Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rawhide Rattle, in progress.

This links to an article about the "Lost Treasures" art event in Kenora, that I participated in, last month. Art exhibit commemorates lives of missing or murdered aboriginal women.

The missing woman that was my subject, Angel Carlick, has since been found, deceased. The preliminary autopsy is "inconclusive".


I'm reworking a big Whitetail deer antler/rawhide rattle. It previously had some loomwork beading, strung on waxed-linen cord that ran through small holes drilled into the tines of the antler. The sharp edges of the holes cut through the linen cord, however, so I had to remove it. In the future, I will remove the antler burr and restring it with a more rugged hemp twine, then reloom it.

Currently, I am using a brick stitch method to cover the main beam of the rattle. Eventually, I will also run the brick stitch partway up the tines.
[All pics click to enlarge.]

Old pics:
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

New view, at beginning of brick-stitching:
Loomwork removed, leather pieces added to the "handle" area and some paint added to the rawhide.
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Closeup on "outside" of antler beam:
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Closeup on "intside" of antler beam:
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Closeup on gap between "inside" and "outside" on "top" of antler beam:
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Closeup on "outside" of antler beam:
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Closeup on "inside" of antler beam:
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Closeup on gap between "inside" and "outside" on "top" of antler beam:
*Take note of the use of irregular, large beads to begin "straightening" the curve of the beadwork.
Whitetail deer rawhide and antler rattle. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

A Lakota Woman with the Gift of Gab.


Native Radio Theater (NRT) Call for Scripts - Deadline Dec 20
"Scripts should be short works, 10-minute or one-act plays no more than an hour in length from Native American theater companies, authors or playwrights. Postmarked deadline is Dec. 20, 2007. A national panel will select three finalists by April. Winners will split a prize of $1,000. Funding for production will also be available for chosen projects."

NSI-Storytellers.Apply by Friday January 18, 2008, 4:30 PM CENTRAL TIME.
"Responding to market-need, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) in association with APTN has redesigned NSI Storytellers to develop above-the-line broadcast talent. This second phase of NSI Storytellers is an amazing opportunity for up to three Aboriginal producers to develop their television producing skills through an intensive training week, and an internship on a western based television series destined for broadcast in Canada."

Society Unveils Native American Ballerina Sculptures.
"A group of larger-than-life bronze statues depicting Oklahoma’s five internationally acclaimed Native American ballerinas were unveiled Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the west lawn of the Tulsa Historical Society."

Native America, Discovered and Conquered.A blog following issues of Indian Law, by Robert J. Miller.
"Robert J. Miller is a Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon where he teaches Indian law courses and Civil Procedure, a first year class. Bob has taught and practiced Indian law since 1993. He has also been a part-time tribal judge since 1995 for many Northwest tribes and is currently the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Grand Ronde Tribe."

Another Native blog, Indian Logic.

Native Circle, "American Indian Politics & Issues".

(Canadian)Copyright Choices and Voices.

This article is about the story of an egyptian man who was forceably coerced into confessing to a crime he did not commit, by the FBI, after 9-11. After he was proved innocent, things got worse.
A blogger who ran a story about the appeals court decision found the the decision was removed from the public record and then he was contacted to remove reference to the case from his site, as a matter of national security.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

"Indian Jack" Jack Jacobs

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to the Grey Cup!

After a little digging, I found out that one of the early heroes of the Bombers is a fullblood Creek from Oklahoma named Jack Jacobs, aka "Indian Jack" (it was the fifties).

Jack Jacobs; Blue BomberJack Jacobs; Blue Bomber

His Wikipedia entry, Manitoba sports hall of fame page and place in the CFL hall of fame. Further entries found at the Winnipeg Blue Bomber's official site, the Bombers' Wikipedia page and the Jim Thorpe Assoc. site.

Not only was he a CFL star, but he also played in the NFL and still has records with the Oklahoma Sooners (OK news clip, below).

Jack Jacobs. Green Bay Packer.


Bingorage Store @ CafePress. Your source for cheezy Bingorage merch and shwag.

