Saturday, August 23, 2008

dry, late summer wind

Native press lacks equal access to presidential campaigns

Aboriginals "declare war" on oilsands.

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper on the High Costs of the Drug War

2008's First Disenfranchised Voters: Injured and Homeless Veterans

Stone Age mass graves reveal green Sahara.

National Geographic video; Crackdown on Peru Indian Protest.
"Amazonian Indians have blocked roads and oil and gas projects in Peru to protest a new law that makes it easier for the government to sell their lands."

Peyote/gourd stitch cuff bracelet, with smoked black fringe beads.
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Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Peyote/gourd stitch cuff bracelet, with smoked black fringe beads.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Peyote/gourd stitch cuff bracelet, with smoked black fringe beads.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Peyote/gourd stitch cuff bracelet, with smoked black fringe beads.



Raven Feathers and the Wind

Native American Artist-in-Residence Program, at the Eiteljorg Museum. September 15, 2008 deadline.

Sand Creek Massacre documentary
"The Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has requested that the award-winning "The Sand Creek Massacre" documentary film beentered in its 14th Native American Film + Video Festival to be held in New York City, March 26—29, 2009."

Exhibit chronicles American Indians in baseball. Fifty years before Jackie Robinson broke into the baseball major leagues, Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis was taking racial heat playing for the Cleveland Spiders.
"If the small and big boys of Brooklyn find it a pleasure to shout at me, I have no objections," Sockalexis told the Brooklyn Eagle during his rookie season. "No matter where we play, I go through the same ordeal, and at the present time I am so used to it that at times I forget to smile at my tormentors..."

A study by the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
The federal government neither assures compliance with nor enforcement of a federal law enacted to protect American Indian remains and funerary objects and to reunite them with their families and homelands. In some instances, agencies have withheld or changed information about the objects or human remains in their possession, in blatant disregard of the law, according to a new report studying the implementation of the act..."

Check out the Angry Indian, a necessary resource.

Nativa 2008: Our Traditional Native Art Festival.Baja, California.
"Native artists from the Kumiai, Paipai, CucapĂ„ and Kiliwa will exhibit and market handcrafted items, pottery, baskets, jewelry, paintings and more on Sunday, August 31 at. Plaza Ventana al Mar (Giant flagpole on Ensenada’s waterfront) from 11 am to 7 p m."

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A stunning Native mural replaces decades old eyesore.
"This mural is the Ventura Village neighborhood's effort to eliminate a longstanding eyesore blighting a hidden corner of the neighborhood that has been the taggers' bulletin board for decades... The painting honors the memory of Angie White Bird, a young Bad River tribal member who became a victim of a serial killer very near to the spot where the mural is being

Rich Heape films present: "Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School"
"... is a Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools. This DVD produced by Rich-Heape Films, Inc. uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western Society. This DVD gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions."

Archaeologists using computer program to piece together mural and mosaic "jigsaw puzzles".


Bold jewelry sets family apart from traditional Native art.
"... What has emerged is a body of work in jewelry that is extremely contemporary and has challenged traditional notions of what is Native art. That has made for a bumpy road sometimes. Gaussoin, his brother Wayne Nez Gaussoin, and their mother, Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, are regular exhibitors at Santa Fe Indian Market. But many of their pieces are not eligible for the juried show under the strict guidelines of the market..."

Tsosie-Gaussoin Studio


"peak metals", new concern.
"An article in New Scientist magazine last year quoted Mr Reller as having said the Earth has 10 years left of indium, which – although only one gram of it is used in a 32-inch liquid-crystal display (LCD) television – is absolutely essential to the screen’s clarity. Indium is also used in the windows of aeroplanes and trains. The metal’s rarity has driven up its price. In 2003, the metal sold for about $60 (Dh220) per kilogram. By 2007, the price had shot up to more than $1,000 per kg..."

Nigerian teacher invents refrigerator that runs without electricity.


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