Monday, June 23, 2008

Long time gone fishing

Art wins!

CAE artist, Steve Kurtz wins!
"In May 2004, the Joint Terrorism Task Force illegally detained artist and SUNY Buffalo professor Steve Kurtz of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). They seized documents, computers, and equipment used in four of CAE’s projects, including scientific equipment used to test food for the presence of genetically modified organisms. The seized materials included a project that was to have been part of an exhibition and performance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and three other projects that had been safely displayed in museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America. The New York State Commissioner of Public Health determined that the materials seized by the FBI pose no public safety risk. All of the materials are legal and commonly used for scientific education and research activities in universities and high schools, and are universally regarded by scientists as safe. Nevertheless, today Steve Kurtz and Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, face a possible 20 years in prison in what has become increasingly clear is a politically motivated attempt to silence an artist and scientist whose work is critical of government policy..."

New exhibition based on the materials, "Seized", will be on display at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Centre, Buffalo, NY; June 7 - July 18.


Minister Prentice presses his Copyright Contract on Canada.

Talking Points, for discussing Bill C61.

How'd They Vote? Check out how your Canadian MP has voted.


Scientists document evolutionary shift, in lab-domesticated E.Coli.

American Constitution, upheld.

Protest against police surveillance in Philadelphia, get raided.

Ojibwa entry, at art history club.

"Cahiague, the principle village of the Hurons..." gone to seed.

WWII tech, alt fuel car.

Excavations at rare Maidu sites "rile" local Natives.

RC Gorman estate to be auctioned, August 20-21, 2008.

Rainy River evening pics [click to enlarge]:

The trees, in the foreground are actually on the flooded boat landing. This is either the Big Fork or Little Fork tributary of the Rainy.

Rainy River. Broken Vulture Art.

See the pelican?

Rainy River. Broken Vulture Art.

Rainy River. Broken Vulture Art.

An "orbs" photo. The 'orbs' in this shot are mosquitoes, reflecting the flash in a saturated atmosphere. Pic taken in flooded park.

Rainy River bottom

Late sunset.

Late sunset.


Johnny helps pack the new cooler

Johnny cat helps out. Broken Vulture Art.

Johnny helps fold fresh laundry.

Johnny cat helps out. Broken Vulture Art.


Grants opportunities for American artists, at Creative Capital.
"... a nonprofit organization, acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields."

The Smithsonian public-domain photostream, at Flickr.

Trickster Gallery putting on Peltier Benefit Powwow and Concert, June 28, 2008; Chicago area.

Native author, teacher, and traditional artist Lois Beardslee. Bayliss Public Library, Sault Ste. Marie, ON; June 24, 2008.

American Cancer Society seeks Native stories about cancer.

Unusual "fortified village" archaeological site, in Alberta.

Papercraft pinhole cameras.

Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company's Ensemble Theatre Arts Program.

Native Earth Performing Arts
"Native Earth Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creating, developing and producing of professional artistic expression of the Aboriginal experience in Canada..."

"Young aboriginals hope to break stereotypes through films that show real life"

Native blog for "Native Talent", modelling / acting / stuff.

Indigenous Internet Chamber of Commerce.

Shelley Morningsong review.

"Made of Thunder, Made of Glass: American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast" is on exhibit at the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner through Nov. 30."

Great Northern Arts Festival
"Since 1989, up to 80 visual artists and 40 performers from across the North gather each summer in Inuvik to celebrate the diversity that is Canada's North. They are Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwich'in, Dene, Metis and many of Canada's additional First Nations, as well as non-Aboriginal artists and artisans; they come from as far away as Pangnirtung on Baffin Island, Gjoa Haven in the Arctic Archipelago, Fort Smith on the NWT/Alberta border, and from the Yukon Territory. They come to show their work, meet other artists, see different styles of work and learn new techniques..."

Interview with Arvel Bird.

Educational resource page for Ojibway culture.

The Institute of Maya Studies.
"...Our mission is to educate the public on the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas, with an emphasis on the study of the Maya..."

Honouring Tradition at the Glenbow, until July 13.


Photos of pictographs and petroglyphs of the Columbia River Gorge. Posted by Durm Photo.

Native Blog documenting the documentary film Lost Nation: The Ioway.

Daphne Odjig receives honourary degree from U of Western Ontario

9'th Northwest Biennial. July 26, 2008 deadline.
"The 9th Northwest Biennial is open to current residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Tacoma Art Museum employees, trustees, and their families are not eligible. Only work created since January 2007 will be considered."

The Triumph of Mischief, an exhibition by Irish/Cree artist Kent Monkman is ongoing, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, until August 17, 2008.
"... Monkman's technique is central to the idea. His paintings are stunning, just like the Romantic art that he's referencing. The Triumph looks a lot like the German-American artist Bierstadt's paintings of the Sierra Nevada. The mountains seem too big and steep; the valley too flat. It's pretty clear where the exaggeration began.
The differences are in Monkman's references to Aboriginal culture. The androgynous figure in The Triumph is Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, a drag queen and Monkman's alter-ego. She was inspired by the berdache, a term Europeans used to describe Native men who appeared to transgress normative gender roles and who were accepted in their communities..."

2008 Indian Arts and Crafts Association, Artist of the Year, Mary Lou Big Day, "a beadworker and doll maker from the Crow Nation in Montana".

14th Annual Gateway to Nations NYC Native American Heritage Celebration photo slideshow.

Interview with Rhianna Yazzie, Navajo playwright. Podcast available for download, as well.

The 4th Annual Kalama Heritage Festival Aug 23rd & 24th 2008. Seeking Native and Hawaiian vendors.

Pueblo Clay
"The American Museum of Ceramic Art presents Pueblo Clay, America’s First Pottery, on view through July 12th, 2008"

Interview with Native Comics Artist, Weshoyot Alvitre.

New Tim Giago article.

Stolen Native Art:

Have you seen this stolen Morrisseau painting?

Most of the Bill Reid stolen art has been recovered.

FBI returns stolen (Southwest) American Indian artifacts to their owners.


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