Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lost and Found: regalia, ancestor, fascism...

Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage studio. Papier mache.

-White "buck/doe-skin" leather; includes: dress, pouches, sheath, bag, leggings, moccasins.

-Green and yellow/(orange/pumpkin?) palette of beadwork. Also, a vertically oriented "breastplate".

-Green satin shawl with floss fringe.

This Traditional Buckskin outfit was found in the garbage at Capilano.....We are trying to assist in finding the owner to it. We would appreciate if you could print & post a color picture as well as forward this email to anyone you may think might recognize it, if enough people see it, we're bound to find the owner. It is suspected that it may come from Alberta or the States

Thanks for your help in locating the owner of this outfit.

Alice Besito
Financial Aide Worker
West & Central Regions
Sto:lo Nation Social Development
Phone: 604-847-3299
Fax: 604-847-3280

Renee Peters - NCB Program Assistant
Building #5 - 7201 Vedder Road , Chilliwack, BC Direct line: 604-824-2679

"Long Ago Person Found".

Scientists link 17 living people to an aboriginal man found in glacier. [Globe and Mail article]
"Kwaday Dan Ts'inchi' means Long Ago Person Found, and he's believed to have died some time between the years 1670 and 1850. His remains were revealed after a glacier started to recede."


Coup d'état in Indian Country.
"... when a massive Quebec police force pepper-sprayed and billy clubbed their way through her small Algonquin community, enforcing the federal government's March 10 decision to oust the traditional Chief and Council and appoint a small faction as the leadership, she took on the new documentary subject with bitter irony.

"It's just another one of the government tactics we've had to face," said Pouchachie, while showing me film of the arrests of ten people, including her husband. The group was protesting the return of Casey Ratt, recognized by the Canadian government as the new Chief of Barriere Lake, despite their already having a Chief and Council in place..."

Manitoba First Nations support Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
"It cost the KI First Nation over $700,000 in legal fees to defend their land and resources," said Chief Flett. "There are similar mining claims dotted all around the Island Lake area. If we can help KI win their claim and achieve justice, perhaps those claims in our community will be dropped or the mining companies will be forced to treat our First Nations more fairly."

"Murder Club" connected to Twin Cities?

Pressure on NY governor to collect taxes on Native smokes.


Unusual case in Oregon; the federal government sends papers (accidentally) to the lawyers of someone they are investigating, proving that they have been using illegal wiretaps, then recover the documents and use the flagrant BS of "state-secret" to deny that the documents could be used in
court to prove that the illegal wiretapping had occurred.
"Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that a German citizen, Khaled el-Masri, who alleges that, in a case of mistaken identity, he was kidnapped and tortured by the C.I.A., cannot sue the United States, because the "very subject matter" of his lawsuit—America's extraordinary-rendition program—is secret. Some, like Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, contend that the Administration is using the state-secrets doctrine to prevent the courts from assessing the legality of controversial programs. The White House "has taken a legal doctrine that was intended to protect sensitive national-security information and seems to be using it to evade accountability for its own misdeeds," Leahy said in February, during a Senate hearing on the privilege."

Be careful riding your bike in New York City.


Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage studio. Papier mache.

Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage studio. Masks.


Cowichan 2008. North American Indigenous Games; August 3 to 10
"The centrepiece to the Games, the Cultural Village will be hosted at the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre, a world-renowned tourist attraction owned and operated by Cowichan Tribes. The Village will include a variety of events, celebrations, exhibits, receptions, symposia and meetings for the duration of the Games."

Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) streaming National News page; see the news that you won't see anywhere else.

APTN archive, at DigitalDrum.

Another Native news site; Tanasi Journal.

A directory of well known Southern Northwest Coast Weavers; at Burke museum website.

Washington state seeks applicants for their public art roster.

USA Native artists only; Native Artist exchange, through New England Foundation for the Arts.

Tim Giago spoofs the reasoning behind Indian mascots, as an act of "honouring".

"Revolution in Native film"
"Once Native filmmakers are able to establish themselves, Lujan hopes they will create Native-themed films that appeal to a mainstream audience. This is something he feels hasn’t been done since Smoke Signals was produced ten years ago. He says there’s no shortage of stories from Native filmmakers or screenwriters but why our stories seem to connect with mainstream audiences lies in part with marketing. Another problem is a lack of access for many Native Americans..."

