back to top

This Indigenous Teen's Reaction To Her Grad Gift Will Make You Feel Things

I'm not crying. You're crying.

Posted on

This is Moneek Denny. She's an 18-year-old member of the Navajo tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

So, as a graduation present, her parents decided to surprise her with something she will cherish forever.

And we're so glad they caught it on camera.


For those who don't know, it is frowned upon in most Indigenous cultures to pay money for feathers.

Moneek says, "I was taught to never buy feathers. If you get some for trade or if you are lucky and they are found, I see it as a symbol from above."

She says her parents came across the feathers for her fan and started getting them "fixed and prepared by a good friend" about two years ago.

Cree. Canadian. Comedienne.

Contact Jaydon Ono at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.