Native Art/Culture Stuff:

First Nations Film and Video Festival
"Denver Museum of December 6. Illinois State Museum Saturday, January 5-6. Meztli Gallery and Cultural Organization - January TBA"

Archaeology is the study of old garbage.
"An archeological management plan is being negotiated by the provincial government and Musqueam First Nation to protect the site of an ancient native midden and village at the south foot of Granville Street (Vancouver)... A midden is a garbage heap, often rich in artifacts. The area was declared a National Historic Site in 1933 and is estimated to be at least 2,500 years old and possibly as much as 9,000 years old."

Trickster Gallery, American Indian Centre, Chicago.

Lakota Project
"The Lakota Project is a grass roots urban outreach program based in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Project is specifically designed to meet the special needs of the Lakota Indian family in today’s society. "

Recipients Announced for 15th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
"Toronto – Fourteen exceptional achievers, coming from diverse backgrounds, both culturally and geographically have been named recipients of the 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. They include a 14 year veteran of the National Hockey League, an activist fighting to protect the Innu way of life, an internationally acclaimed artist who made Woodland art an icon and 11 other esteemed individuals of accomplishment coming from across Canada’s Indigenous landscape."

ArtrainUSANovember 25-28 - Oklahoma City, OK.
"Artrain USA is currently showcasing Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture, a contemporary Native American art exhibition. Comprised of 71 artworks by 54 Native American artists, Native Views explores the influence of popular culture and the many commonalties shared by all Americans."

Flood-plain concerns stall plans for powwow site.
"A Rapid City alderman says flood-plain issues have him concerned about the proposed location of a Native American art market and powwow grounds, but a leader of the project said it seems community leaders aren't treating the Native project fairly."

Blackfeet Potter's work goes on display in Browning (Montana).
"A show of (Earl) Livermore's current pottery work opens Nov. 18 at the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning. The fact the exhibit is opening is almost 38 years to the day after Native American activists occupied Alcatraz in 1969, is a coincidence, Livermore said. Livermore, whose passion has always been art, took turns down a number of other paths while still creating pieces of art..."

Montana Artists Refuge: American Indian Artist Residency Program.
"During September, five Native artists and families from around the country creatively spent the month at the Montana Artists Refuge in Basin, Montana as part of the 7th annual American Indian Artists Residency program.

This program has fast become MAR’s signature fully funded residency. The final week of the residency culminated with MAR’s Indian Artists Symposium event bringing filmmakers, poets, contemporary visual artists and historically traditional artists together to participate in sharing cultural experiences and tribally specific work."

Canadian Aboriginal Festival
"The Canadian Aboriginal Festival is scheduled for November 30th, December 1st & 2nd, 2007 at the Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The festival will be open to the Public during the following hours:

Saturday, Dec 1st: 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, Dec 2nd: 10 am to 6 pm"

Angel Carlick update:

"Teenager remembered in 'powerful' memorial".
More than 100 people filled the Blue Feather Youth Centre on Friday night to remember Angel Carlick.
"It was jam-packed," Vicki Durrant, the centre’s executive director, said today. "It was beautiful."

Yukon doctors call for homeless youth shelter
"Doctors attending the meeting in Whitehorse voted unanimously to support a motion by Dr. Dan Carew, who spoke of an urgent and serious health need for a safe place for homeless youth to sleep.

"It has been on the radar screen for a while now and has had further press coverage this week with the unfortunate death of Angel Carlick," Carew said Friday, referring to the 19-year-old Whitehorse woman whose body was found near the city a week earlier."

More blogs:

indigenous issues today"Highlighting contemporary indigenous peoples' issues from around the world, including the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Brazil, Central America, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zeland, Siberia, Alaska, Polynesia, India, Chile, and much more. Topics include cultures and religions, intellectual property rights, archaeology, art, health, resources, rights, and much more."

NAMAPAHH Multi Media
"Swinomish Native Americian journalist, host& producer of a bi-weekly Native American radio show;NAMAPAHH First People's Radio; freelance journalist, mentor for Tulalip Multi Media Club Youth; myspacer; print & photo journalism; film director & producer"

Dramatic Influence
"We are a (Maori) youth leadership training and outreach for Native Indigenous youth, offering hope and a positive change in lifestyle. We train for six months, and go on tour for six months."


