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..."


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