Monday, May 26, 2008

chiefs machetes moons thefts fences

Grand Council Treaty #3 elects first female Grand Chief.

Manitoba band compensated, century after land swindle.
"In 1907, descendents of an Ojibwa band led by Chief Peguis were removed from their fertile farm land in Petersfield, about 50 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
The entire population was relocated to a parcel of rocky swamp on Lake Winnipeg."

Non-Native takeover, of Native American Bank?
"... the bank remains one of the most profitable in the country... The bank has been a gathering point for a growing number of Native-owned businesses... Two of the three members oversee other banks: Lewis Anderson is president and CEO of Woodlands National Bank. And William Snider is vice chairman and CFO for United Western Bancorp, based in Denver.
Snider and Anderson are non-Native - as is McLean, the interim president, and Tracie Davis, the former CFO who was brought back to the bank under a 90-day contract..."

Amazonian Indians attack Brazil official over proposed dam.
"Tensions were running high at the meeting, where about 1,000 Amazon Indians met with activists to protest the proposed dam on the Xingu River. Environmentalists warn it could destroy the traditional fishing grounds of Indians living nearby and displace as many as 15,000 people.
"He's lucky he's still alive," said Partyk Kayapo, whose uses his tribe's name as his last. "They want to make a dam and now they know they shouldn't."

Protection of indigenous media sought at the UN.
"Indigenous advocates want the United Nations to help draft laws protecting the rights of Native people to own media and for the prosecution of those who kill or persecute their journalists.
The issues of indigenous rights to ownership and free expression come on the heels of a series of murders of Native broadcasters in Oaxaca, Mexico: two in early April and then two more three weeks later..."


Marcie Rendon is putting on some Native Theatre in the Twin Cities.

Includes an uncensored version of Borders Uncrossed, as discussed in a previous post.

Last week's full moon, setting.

full moon, fort frances

full moon, fort frances


One of the great bands; WEEZER, brings every internet meme to the table in Pork and Beans.


Several (gold) Bill Reid pieces stolen from UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
"It's Bill Reid's art. It's pretty much priceless," said Macrae. "For that stuff to go missing it's really a terrible thing."


Native American Rights Fund Visions for the Future Benefit Art Auction. August 22, 2008. La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.

Bold Moves; Six Nations choreographer building her reputation.
"Creativity is innate for Santee Smith, a dancer and choreographer whose innovative blend of contemporary and traditional dance has won widespread acclaim.
But business acumen comes on the job, says the Six Nations Mohawk, who has been chosen to receive a new arts award that will help her acquire management savvy. Smith is one of two recipients of the first John Hobday Awards, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts..."

Ugly Necklace Contest.

Long before Billy Merasty took on the lead role in "Elijah" as Elijah Harper, he met the politician-turned-activist at the height of his fame in 1990. "Elijah" airs May 25 on CTV.

Government of Canada Supports 16 Ontario Arts-Training Organizations.

Calgary's Shakespeare In The Park opens with Aboriginal-themed Tempest

Plucked from his family in Curve Lake, artist Freddy Taylor endured life in a residential school.
"... When he was six, an Indian agent offered to take him to lunch, Taylor recalls as he puts down his paintbrush.
"He said he was going to take me for a bite to eat," Taylor said.
He didn't.
Instead, Taylor was plucked from his family (it would be 10 years until he would see them again) and placed in the Mohawk Institute residential school in Brantford, Ont.
"The first day I went there, a couple of the older boys took my food and they beat me," Taylor said. "As years went on, I took from the little ones as I learned to survive..."

All my relations - and then some. A book review, by Heid Erdrich
"Ojibwe editor and author Drew Hayden Taylor ("Me Funny") seeks to challenge mainstream images of indigenous love and lovemaking in these 13 essays on topics as varied as erotic Inuit theater and Cree language."

Ran into an interesting blog posting about an unsuspected source of anti-Native prejudice (at least unsuspected by me). The Amish?
"... the references to what happened to his people at the time of the arrival of the Amish in the area did not even exist in the museum. His tribe pushed hard to have it acknowledged that their tribe occupied this land. He also said that, in fact, when the Amish arrived they moved directly into the houses and farms that had just been vacated by his people. The native people were moved to the west in what is now called the "Trail of Tears".


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