Tim Giago article; Thanksgiving Was the Only Holiday They Celebrated.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Larry Roy Mitchell, RIP

Larry Roy Mitchell "Shawnese" (Author of "The Native Blog" and "Potawatomi Tracks".) of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, 56 yrs, passed away on November 16, 2007.
"... He joined his mother, Alberta Wamego, six years to the day. Highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. Proud to be an Honored Veteran of his tribe. Author of Potawatomi Tracks... Graveside services and Internment will be 11:00, Tuesday, November 20th at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Bloomington, Minnesota."

Larry Mitchell; Author.

Larry Mitchell; Vietnam.

Larry and I never met, in person, but his support, writings and encouragement have been strong inspiration in the time since my mum passed away. We had promised to "get together" for coffee and chat... some day.

Some day, Larry.

Illustration for Potowatomi Tracks:


Mask and shrubs. Broken Vulture Art.

Acrylic painting. Broken Vulture Art.

Acrylic painting. Broken Vulture Art.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

grey skies

Previously, I have blogged about the disappearance of Angel Carlick, of Whitehorse (Canada) in association with the "Lost Treasures", Sisters in Spirit vigil event in Kenora, Ontario.

She has been found, deceased. - (CBC article)
"The body of a 19-year-old Whitehorse woman missing since May was found over the weekend, RCMP confirmed on Tuesday.
Family and friends had spent the past 5½ months searching for Angel Carlick, who was last seen on May 27."


My friend and fellow Native blogger, Larry Mitchell suffered an aneurysm and stroke, while I was at deer camp. As of last update, he's still in intensive care. My own father suffered a stroke about four years ago. Our hopes and best wishes go out to Larry and his family.


Schenandoah Fund"Danielle Schenandoah, Oneida activist and mother has many achievements under her belt. She is internationally-renowned for her work. She has appeared in front of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous peoples, addressing violations of Indigenous peoples rights, including crimes against humanity. Because Danielle has spoken out against the corruption of the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Casino enterprise, she has been harassed, denied healthcare, falsely and illegally imprisoned (her "crime" being listed as "Native American Indian"). Worst, she has found herself destitute because her home was demolished in 2002 and had her children apprehended as a result. She has since regained custody of her children but is in danger of losing them again because of the dire financial situation she is faced with. After much work, she was able to purchase a used trailer and have her children together once more. A car accident in August, has left her 14-year-old daughter, Clarisse, with serious injuries requiring fulltime care. Unable to leave her daughter to work, this single mother is once again in danger of losing her home."

just stuff:

Broken Vulture Art stuff

Broken Vulture Art stuff

Broken Vulture Art stuff

Native artstuff:

Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival Nov.15-18, 2007. WAFF BEBO page.

Bill Reid Gallery (Press Release) of Northwest Coast Art Launches Campaign with $1 million Gift from The Audain Foundation. Projected opening: May 10, 2008.

Faces of Native American comedy

Insightful look at Navajo culture

Circle Cinema Launches Native Film Festival

Public Theater to Launch Native Theater Festival Dec. 5

Random resources, news and stuff:

Ancient "Fire Temple" Found in Peru

Blog of the University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Students' Council
"The mission of the Aboriginal Student Council (ASC) is to unify Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis & Inuit) and non-Aboriginal students of the University of Winnipeg in order to advance the interests of the membership..."

A call to boycott Rush Limbaugh

"The chairman of Perupetro, the government body responsible for granting oil exploration licences, has said that photos of twenty-one uncontacted Indians taken recently in south-east Peru prove 'nothing' of their existence."

"Censored and under-reported news"

"Survival is the only international organisation supporting tribal peoples worldwide. It was founded in 1969 after an article by Norman Lewis in the UK's Sunday Times highlighted the massacres, land thefts and genocide taking place in Brazilian Amazonia. Like many modern atrocities, the racist oppression of Brazil's Indians took place in the name of 'economic growth'..."

