Thursday, September 25, 2008

Post-fishing-spree, linkie-thingie-massacree

The Yes Men invite you to participate.
Because We Want It.

DNA indicates humans in N. America 14,300 years ago. That's a thousand years before Clovis Culture; for years the presumptive "earliest North Americans".

Feminist take on the Miss Navajo beauty pageant.

Palin's pipeline to nowhere.
"... Approximately half of the proposed pipeline would run through Canada; native tribes who live along its route complain they haven't been consulted about it and are threatening to sue unless they are compensated. Representatives of the canadian tribes, known as First Nations, say Palin and other pipeline proponents are treating them with disrespect. The tribes' lawyers warn that the courts are on their side and say the Indians have the power to delay the pipeline for years—or even kill it entirely by filing endless lawsuits..."

Juries exclude Natives
"During pre-inquest motions Sept. 8 and 9 in Toronto for the inquiry into the 2006 deaths of two Kashechewan men, it came to light that jury roll in the district of Kenora "systemically excluded First Nation people," according to a press release from Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

NAN and Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto have called on Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley to launch a "formal inquiry into the legality of the jury selection system that has been employed in the territorial district of Kenora since 2000 and more generally, across the province of Ontario..."

First Nation awarded $25,000 in legal fees for band leaders
"The Ontario Court of Appeal has awarded court costs of $25,000 to Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation for legal fees incurred in the appeal of a jail sentence for six KI leaders..."

Ottawa won't be bound by Nunavut's Inuit language law: Harper
"A new law that requires Nunavut's public and private sectors to provide day-to-day services in the Inuit languages will not apply to federal government services, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said."

What can I say?

Danish disco-wunderkind, Tommy Seebach.

A papier-mache tutorial, from scifi author Mary Robinette Kowal.

A book review of ONE NATIVE LIFE, by Richard Wagamese.

New Tim Giago article.

A remembrance of Ojibway artist, Benjamin Chee Chee, 1944-1977.

Native theater, with elders’ help, laughs at itself.
"... They said they wanted to give people an insider’s look into the Native world and show that even Native elders have a lively sense of humor.
As part of the writing process, Dalton and Bourgeois ran the script by a council of elders who not only encouraged them on but also contributed jokes and stories of their own..."

Big directory of film festivals, at

Current exhibitions at the Heard Museum.

Speaking Their Language
"The skit, which focuses on driving issues such as child restraints, distraction from loud music or cellphones, and even things like riding an ATV without a helmet...
"One of the teachers really nailed it for me - he said this is the first time at their school in an educational situation where it's been aboriginal kids talking to predominantly aboriginal kids," said Alan Long, the director. "So instead of someone from outside coming in, telling you what to do ... the message gets through better if it's people you can relate to."

Another Native BlogOjibway Migisi Bineshii.

Native American Performing Arts, how does YOUR Community measure?

New Tim Giago article.

New NFB film, Indigenous Plant Diva

ABORIGINAL VOICES – Contemporary Canadian Perspectives, September 27, 2008, Ottawa, Ontario.
"Ranging from drama to documentary, the screening program showcases groundbreaking works of established and emerging artists who, by developing an experimental approach to form and narration, have developed their personal voice. Notion of identity (collective and individual) is approached with a mix of energy and rage and often uses humour as a weapon..."

Native American artists say counterfeits, knock-offs hurt them
"... When such an incident happens, Richards said that the restaurant has a three strike policy. For the first incident, a vendor cannot sell there for 30 days. A second violation prohibits a vendor from selling for 60 days. With a third violation, the vendor is out for good.

Counterfeits and cheap knock-offs of Indian arts and crafts jewelry affect the marketplace, where vendors have to sell their items at lower costs or resort to using cheaper material to sell at the lower cost..."

Upcoming lecture and exhibition in Second Life, Mola Art among the Kuna People of Panama. September 27, at 3:00 pm SLT, in the Museum of Music in Second Life.

Norval Morriseau painting, Androgyny, installed in the residence of Canada's Governor-Genral, Rideau Hall.

Another Native Blog, Forgotten Angel.

Aboriginal contemporary storyteller and visual artist, Anthony Deiter will be showing at Hildegard's in Valdosta, Georgia. A New Native Perspective - Hildegard’s hosts Native American artist for Art After Dark.

Native American Music Awards, October 4, 2008, 8pm, Seneca Niagra Events Centre.

"Alaska art, New York address", New gallery seeks to promote Native art, raise social issues.
"Alaska House, an art gallery and cultural center dedicated to Alaska Natives, opened Monday night in New York City's trendy SoHo neighborhood...
The art was the focus at the opening, but Alaska House's broader mission is to make sure the Lower 48 is paying attention to the problems facing Alaska Natives. The reception's theme, "Life Without Ice," is meant to draw notice to the changes a warmer Arctic would force on the region's people..."

'Salvage' Native play premieres at the Autry, October 31 through November 23. Diane Glancy, Minnesota Cherokee-author.

Toronto win 'just sinking in' for Nunavut women's film group
"A women's film collective from Igloolik, Nunavut, is celebrating a big win from its debut feature film after it scored a major prize at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival.
Before Tomorrow, an Inuktitut-language movie co-directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu of Igloolik's Arnait Video Productions Collective, won best Canadian first feature at the prestigious film festival's awards luncheon Saturday..."

Ran across an interesting blog post, by artist-blogger who encountered the incredible art installation, "Buffalo Bill and the Indians on the Beach", by artist, Thom Ross.

New Mexico AG targets fake Native American jewelry .
"At least 50 percent of the Indian jewelry on the New Mexico market is misrepresented in some way, an official in the state attorney general's office told Legal Newsline..."

Rezolution Pictures International
"... is an award-winning Aboriginal-owned film and television production company that plays a vital role in bringing cultural diversity to Canada’s mainstream broadcasting landscape..."

Blackfeet member utilizes old technology, "calendar stick".
"... An inch shy of 4-feet long, the calendar stick is a tool used to mark the days, months and years. Using shadows, it indicates the time and season, while a feather waves with the wind.
A stripe of red tops the stick, illustrating the Blackfeet Tribe's creation story. From there, 30 black stripes alternate with 29 yellow ones, which are used to mark the days.
Latrice Tatsey learned that the traditional Blackfeet calendar is based on days between full moons, so the months are shorter and the year lasts 360 days.
The calendar stick also has four small lines to record quarter days once a year, a slightly different way of working out leap year..."

AIROS podcasts feed.

Call of the wild
"... In the past few months, Pam Miller, an archaeologist who has made documentation and preservation of the walls her life’s work, has noticed further damage: someone has been cleaning some of the panels, wiping away signs of the dust deposits. This could be doing more harm than good; it is work for art restorers, not anonymous amateurs...
The next morning, back at the site with Zavadil, I raise Miller’s suspicion that those in favour of development have taken it on themselves to clean up. He scoffs, climbs out of his Suburban 4x4, cuts through the desert brush and approaches a panel. Rubbing his open hand over its surface, he explains that rain or even wind could have removed the silt. Also with us is Brad Higdon, a soft-spoken planning and environmental co-ordinator from the Bureau of Land Management, which is responsible for federal (public) land. Visibly uncomfortable, Higdon tells Zavadil he is not supposed to touch the art – oils from the skin can cause damage. Zavadil quickly withdraws his hand. “You’ve seen me touch my last piece of rock,” he says..."



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