top of page

SHORT BIO

Dr. Lyla June Johnston (aka Lyla June) is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective, and ecological healing. She blends her study of Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives and solutions. Her doctoral research focused on the ways in which pre-colonial Indigenous Nations shaped large regions of Turtle Island (aka the Americas) to produce abundant food systems for humans and non-humans.

MUSIC

LONGER BIO

Dr. Lyla June Johnston (aka Lyla June) is a poet, singer-songwriter, hip-hop artist, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous issues and solutions, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma, and traditional land stewardship practices. She blends her study of Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives and solutions. Her doctoral research focused on the ways in which pre-colonial Indigenous Nations shaped large regions of Turtle Island (aka the Americas) to produce abundant food systems for humans and non-humans. Her internationally acclaimed live performances are conveyed through the medium of speech, hip-hop, poetry, and acoustic music. Her personal goal is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper.

photos

Click Herefor high res photos

Rug dress stanford
Lyla Jean Jacket
Lyla Guitar
Lyla Guitar 2
Lyla Face
Lyla Desert
Lyla At Unity Concert 2014
All Nations Rise

quotes & press

video

Screen Shot 2019-09-13 at 12.48.58 PM.pn

"A voice for indigenous rights..." -The Timberjay

Lyla June on Al Jazeera (AJ+):

"[Lyla] works with Indigenous elders around the country to uncover the genius of the continents original cultivators." 

-Yes Magazineon Lyla June's PhD Research with Indigenous Food Systems

"...in our language Sodizin means both “song” and “prayer.” So in my upbringing, music was all about deep intention to make the world a better place. Music was seen as a healer and singers were viewed as doctors."

-The Navajo Times, Arizona, 2018

"A 27-year-old woman who has traveled the world bringing activism and love to humanity."

-Winona Daily Times, Minnesota, 2016

"Lyla June spoke about the importance of including indigenous voices and performed her song 'All Nations Rise,' to a standing ovation."

-The Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017

awards

Recipient. PEO Scholar Award. PEO International. 2019.

Recipient. Lives of Commitment Award. Auburn Seminary. 2017.

Recipient. AAUW Graduate Women Scholarship. University of New Mexico. May 2016.
Winner. 15th Annual John Milton Oskison Writing Competition. Stanford University. March 2010.
Winner. Best Poet. Taos People’s Choice Awards. 2007.
Winner. Do Something National Poetry Slam Champion. New York, NY. 2006.

bottom of page