Captain Hook Awards, for Biopiracy
."Biopiracy refers to the monopolization of genetic resources such as seeds and genes taken from the peoples or farming communities that have nurtured those resources. It also refers to the theft of traditional knowledge from those cultures..."


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Borders Uncrossed

The Cost of Silence

I am writing this letter as an apology to people who have migrated here from Mexico, Central America and South America. I am Anishinabe, Indigenous to what is now called Minnesota. I am also a playwright. Within the last year I was approached by a production company, OffLeash Area, to write a play with them called Border Crossing. It was my understanding this play would address the inhumane issues people confront when entering the United States.

As a Native American, I am interested in the stories of the indigenous people of this continent we call Turtle Island and the peoples of what is now known as South America. I am interested in the impact the building of the wall between Mexico and the United States has on Native Nations whose reservations created by the United States straddle this man-made border, also made by the United States. That is part of the story I had hoped to tell. In November 07, I did research for a week in the Sonora desert southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Reservation. I had hoped to include a very strong voice for Indigenous people in this piece. I had hoped to include a very strong voice for Migrant people in this piece.

In my interviews with people I heard stories of inhumane treatment. I heard stories of a sea of sorrow – a desert littered with the bones of people trying to get here for a better future for themselves and for their future generations. I heard stories of joy, hope, survival and celebration.

I am writing this apology because this is not the story that is being told in Border Crossing. It is not your story and your voice has been removed from the piece. I wrote dialogue for native peoples. That dialogue was cut. I wrote dialogue for the characters crossing the desert. That dialogue was cut. I argued to give voice to the oppressed. My voice was silenced. I am sorry. I understand any anger on your part where you would question why I, as a Native American, would have thought that I could tell your story.

If you have questions or comments to me, I am open to dialogue.


Marcie Rendon, Anishinabe Playwright

MinnPost review of "Border Crossing". April 24 through May 4, 2008: The Ritz Theatre, 345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN.

Off-Leash Area theater's "upcoming shows" section.

MPLS Strib review.


Conmen Guilty of Selling Indian Tribe Memberships to Illegals.


From my buddy, Ryan, at Moose Guts Live.


What are Chinese troops doing on the streets of Zimbabwe? Could it have anything to do with the fact that Mugabe lost the election and has bought tons of munitions [from China]. Since then, responsible African port nations have refused to offload.


Canadian Copyright takes another hit from the lobbyists.


Missing Man Found Dressed Like Doctor With Dead Deer In Stolen Ambulance.



Inside Norval Morrisseau's blog.

Litefoot carries a green message.

American Indian Airwaves Myspace page.


A Celebration of Canadian Aboriginal Women in Music. Ottawa's Westboro Festival of Music; "WestFest". Saturday, June 14, 2008.
Buffy Ste. Marie
Tamara Podemski
Lucie Idlout
and others


The ArtsCan Circle.
"The ArtsCan Circle is an independent, volunteer-run group working to link creative artists with Native youth at risk in Canada. Our hope is to encourage self-esteem amongst Native youth in isolated communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts."


Friday, April 25, 2008

ultimate machine

Meet the makers of the box.


Ubuntu Linux 8.04, Hardy Heron officially released, April 24, 2008.

Two Chicken Stories: NAFTA's Real Winners and Losers.
"Tyson wins when it takes over the Mexican market share and drives Pedro's company out of business. It wins again when it hires Pedro, now unemployed, as an undocumented worker in a U.S. plant. Meanwhile, for its workers—migrants and native, documented and undocumented—corporate mobility coupled with repressive immigration laws means lower wages, fewer benefits, and less power in the employer-employee relationship both abroad and at home."


abandoned cabin, northwestern ontario


Oldest known oil paint in the world found at the site of giant Buddhas destroyed by Taliban. Defaced paintings in caves nearby analysed; show oil based paint used centuries before supposed "invention" in Europe.

Make your own "gorillapod-like" tripod.

Close call, 70 000 years ago. DNA studies suggest that humans nearly went extinct, before populating the world.

Native actor Graham Greene to receive honorary degree from Laurier.


California's only tribally run university has been shut down. But, apparently, it's not dead yet. There's a n upcoming hip-hop concert to raise funds to keep DQ University going.


Society for Midwest Metalsmiths; MetalInclinations show. June 30, 2008 deadline.

The Huelo Point Flower Farm, artist's retreat.

Mike Brodie aka "The Polaroid Kidd"

"The Boys and Girls of Modern Days Railways".

The Rockaway Summer.


History of Canadian passports

See the interactive documentary, Becoming Human, and surf recent human ancestry research.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

moonset and glass, over cable and old leather

[pics click to enlarge]

Moonset over Fort Frances, obscured by clouds and steam.

Moonset, over Fort Frances.

Johnny [the beading kitty] helps me pick out some colours.

Johnny cat. Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.


Peyote stitch tube necklace; finished off with shell and large wood beads.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Black and white.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Barrel beads.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.

Sour apple.

Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.


Broken Vulture Art beadwork. Bingorage Studio. Native Art.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I feel like a new machine.

self portrait

I am writing this blog post from my new Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (Hardy Heron) desktop. If you don't know what that means;
I am running a new, free operating system on my computer... and it does most of the things that my old, expensive, proprietary OS does, except...
become obsolete and force me to buy a new, expensive,
bloated, encumbered proprietary OS

Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP are currently time sharing my internal hard drive. The piece of equipment that let me do this [in a fairly painless fashion] is an external hard drive; it allowed me to dump over 100GB of pictures, video and podcasts/audiobooks from my nearly-full 200GB internal. After moving my files and clearing the space, I "defragmented" the internal drive to create more continuous freespace.

I had previously downloaded Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) and burned a "LiveCD", which is basically an operating system that runs from the cd drive. In order to run it, you have to open the boot menu while the computer is starting up (ESC key on my system) and choose to boot from the cd drive.

I was impressed with the look, speed and ease of use. I was worried that I may have to know and use shell commands, like MSDOS, but the Ubuntu OS has an intuitive mouse-friendly GUI (graphic user interface), like Windows. It is also pre-installed with applications that I was familiar with.

Since I had backed up program data, picture, video and audio files that I wished to save, I was comfortable with installing the Ubuntu onto my hard drive through the installation wizard on the LiveCD.

** Very Important ** If you wish to continue using windows while transitioning to Linux, do not wipe the whole hard drive in the "partitioning" section of the wizard; assign a portion of the hard drive to Ubuntu and keep a section for Windows.
(Create a "recovery disk" set for your Windows OS, beforehand, just in case.)

After installing Ubuntu and restarting the computer, an options list appears which allows the user to select which OS to boot into. My keyboard requires me to turn off the number lock and use the alternate "arrow keys", there.
Ubuntu requires a username and password to start (established in the installation wizard; DO NOT LOSE).

After a few days of familiarising myself with the Ubuntu 6.06 system, I have upgraded to the 8.04 release.

Microsoft annnounced, recently, that the final "service pack" (XPSP3)for Windows XP will be released to users shortly. XP will no longer be available to new computer users within the year and "official support" for XP will end in the next couple years. This planned obsolescence is designed to force users to buy newer, bigger, more encumbered software, with greater and greater restrictions upon its supposed clientele... us.

It is my intention to transition entirely to Linux before then.

If you are interested in test-driving a Linux OS, there are many to choose from; many of which will even work on older machines with smaller/limited resources. I just ran PuppyLinux for the first time, yesterday, from a 90MB LiveCD! (Compared to 700MB for the Ubuntu LiveCD). It is a fully functional OS with pre-installed web browser, word processor, email client and a community of enthusiasts creating programs and support for it. It would run on my old Windows 98 machine and may run on my old, old Windows 95 machine. This may be just the thing for that old laptop that can't keep up any longer.

There are reviews and links to dozens of Linux releases at DistroWatch.Com and a helpful introduction for Linux Newbies at the Linux Reality podcast (link to 'feed').


The end of hunting/ranching? [I don't think so.] PETA launches $1 million prize for vat-grown meat.

400 gather for jailed KI leaders, in Toronto.
"The packed crowd included indigenous people from across the province and beyond, labor activists, environmentalists and proponents of social justice who called on Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to free seven political prisoners who have been jailed because of their refusal to accept mining exploration in their territory without prior consultation."

Next step in protecting Nahanni watershed.
"... announcement by Environment Minister John Baird that lands comprising the headwaters of the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories have been temporarily protected to enable the creation of a new national park, to be called Nááts’ihch’oh [pronounced naah-tseen-CHO].
This new park, to be established in collaboration with local Aboriginal peoples of the Sahtu region, will protect a critical part of the South Nahanni Watershed"

A case of quick and dramatic evolution, documented in a species of lizard, introduced to a small island.

Invoking summer... Late summer Willow, Pither's Point Park.

Late summer Willow, Pither's Point Park.


Charges dropped against artist in bogus "terror" trial.

Another t-shirt screen printing tutorial.

Employment opportunity for artists, to work with "communities of colour" in MN. April 25, 2008 deadline.

Santo Daime (Ayahuasca religion) spreading in Britain. An integration of Christianity, African and New World shamanism.

How-to digitise cassette tapes.

Need to get an art license?

If you have an online connection, then you can use Skype to make free phone calls -(VOIP)- to other SKYPE users.

Brulé (click for article) performs 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee.

Call for Papers - Living Treaties Anishinaabeg Summit. The gathering will be held August 13 - 15, 2008, at the Sault Tribe Conference and Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Tim Giago article (Huffington Post) - Indian Health Care: A National Tragedy.
"Most Americans believe that the United States has the best medical care in the world, but that is clearly not the case. One has to wonder that if America rates number 28 in the world in infant mortality rates, how do the poor and uninsured rate or the Native Americans on the Indian reservations rate? There is a gap so wide that it might as well separate the poor and the Native Americans from the rest of America by an ocean's width."

interGenerations: A Series Of Documentaries Made By Albuquerque's Middle Schoolers.
"Friday, May 9, 2007. Door opens at 6:30PM, program starts at 7PM. The Wool Warehouse Theater, 516 1st Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico."

Another Native blog; Indigenous People's Issues Today.

My friend, MN writer and former Golden Gloves boxer, Mark Connor, has a new blog; Boxers and Writers Blog.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

sobering analysis

A sobering analysis of the American economy, and by extension, the Canadian economy [from an unexpected quarter].
"On August 15, 1971, president Nixon declared bankruptcy. It wasn't worded like that, of course. But what Nixon did was to state that the US would no longer honor its creditors and pay gold for the dollar. He declared the credit documents invalid. This event has been dubbed The Nixon Shock. In any other milieu, cancelling payments is the same as declaring bankruptcy. Here, it was "just an executive order", and the world at large didn't really appreciate its consequences.
One such consequence was that the US was free to print as much money as anyone was willing to buy, inflating the bubble without any check, balance, or irritating warning light..."

bad fisherman

There is a new TV show pilot coming to TV, soon and you can help make it happen, with an email. The Skeptologists
"a TV series that focuses on the real, the intelligent and important advances in science, critical thinking and skepticism. The Skeptologists will be pitched to major networks soon..."

National Geographic news article: Polar Bear Decision Delay Meant to Protect Oil Leases?
"... likely a tactic by political appointees to delay a decision until the Minerals Management Service can finish issuing offshore petroleum leases in the Chukchi Sea.
The delay is meant to protect the leases from legal challenges, the groups claim..."

2008 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships from April 27 to May 3, 2008. Hosted by Garden River First Nation, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Another blogger weighs in on the under-reported "mass graves" story.

Rainy Lake and Noden Causeway; just before breakup 2008. [Pics click to enlarge.]

Rainy Lake and Noden Causeway; just before breakup 2008.

Rainy Lake and Noden Causeway; just before breakup 2008.

Rainy Lake and Noden Causeway; just before breakup 2008.

Rainy Lake and Noden Causeway; just before breakup 2008.

Rainy Lake and Noden Causeway; just before breakup 2008.


Great tutorial on bookbinding.

analysis of rare textiles from Honduras ruins suggests Mayans produced fine fabrics.
"... One fabric in particular had an especially high thread count - 100 yarns per inch - which Ordoñez said is even considered high for modern textiles..."

Digital artists handbook.
"The goal of the Handbook is to be a signpost, a source of practical information and content that bridges the gap between new users and the platforms and resources that are available, but not always very accessible."

Science and native tradition meet over plants.
"... it was also extremely sensitive business, with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagans at times uncertain about researchers motivations...
Halfway through the project, Craig said the two native communities began to see the benefits of the Medicinal Plant Project. It could help elders pass on traditional plant knowledge to First Nation youth..."

San Francisco Symphony records works of American Indian (Cherokee) composer.

Series of totem pole pics, at IslandRambles blog.


Friday, April 18, 2008

Attawapiskat needs a school.

Attawapiskat needs a school.

Canada first to label bisphenol A as officially dangerous. You've probably heard the noise about dangerous leachings from baby bottles, etc. If it is unnecessary to make plastic bottles without it, why is it there?


Ottawa to pay struggling pork producers $50 million to kill 150,000 pigs by fall.
"Rice said the U.S. government's decision to require country-of-origin labelling on meat products has made a bad situation even worse.

Producers are dealing with American companies that don't want to buy Canadian hogs or meat products after years of doing business because they aren't sure how consumers will respond to such labels. The situation is squeezing the hope out of the Canadian industry, which exports much of what it produces to the United States..."

Tim Giago article; Congressional Black Caucus Attacks Sovereign Status of Indian Nations. Obviously spurred by the removal of African American slave descendants from Cherokee Tribal Rolls.
"... It should be noted that California is one of the worst states in the Union where tribes are systematically removing and denying citizenship to members. Rep. Watson represents a voting district in that state. What has she done about this problem in her own district? And what about the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus? Are they not concerned that Indian people are often removed from tribes in California without even a democratic vote? Or will they only speak up when Black Americans are involved?
And the final question: What gives the Congressional Black Caucus the right to interfere in the internal affairs of an independent sovereign Indian nation?..."

Hidden from History; mass graves?

Tha Anglican church of Canada take on the Residential-Schools.


Moose pictograph button


Interesting site, aggregating custom handmade lampwork bead auctions and lampwork bead artists; Lampwork Art.

Healing Horse Spirit Powwow: HorseNet, American Indian community team up to care for horses in need.

Will Moreau Goins, Columbia - 2008 Recipient for Native American Traditions.
"Will Moreau Goins has dedicated his life to preserving, presenting and performing Native American music traditions, beadwork and storytelling. He weaves the ancient past, mythology and the present with dramatic narratives and song...."

Indian Summer Festival. SEPTEMBER 5-7, 2008.
"A blending of the traditional and the contemporary, the Indian Summer Festival offers a fun and entertaining way to experience the diversity of American Indian culture. Each year a festival theme is chosen to showcase American Indian entertainers, musicians, fine artists, and craft people."

Woven Ways
"A documentary film that shares the stories of the Navajo people, the land and livestock that sustains their culture and economy and the environmental issues that threaten the living bonds between them..."

5th Annual Great Dakota Gathering and Homecoming
.June 7th and 8th, 2008. East Lake Winona, Winona, Minnesota.

David Morrisseau (1961- ), son of Norval Morrisseau is an artist in his own right.

Native News section in The Dominion Paper; "Original Peoples".

Braid a sling, get some waboose.

Native Anew: Contemporary Indian works get the spotlight in an enormous show at the Tucson Museum of Art.
"The artists are engaged in their cultural histories," write the curators, Ellen Napiura Taubman and David Revere McFadden, who put this show together for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. "But their art transcends geography and tribal affiliations."

In other words, don't expect to see the traditional carved totem poles, so identified with Northwest Indians, or beaded moccasins or woven baskets or repetitive painted motifs of dancers or deer. Changing Hands has all the media you'd expect to find in a major contemporary show. It's a little low on photography, and it has few--if any--paintings on canvas, but it's got plenty of metal, videos, cloth, mixed media of all kinds, and installation.

But it also has elk antlers (George Blake's carved "Boot"), tanned deerskin (Emil Her Many Horses' tribute piece "9/11 Tipi") and reservation dirt, embedded into Peter Morin's "Dirt Jacket." And nearly every piece of art makes an allusion to being Indian."


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

monuments and sacrilege

Aboriginal group releases list of mass graves: Claim four such locations are in Alberta.
"Sylvester Greene says he and three others were hired by a minister at the United Church residential school in St. Albert to dig a grave for a little boy back in the mid-1950s...
"I remember the grave being too short for the coffin." They then had to enlarge it to make the coffin fit, he said.
Churches that ran residential schools are disputing the presence of grave sites..."

Navajo Nation without internet.
"OnSat Network Communications Inc., the company that had provided the service, said that's because it has not received $2.1 million in federal funds needed to pay a subcontractor for satellite time.
The Universal Service Administration Co., which administers the E-rate program, is withholding the funding because of a tribal audit that showed OnSat may have double-billed the tribe..."

Anger-inducing story of a family being framed by Sherrifs, prison informants and prosecutors in Louisiana.

Root system of a Swedish Spruce forest is 8000 years old.

The cute little kitty that wouldn't leave us alone at our deerhunt host's farm. Kind of like a Tribble, with fleas.

On the highway, heading home from my Spring trip to Anurag Art Bronze Studio and Foundry.


I've had ambiguous feelings about the Crazy Horse monument that is being carved into the Black Hills. It will be the largest sculpture in the world when finished and a grand memorial for a great Native leader, but at the same time, it is defacing the same sacred land that he died protecting, in much the same way that Mount Rushmore is an act of sacrilege. Furthermore; Crazy Horse refused to have his picture taken and we do not have a likeness of him to reference; by his choice, he kept his identity for himself and his people, but this monument will give him a false face, indefinitely.

Australian article; Crazy Horse's Revenge.

Monument homepage




Pima Center art tells of Native American culture

Fake Morrisseau?

Native Blog; Radical Indian.

Russell Means [dot] com.

Megaliths [dot] Net.
"The Megaliths of the World as Astronomy & Land Survey System"


Lebanese snake fossil with two legs discovered.
"Two theories compete. One points to a land origin in which lizards started to burrow, and as they adapted to their subterranean existence, their legs were reduced and lost - first the forelimbs and then the hind-limbs.
The second theory considers the origin to be in water, from marine reptiles.
This makes the few known bipedal snakes in the fossil record hugely significant, because they could hold the clues that settle this particular debate."


Blackfeet Tribe in trouble because of financial mismanagement; seeks to sell off rare juvenile Tyrannosaur fossil.


If you haven't had the chance yet, check out the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug - KI Friends Blog.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

I'm done with winter.

Caribou and You.Sign the petition.
"By saving the woodland caribou’s Boreal forest habitat, we’ll also fight climate change."

Amazon's 'Forest Peoples' Seek a Role in Striking Global Climate Agreements.

Releasing of the Buffalo Spirits Ceremony.
"A Releasing of the Buffalo Spirits Ceremony will be led by Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, in Gardiner, Montana on April 15, 2008, at 12:00 noon (MST). The ceremony is open to all, and all are welcome."

In Obama, an exciting opportunity (for Indian Country).

Blogger relates incident at pseudoshamna gathering; real natives protest "pretendian" ceremony, get pepper-sprayed.

North Bay, Northeastern Ontario newspaper has Native section; Niijii Circle.

New page for Nasa Science. Cool pics, educational tools.

Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium IV. May 12, 13, 2008.

Minwaashin Lodge (in Ottawa, Ont.)
"provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence..."


Ontario NDP leader calls for release of KI protestors.
"So I'm left to ask: When is the McGuinty government going to amend the Mining Act and the regulations thereunder so that no longer will we see First Nations leaders being jailed because they express opposition to these things?..."

KI-6 Leader's Ledger: Why We Are In Jail.
"Our dispute with Ontario will not be resolved through the courts - it must be resolved through government-to-government negotiations between KI and Ontario.
On December 7, Platinex's contempt motion was heard by Mr. Justice Smith in Thunder Bay. We offered no defence to the contempt of court motion. We told the court that we would not obey the October 25 order and would not engage in any further negotiations with Platinex. We then were found in contempt of court. Contrary to what Minister Bryant has been saying in the media. Ontario did not support KI in any way..."



More wtaer problems for Shoal Lake #40.

SL#40 flash presentation.


Ancient carvings tell of life along the Susquehanna River
"Before construction of the Conowingo Dam inundated that island more than 80 years ago, area residents insisted on preserving what has become known as the Bald Friar rocks, named for the area where they were discovered... After they were removed from the rock island, the petroglyphs were displayed at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore for many decades, but have since been restored and preserved at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory in Calvert County. The lab's staff has studied, analyzed and catalogued the collection, which will be shared with museums throughout the state..."

Of course, early twentieth century methods of rescuing the petroglyphs included dynamite.

Another Bald Friar page.

Bald Friar petroglyphs 1877.
Bald Friar petroglyphs 1877


Another Native Blog, Breaking Kay Fabe; from Ernie Todd, owner of the Canadian Wrestling Federation.

Finding a home for bones of ancestors.
"... A tangled tale of land, dollars and human remains is unfolding in North Saanich, where Tseycum First Nation is running out of space to bury the bones of its ancestors... In mid-June, a Tseycum delegation will go to New York on a historic trip to bring 55 sets of remains back from the Museum of Natural History."

Norval Morrisseau's house on McKenzie Island.

If you have been thinking about starting your own Native Blog, NativeBlogs.Info has just started up; based on the Wordpress platform.

Russell: When does ethnic fraud matter?; article at Indian Country Today.


imagineNATIVE co-presents Club Native at the 15th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
"a brave look at the lives of four inspiring and eloquent women (including Waneek Horn-Miller) whose lives are forever changed when they fall in love with the wrong guys and "marry out" of their Mohawk Nation."

HotDocs;Canadian international Documentary Festival, Toronto, April 17-27, 2008.


"By studying monumental Maya stone sculptures from the fifth through eighth centuries in Mexico and Central America, she looks for clues to how civilizations put their own spin on the past for religious, political or other reasons...
"Moving these sculptures, burying them, digging them up, breaking them, putting them in new places - what fascinates me are all the ways people were able to create, display and modify their histories," she said. "For the Maya, we see moments of warfare in which sculptures were broken. We have examples in which they weren't cleaned up and other examples in which they were, and those pieces were then taken and buried as if they were human bodies."

New Tim Giago article; 1,560 Columns Later.
"... There were letters that came into my newspapers that called me an SOB and worse. Without hesitation they were published, but there were times we had to clean up the language a bit in order not to offend our readers. This is not true for many of the Indian owned newspapers published today. Those that are owned by an Indian tribe will not allow any letters of criticism of the paper, the tribe or the tribal leaders to be printed. This is censorship plain and simple..."

Hey, wannabe writers. Third Annual Movie-Plot Threat Contest.

Red Ink Magazine.
"Red Ink's primary mission to highlight Native American intellectual and creative expression through the media of poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, scholarly articles, original artwork and photography, and book, music and film reviews... Red Ink Magazine provides a vital forum for both students and non-students to engage in an open dialogue with other Native American researchers and writers in their respective fields...."

Isuma.TV seeking native video submissions.

First Nations Composer Initiative, FNCI.
"Through this medium, we intend to provide a virtual gathering place for all interested in American Indian music in all its forms-performance, composition, theater and film, dance-both contemporary and traditional..."


Sunday, April 06, 2008

comfy Mukwa

This looks so damn comfy... It actually reminds me of me.

Found at Laelaps blog.





Washington Post article,NATIVE TONGUES - If They're Lost, Who Are We?;
David Treuer: "But even as our populations are growing, something else, I fear, is dying: our cultures.
Among my fellow Indians, this is not a popular thing to say. Most of us immediately sneer at warnings of cultural death, calling the very idea further proof that "The Man" is still trying to kill us -- this time with attitudes and arguments rather than discrimination and guns. Any Indian caught worrying that we might indeed vanish can expect to be grouped with the self-haters. While many things go into making a culture -- kinship, history, religion, place -- the disappearance of our languages suggests that our cultures, in total, may not be here for much longer..."

Another Native Blog, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug - A place for friends of KI First Nation.

"What is the Federation of Sovereign Nations (FSN)?

FSN is an international organization of independent indigenous nations formed in 2007 to promote peace, unity and protect indigenous peoples from genocide.
The FSN and its member nations strictly adhere to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Nuremburg Principles."

"The Day That Cries Forever", is a collection of stories from the people of Chenega, a Native Alaskan village, which was destroyed by a tsunami after the Good Friday earthquake in 1964.
"Their stories will be unveiled on Saturday at a free staged reading of “The Day That Cries Forever” at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Salisbury Theatre. Dale Seeds, a professor of theater and dance at College of Wooster in Ohio, was introduced to a book of the same title in 2005 and crafted the interviews into a screenplay."

Hey! New free audiobook site; Wowio.
Update: Aaaaaarrrgggghhhhhhh!!!!!! Only available to USA readers... so far.

Archives Canada. Look some stuff up, eh.

Aboriginal Arts Gallery Saskatchewan.

Clarence Two Toes #7, now available. Looks like Ryan has made some more changes to MoosegutsLive


Saturday, April 05, 2008

Goose poop and coprolites

Those great big poop machines have returned to Pither's Point Park.

