fancy dance & grass dance staple when they performed with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at the Theatre for the New City in Manhattan's lower east side during the show's February 2016 run. The Lakota Artist has been inspiring young traditional Native American dancers for more than 25 years, making them one of the most sought after grass dancers in New York. Sheldon's brilliant technique and spellbinding execution prompted New York's Indigenous Based Theater Company Eagle Project, to recruit the visionary to work their magic and Co-choreograph Eagle Project's 2015 off broadway production of "Trail of Tears", at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Bringing both Native and Non-Native audience members to their feet every evening with tears in their eyes. The Sioux performer was also awarded the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Community Arts Fund "2015 Performance Art" Grant. Ever the consummate keeper of tradition, they continue to cultivate their artistry, with the upmost integrity, humility, and authenticity, letting the love for their culture shine through in all that they do.