Monday, March 30, 2009

Bingoragey Linkie Post Thingy

George Washington University is investigating Guatemalan genocide, under former military regime.

NationTalk.Ca "Canada's Premier National Aboriginal Newswire and Employment Service..."

Well... this smells a little fishy. Learning Together; An Aboriginal approach to mining relationships. A cynic might wonder if this weren't just a mining industry-sponsored lobby group. They are holding a publicly accessible conference in Montreal; April 8-9, 2009. Nearly $500 Can. for late registration.
"Our mandates are as follows:
* The Corporation will work on behalf of all Canadian First Nations to organize, support, and facilitate initiatives through the mobilization of knowledge with the goal of growing long-term business relationships between Aboriginal communities and mining and exploration companies;
* The Corporation will support and coordinate learning opportunities between Aboriginal communities and mining and exploration companies to help facilitate the sharing of information to support business development opportunities;
* The Corporation will organize, provide follow-up services, and help grow forums, workshops, networking sessions, and learning opportunities related to Aboriginal mining in Canada;
* The Corporation will build relationships and coordinate activities related to its mandate with those of similar organizations, societies, and companies in Canada."

Here's a plug for an independent bookseller, Kenora's Elizabeth Campbell Books.


Comic Art Indigène. National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, D. C. March 6, 2009 – May 31, 2009.
A review, at We Love DC.

Canadian Mohawk painter wins two awards for painting, "Waiting For The Prize".
"... awarded first place in the oil painting category at the 24th Annual Massena Artists Association juried art contest..."

Native News column; RezXtra, by Chris Tyrone Ross.

A great biography blog post at Sirlaugh's Blog, Tonto via Toronto: The Rise and Fall of Jay Silverheels.

McGill University just had a short art exhibit recognising their land's Mohawk history; Hochelaga Revisited.

5'th Annual Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival. April16-19, 2009.

Anthrax may be older resident of new world, than previously believed. (Nat. Geo. article) The introduction of a disease that targeted grazing animals near the end of the last glacial period may help explain the disappearance of the pleistocene megafauna.

Local Fort Frances artist and videographer collaborate on short film; The Awakening: Connie Cuthbertson.

Penn Cove Water Festival. Coupeville, WA; May 16, 2009.
"... the newly created Penn Cove Water Festival Association hopes to bring that spirit back to life by educating us on our Native community with not only tribal canoe races but increased Native arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, authentic Native foods, children's activities, and exhibits and displays..."

Araquin Design
"... Peter Boome is an enrolled member of the Upper Skagit Tribe in Washington State. Peter specializes in Coast Salish designs. In addition to the Salish designs, he also create Contemporary Intertribal Art, this influence stems from spending the latter portion of his childhood on the Northern Ute Reservation In Utah..."

Adam Beach vows to continue intervention in rash of suicides and attempts in Eskasoni, N.S.

Brown Bear Festival "art and music happening for the Monoshone Creek". Philadelphia PA, May 9, 2009.

Website for Native actor, Marcos Akiaten

THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS. What do they do? What do they want? Are they offering cookies or guilt?
"WE, THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children."

Researchers find the earliest evidence of domesticated maize, in Mexico. 8700 years old!

New Tim Giago article; Choclate Spraypaint and Hollywood Indians.

Terrance Houle: GIVN'R Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, March 28 to May 16, 2009.
"... Houle's examinations of cultural identity, alienation, assimilation, and Hollywood stereotypes (not to be mistaken as necessarily autobiographical) are intended to provoke. Houle's extensive body of work ranges from painting to drawing, video/film, mixed media, new media, performance and installation, often utilizing tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage..."

A Metis blog; Metis Bare Facts."A forum for Metis people to share information, events, views and issues."

I've been hearing/reading about the upcoming PBS mini-series/documentary. We Shall Remain, fo a while now. Ric Burns and Chris Eyre worked on the project; download interview/profile (right-click, "save link as"). Read a review, here.

Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre

I missed posting this before the festival ran. Another Native film festivalSapatq'ayn Cinema, University of Idaho.

In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival. Tacoma, Washington. August 8-9, 2009. May 1 application deadline.

Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
"... Between two continents on the edge of the Arctic lay the ancient place called Beringia. It was a land of ice, giant mammals and the First People of North America... During each Ice Age, vast glaciers formed in the Northern Hemisphere, locking up much of the world's water as ice. Global sea levels dropped as much as 100 - 150 meters as a result, revealing the floor of the Bering Sea and creating a land connection between Alaska and Siberia... This land bridge was part of a larger unglaciated area called Beringia."


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