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Tracey Schmidt

The Awakening of Turtle Island has toured these Museums and Galleries since 1996:
At the age of 19, Tracey Schmidt traveled to Japan to live in a Buddist monastery. Her spiritual practices there awakened a desire to return to America in search of a tradition that was as authentic and indigenous in America as Buddism had been for her in Japan.

The Awakening of Turtle Island mirrors that search and represents, for her, a way to share with America what she has found among Native American culture.

A still photographer with numerous publications, she began her documentary film and video work with the native films Of Earth and Sky and Voices in the Wind, a PBS docu-drama.

Ms. Schmidt was invited to teach at Julia Cameron's (The Artist's Way) Taos Creativity Camp in 2000, and continues to teach creativity near her home in the southeast.

Ms. Schmidt attended Georgia State University and the Portfolio Center where she studied literature and photography.

  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA 1995
  • Cultural Olympiad,"Festivals of Fire" Gwinnett Arts Center Atlanta, GA 1996
  • The Chieftain's Native American Museum, Rome, GA 1997
  • Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Hartsfield Airport, Atlanta, GA 1997
  • Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville, GA 1998
  • Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC 1998
  • Blue Ridge Arts Association, Blue Ridge, GA 1998
  • Kituwah National Native American Festival, Asheville, NC 1998
  • University of Georgia, Athens, GA 1998
  • Cherokee Museum of American Indians, Cherokee, NC 2000
  • Rheinhardt College Native American Museum, Waleska, GA 1999-2000
  • McMinn Living History Museum, TN 2000
  • Carolina Foothills Artisans Center, Chesnees, SC Oct-Nov 2001
Ms. Schmidt currently resides near Asheville, NC