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Jonas Banta

Grad Student
Environmental Art + Social Practice MFA Candidate

Jonas Banta is a first-year MFA student in the Environmental Art and Social Practice program at UC Santa Cruz. He holds a BA in Indigenous Environments and a minor in Studio Art from Pitzer College. Jonas was born and raised in Dehgeyay Kaq’, also known as Anchorage, Alaska, where he learned to fish, make pictures, build community, and love his home. His research explores the intersections between Indigenous sovereignty and cultural-ecological restoration, focusing on anadromous fish habitat. Jonas is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara.