Sunday, September 09, 2007

mammatus

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Examples of mammatus clouds, from our backyard this week.

Bingorage. broken vulture art photography; mammatus clouds.

Bingorage. broken vulture art photography; mammatus clouds.

Bingorage. broken vulture art photography; mammatus clouds.

Bingorage. broken vulture art photography; mammatus clouds.

Bingorage. broken vulture art photography; mammatus clouds.

A classic example of "honouring" Native North Americans?

Guinness poster
A "modern" honouring, from Finland [passed on, by my man in Scandihoovia, Will Lahti]; in the form of temporary tattoo.
koff wild indian beer

broken vulture art

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Blanket Stories. Seneca artist, Marie Watt at the Wright museum. Sept.7-Dec.16.
"In a 2003 statement, Watt described her vision. "On a wall, a blanket functions as a tapestry, but on a body it functions as a robe and living art object," she said. "…Blankets hang around in our lives and families – they gain meaning through use. My work is about social and cultural histories embedded in commonplace objects.

"I consciously draw from indigenous design principles, oral traditions and personal experience to shape the inner logic of the work I make."


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An unmarked genocide? A Guardian, UK, article.
"... To an extent this was not an exhibition of Native American civilisation so much as an exhibition of the reconstruction of that civilisation after its destruction. Not in the sense of an invented tradition but in the sense of rebuilding from the fragments of what remained after a continental genocide.

The author of the catalogue recalls being sent off to a church school, aged six, to have his beliefs educated out of him. All of this is well known of course for western tribes, but perhaps less so for these north Pacific ones. An entire culture destroyed and then, slowly and carefully, recreated..."


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Powwows.Com Radio

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The Ontario government is on the way to building a forestry training program for Pikangikum First Nation, in Northwestern Ontario. There is little opportunity to find employment in that remote a location, so this initiative will probably be welcomed. However; the rate at which the forest industry is being "downsized", lack of transportation infrastructure and the economic realities of environmental concerns, may shorten the project's viability.

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Norman Akers, Osage; "pushes boundaries of native art".
"Lawrencians can see his work starting Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The exhibition is one of several events marking the weekend that would have launched the 19th annual Lawrence Indian Art Show. Funding and management difficulties canceled that juried exhibition, and the arts center filled the vacancy with "Paintings by Norman Akers."

The one-man show will complement the more traditional work being peddled at the Haskell Indian Art Market on Saturday and Sunday, says Rick Mitchell, arts center gallery director."


Ontario conservative leader is backpedaling from his creationist gaffe.

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Open Letter - Anniversary of the Shooting Death of Anthony "Dudley" George - September 6, 2007
Dear Legislators:

Today is the 12th anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed Native
protester Anthony "Dudley" George at Ipperwash Park, an event that continues
to have a profound impact on all residents of Ontario.
In May the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry offered hope that its
98 recommendations might contain the seeds of a better future for First
Nations people who live in this province.
"The provincial government and other institutions must redouble their
efforts to build successful, peaceful relations with the aboriginal peoples in
Ontario so we can all live peacefully and productively," said Justice Sidney
Linden, releasing his 1500-page report after hearing 140 witnesses over
25 months.
On June 29, the 42 member communities of the Anishinabek Nation launched
an Era of Action campaign to martial support for the Ipperwash Inquiry's key
recommendations. Thousands of postcards have been distributed across Ontario
petitioning signatures to urge Ontario's premier to work with the federal
government and First Nations to establish the Treaty Commission of Ontario, a
permanent, independent and impartial agency to facilitate the settling of land
and treaty claims in the province.
As the Oct. 10 provincial election approaches, First Nation citizens
across Ontario are expecting to see candidates' platforms reflect Ipperwash
Inquiry report recommendations designed to reverse what Commissioner Linden
called "centuries of discrimination and dispossession."
Following the upcoming provincial election, we will present the incoming
premier with postcards signed by municipal mayors, Ontario legislators,
members of Parliament, clergy, teachers, and other citizens who expect the new
government to maintain the momentum established by the Ipperwash Inquiry
report.
Ontario's next government needs to use those actions as a foundation upon
which to build respectful relationships with aboriginal and First Nations
peoples. It has already been clearly demonstrated that Dudley George's death
was needless. The provincial government must now show it has learned from the
tragedy.

All my relations,

(signed)
John Beaucage
Grand Council Chief
Anishinabek Nation


For further information: UNION OF ONTARIO INDIANS, Head Office:
Nipissing First Nation, P.O. Box 711, North Bay, Ontario, P1B 8J8, Phone:
(705) 497-9127, Fax: (705) 497-9135, E-mail: info@anishinabek.ca,
http://www.anishinabek.ca


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2 comments:

big dumb farmboy said...

Since I sent you said tattoo, they changed the name from "wild indian" to "indian corn beer". Same logo. They recieved a lot of consumer pressure from folks who opposed to "wild indian" beer. i'm not sure that "indian" beer is any better, although i have had beers with indians before. theres been a bunch of letters to newspapers etc again so maybe next it will be just "corn beer"?
nice to see you posting again. i was worried for a minute in august, thought you mighta gone awol or something.
got another show coming up in december.

Hoka-shay-honaqut said...

Yeah, I know. Sorry about the August lag. Camping, whingeing, travel, procrastination, etc, etc.
:Eric