Saturday, January 05, 2008

winter blahs

The Indian Residential School Museum of Canada is seeking documentary materials for its initial setup
"In August 2003, a group from the Long Plain First Nation near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba proposed to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation in Ottawa to establish a Residential School Museum of Canada. Funding was approved, and work is now underway.

The Indian Residential School Museum of Canada will be situated in the former Portage Indian School (now the Rufus Prince Building) on Long Plain Reserve land adjoining the city of Portage la Prairie. Resolutions of support have been passed by both the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations.

Organizers of the Museum are seeking the help of MHS members and others who have information on the Indian Schools in Manitoba (or elsewhere). They are currently looking for any information, documents and photos relating to the following schools and the communities in which they operated:

* Portage Indian School (both schools: the Methodist School formed in 1880 and the more contemporary Presbyterian/United School which opened in 1911)
* Brandon Industrial School
* Sandy Bay Indian School
* Birtle Indian School
* Assiniboia Residential School
* Cecilia Jeffery Residential School - Kenora

Please contact:

Shanyn French Silinski
Project Coordinator,
Indian Residential School Museum of Canada
Long Plain First Nation
Box 430
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3B7
Cell: (204) 871-1045
Temporary office: (204) 252-2774"

Missing records complicate residential school claims.
"A growing number of former residential school students in Nunavut — especially those who attended one school in Manitoba — say they are having trouble receiving compensation, as the federal government claims there was no record of them attending the institution.
Most of the former students affected, including Arviat resident Charlotte St. John, attended the Churchill Vocational Centre in northern Manitoba."


Another Native art blog; The Soul of Native art- a Robert Sebastian Art Vision.

Exploring the Early Americas
"features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds."

French museum compelled to return Maori head, taken by French "collector" in 1875.
"When Christine Abanel, the French culture minister, stepped in to block the return of the head last fall, she said she was concerned that sending it back could set a precedent that would open the way to demands for the return of other human remains in French collections."


Online petition: Robert "Willie" Pickton should stand trial for remaining 20 murder charges he faces.

This guy is a real scumbag and will spend the rest of his life in jail... That is not the reason to have the second trial.
For too long, the police and city/federal/provincial authorities ignored that there was a problem. Now is not the time to let that.. disregard, slip away unnoticed.


Norval Morrisseau, finally laid to rest.
"Morrisseau was buried in a private ceremony earlier this week on a reserve in northwestern Ontario, next to his wife."


Native American Indian Culture & Art Videos, at Free Spirit Gallery.

James Luna's (LuiseƱo)"Emendatio" Opens in New York.
"James Luna's work challenges mainstream thought about Native culture," said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. "Through this multifaceted presentation, Luna responds to complex issues surrounding concepts of Native identity, origin and modernity."
"Luna's compelling works demand audiences worldwide to examine their own views and beliefs about Native peoples," said John Haworth (Cherokee), director of the George Gustav Heye Center."

A series of internal emails that chronicle some NMAI aftermath of the revelations that a quarter million dollars had been spent on the director's travel.
[Initial Washington Post story]"... spent more than $250,000 in institution funds over the past four years on first-class transportation and plush lodging in hotels around the world, including more than a dozen trips to Paris."
[Emails in WP follow-up]
"Sadly, many people and institutions will think twice before signing over checks to the NMAI as a result of the revelations and like myself, there are those who wonder, to what end did our own contributions go? I could have sent at least 25 deserving Indian students for a four year degree program anywhere in the US, or funded a wellness center or two on the Rez, or a sports program in many of the needy schools..."


It looks like federal "recognition of Native Hawaiians might go through in 2008.
"While the Hawaiian sovereignty movement has several strands - including calls for a complete withdrawal of U.S. governance and restoration of the Hawaiian monarchy, overthrown 115 years ago this month - the more likely prospect is that ethnic Hawaiians will eventually be granted the same limited independence (minus the casinos) that mainland Indian tribes already enjoy."

The Portland Art Museum hires new curator of Native American Art.
"Before Seattle, Strankman worked at two important institutions: the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington and the registration and conservation departments of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City."


2007 British Columbia Lifetime Creative Achievement Award For Aboriginal Art

2007 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art


The Transformation of Rick Bartow.
"His style of expression is self-taught. It wasn’t until 1979 that he began drawing and strictly in charcoal and graphite. He used images from newspapers as models for his first works. They were crude charcoal, monochromatic newsprint drawings. He noticed the Expressionist influence when the erasures were as important in determining the shapes of his images as the material applied. He often fixated on the symbolism of masks falling away from figures, literally representing the rediscovering of himself beneath his layers. "

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
"(ITK) is the national Inuit organization in Canada, representing four Inuit regions – Nunatsiavut (Labrador), Nunavik (northern Quebec), Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories. We live in the Canadian Arctic, the largest geographic part of Canada. This site reflects our ancient and modern history. It allows us to communicate to the global community instantly, making the notion of a "Global Village" more real."

Southern California Indian Center, Inc.
"(SCIC) is a non-profit... community-based organization serving the American Indian, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian communities of Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties"

Alaskan Public Radio Network Podcasts
It looks like much of their content is available for download.

Tim Giago article: The Powerful Medicine of Michael Haney
"... just before his death, that gentle giant Seminole Indian, Michael Haney, held a ceremony to place bad medicine on the Washington football team, and on any other sporting team that used Native Americans as mascots. That included the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs, Florida State Seminoles (Michael hated that fact that he was Seminole and the Florida Seminole tribe allowed Florida State to desecrate his people) and the Atlanta Braves and their hideous tomahawk chop.

As I watched the game on NBC, I was grateful that the cameras did not pan the painted and feathered white and black folks seated in the crowd. But just as sure as there is a Space Needle in Seattle, I knew that the spirit of my friend Michael Haney would prevail..."

"... Our other passion is creating something out of nothing. To celebrate all that is discarded, and to bring light to the beauty that we take for granted as a society. Not all our products are totally manufactured out of post consumer waste, but the majority are. We are working daily to bring you new, creative, and functional art that you will be proud to display, and blush at the attention it brings."


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