"ArcticStat is a permanent, public and independent statistical database dealing with the countries, regions and populations of the Circumpolar Arctic.
ArcticStat was born out of the desire to facilitate comparative research on the socioeconomic conditions of the peoples of the Arctic by bringing together already existing data which are dispersed and often hard to find."

The Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines
"These 12 guidelines — provided as a Quick Guide plus an in-depth Complete Guide — aim to clarify the issues affecting accurate reproduction and management of digital image files."


Sunday, November 11, 2007

deerblood and camera mud

Hello, Bingoragers!
Just got back from the most successful deer camp in years.
Me and the boys filled 8 of 10 tags between seven guys.
Unfortunately, It appears that I lost my camera this week and didn't have it on hand, early on; so I will be a little thin on pictures for my deer hunt story, 2007.
Maybe I'll draw some pics for it.

Meanwhile... some articles, news and resources that stood out in my inboxes.


Tim Giago articles:
Remembering Vernon Bellecourt.

The Catholic Indian Mission Pedophiles Must Not Go Unpunished

Congresswoman Watson Attacks the Cherokee Nation

The Pain of Losing a Child Never Ends


Ojibway Native Art
"Craig McKay grew up on the shore of Lake Superior and is a member of Batchewana First Nation."

Native Actors Changing perceptions
"... any Native actor will tell you that race has often kept them from lead roles in mainstream, contemporary film and television shows. Increasingly, however, aboriginal actors ... are cast as key characters in roles that have traditionally been filled by non-Native actors."

High levels of poisons found in water downsteam of oilsands.

Monument pays tribute to First Nation veterans.
"On Thursday, (The daughters of William S.) Thomson was given the opportunity to stand proud and acknowledge the families of veterans from Carry the Kettle First Nation as they placed memorial wreaths on the newly erected monument."

Review of Sterlin Harjo's Four Sheets To The Wind.

Neopaganist take on "cultural appropriation".

NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program.Applications must be submitted (postmarked) by December 31, 2007.

"On October 3, 1977 the first large-scale strike by undocumented workers in U.S. labor history began at the Arrowhead Ranch, located in the East Valley community north of Tolleson, Arizona. Despite strike breaking efforts by the Border Patrol, the predominantly Mexican national workers persevered in their efforts to negotiate contracts with the powerful growers. Supported by the Maricopa County Organizing Project (MCOP), the courageous efforts of Arizona farmworker movement left a legacy of struggle, organizing under extreme adversity, and belief in Human Dignity that continues till today. In 1994 MCOP made the organizational transition into the Indigenous Community Empowerment Movement"

The National Museum of the American Indian Visual and Expressive Arts Grants program
(USA eligibility; Jan.15, 2008 deadline)
"... offers support to a wide range of arts activities with the goal of increasing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts."

Modern Day Warrior. program of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
"... a call to arms to people from all walks of life and across generations to take a stand and be "a modern day warrior" for the rights of Native peoples. The Indian Wars Never Ended but merely changed venue from the historical battlegrounds in the 1800's to courtrooms across the country in the 21st century. The need to fight and stand firm for justice for the rights of Native peoples has never been more important."

Students and Teachers Against Racism
"Through education, we seek to bring the image of Native Americans into the present, to support the well being of Native children in schools through the accurate depiction of history and by raising awareness of the need for sensitivity to Native culture as well bringing recognition to the ongoing contributions of Native Peoples today, and to celebrate the varied and rich cultural traditions of all Native people in the United States."

If You Are Poor, You Are Out.
"VANCOUVER, Canada, Oct 25 (IPS) - Miloon Kothari, the U.N. special rapporteur for housing, recently visited Canada on a fact-finding mission to look at homelessness, aboriginal and women's housing issues, and the impact of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver."

AUSTRALIA: Gov't Consistent in Opposing Indigenous Rights (IPS)
"When UNGA adopted the declaration on indigenous rights by an overwhelming vote Australia was one of just four countries -- the others being the United States, Canada and New Zealand -- to vote against it."