Friday, May 09, 2008

links and icons

Uncontacted tribes 'at risk of extinction' UN forum is told.


"Citizens of the Hawaiian Kingdom" reoccupy 'Iolani Palace. Story at Hawaiian Independence Blog
"... is about Hawaii's status as an independent country under prolonged illegal occupation by the United States, and the history, culture, law & politics of the islands."

Same story at CNN.
"... In 1993, the U.S. Congress approved, and President Bill Clinton signed, an apology to the people of the Hawaiian islands. The document "acknowledges that the overthrow of the kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and further acknowledges that the native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum..."


Losing faith in modern America.
"Growing up in what remains the most religious country in the West, Dan Barker [Lenni Lennape (Delaware)], a former evangelical minister and one of the most prominent and politically active atheists in America today, possesses a unique story of "deconversion"..."


Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a Northwest Coast that I had first taken notice of back in the early Nineteen-eighties; primarily because of his blending of the ancient, rigid "elements"/"visual alphabet" of the NW Coast tradition with a contemporary knowledge of dimensional space, recontextualisation and character.
"Yuxweluptun's strategy is to document and promote change in contemporary Indigenous history in large-scale paintings... using Coast Salish cosmology, Northwest Coast formal design elements, and the Western landscape tradition..."

This piece reminds me of the Eastern Orthodox Icon [Wikipedia article]; a formal type of religious portraiture.

Portrait of a Residential School Child, 2005,
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

Portrait of a Residential School Child. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.


Deer on the airstrip.

Deer on the airstrip. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.


Policy Analysis in Indian Country - June 19-20, 2008.

National Indian Taco Champiionships. May 17, 2008, Pawhuska, OK

Beadalicious; great beadwork blog.

Native American artist Ed Rackleff... nearing completion of a larger-than-life bronze statue of Chief Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet.

new Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art opening in Vancouver.

Metis blog; CyberSmoke

Eagle gets "bionic beak".
"... The artificial beak won't be strong enough to allow Beauty to cut and tear flesh from prey. But it will help her to drink water and to grip and eat the food she is given..."

Bizarre DNA of Platypus tells a story about us.
"One of the more surprising elements was the animal's system for sex determination. Most mammals have two sex chromosomes, either two X chromosomes (to make a female) or an X and a Y (to make a male). Not only do platypuses have 10 instead of two, but some of those resemble the Z and W chromosomes of birds more than standard-issue X's and Y's.

Moreover, the key gene on the Y chromosome that confers maleness in most mammals is not present on any of the platypus' sex chromosomes. It is on another chromosome, where it seems to have nothing to do with sex. In its place, another gene seems to be central to sex determination in platypuses, evidence of a shakeout of various evolutionary efforts to settle on a system of sex determination in early mammals..."


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