Geese gathering- Pither's Point Park.


The great podcast novel trilogy by JC Hutchins, Seventh Son, has spawned progeny.

Seventh Son - Obsidian; will be an exploration of the two-week electrical blackout [from the trilogy], as seen from the minds of Hutchin's fellow podcasters and the legion of fans, whom have been invited to participate.


Air Canada to charge for customer service... that rightly should be covered by the price of your ticket.



Tasty, preservative-enriched telephone poles.



"Scared Artists" interview with Marilyn Russell, at Abbey of the Arts. Ms. Russell's homepage.
"I have always painted. I think a lot about painting, of what I want to say in my work. I continue to paint in the Southwest and to paint images of what has been important to the Native Americans. Their motifs and symbols fascinate me..."


An interesting resource, at the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan; Aboriginal (First Nations and Metis). Includes entries for the individual First Nations, treaties, history, significant individuals, etcetera of Aboriginal Saskatchewan.

Fossil ivory is becoming a major export from Siberia; mostly to Asia, but it is sure being used in the Northwest Coast and Inuit artistic traditions, as well. Some more fossil ivory info.

New finds of fossilised human coprolites in Oregon indicate people in North America, at least a thousand years before "Clovis" period... and DNA has been recovered!

New collection of Terence Mckenna audiofiles.

Margaret Mead Film; April 30 deadline.
"... the longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States, encompassing a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction. The Festival is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects..."

Call for art donations.
"The Native American Rights Fund is currently seeking donations of art and other items for its 7th Annual Visions for the Future Benefit Art Auction."

Legality of Collecting NAtive Artifacts; A blog post at Experience8.

1st Annual Native Public Radio Art Auction, April 19, 2008.



Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Post- "April fool's" comedown.

Drama On The Speedcourt. A short film made with the guys at
SpiritFire Paintball Park, summer 2007.


Protest in Kenora, Ontario; in support of jailed Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuewug protestor and leader, Cecilia Begg.
"I think our treaty rights have to be enforced. They have to be respected," declared Lorraine Major, the chief of Northwest Angle First Nation [NWA#37]. "I don’t think that there should be political prisoners in Canada and this is what Cecilia is."

[Pics click to enlarge.]
I am not sure where this picture was taken, but I found it at Break.Com.
deep snow

This little guy found at ICanHasCheezburger?
angry squirrel. Icanhascheezburger.

Temporary island in the Rainy River.
Island, Rainy River, spring 2008. Broken Vulture Art.

A photoscan of my "door installation", at Anurag Art.
Anurag Art bronze foundry and studio. Broken Vulture Art; door painting.


Another Native Blog, On the Wings of Eagles; taking direct aim at wannabes, pretendians and fabricated tribes.
"Comments are the personal opinions of the author and might or might not coincide with the opinions of other American Indians, Tribes, or Organizations. The author is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Shawnee Tribe."

Photo contest at Magenta, for professional photographers in Ontario. Seasonal deadlines extending until February 2009; see page.

Tim Giago article; Bury My Hertz at Wounded Knee.

Shortlist for Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour; includes a story that is available as a freee audio book, The Best Laid Plans.

The new fantasy podcast site Podcastle, has finally gone live. From the folks who brought you Escapepod [mostly Sci-Fi] and Pseudopod [horror]. These are great audio magazines with free stories and a few reviews for download, donations appreciated.

Native American Museum of Art [NAMA, not NMAI]. Short flash gallery on the homepage, with some impressive wood and soapstone carvings.
"NAMA is a local Museum that offers innovative and creative art exhibits, collections, meals/shows, education, research, language and development. It aims to become a national and international Native American Museum. NAMA has an excellent collection of art and sculpture and is located in extremely high traffic locations."

Oldest gold jewelry of the Americas found in Peru.
"The gold necklace, made nearly 4,000 years ago, was found in a burial site near Lake Titicaca... "It was not expected in the least... It's always fun to find something and go, Wow, what is that doing here?"
In the past, it had been assumed a society needed to produce agricultural surpluses before it could support activities such as making ornamental objects... the people living in this region at the time were still primarily hunter-gatherers, he said. "They were on their way to becoming settled peoples, but they were not quite there yet."

Scientists using "intense, high-energy light" to see bugs preserved in opaque amber. Then "print out" plastic replicas!