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."


Monday, March 23, 2009

Fort Frances "Relay For Life" painting; 1

Bingorage quote of the day:
"JohnnyCat... Did you know that your distant ancestors spent alot of time eating my distant ancestors. Evidently we were pretty tasty and easy to catch... and now, I spend alot of good money to feed you and have you go poo on my carpet..."



Last June, Pam Caine at the Fort Frances Museum asked me to participate in a couple of events linked to the David Thompson Brigade arrival in Fort Frances. One event was the schoolchildren's day out at Pither's Point Park learning about David Thompson, the fur trade and First Nations history, through art activities, games, music and Q&A. The link to my posting about that event and the painting that I created during the event can be found here.

The second event linked to the arrival of The Brigade, was the Fort Frances "Relay For Life". My participation in this event included building a large canvas and beginning a new painting based on my absorption of the events, the land and the people that its "birth" was embedded in.

That day and night were very wet, but I had a spot under the big tent to work in. It was important to keep the electrical cord jacks out of the puddles, but I was able to work and answer questions easily.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

I ended up anchoring the canvas to a picnic table, by screwing two 1"x4" pieces to the table and then tacking them to the box structure of the canvas. I ended up leaving the canvas, unattended in the park, for 24 hours after the next morning, so that the paint could dry enough to move it.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

The base background of the piece was to be a representation of the Pither's Point Park geography, as seen from the air; a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water.

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Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Most of the night was spent building and priming the canvas. In order to make a provocative change in the piece and stir my interest in it through the fog of 3AM, I turned the piece on its side and made a significant change in the colour composition.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

The black strip was partly inspired by the noir of night and the small details of bright points within it were inspired by the 'lumieres', lit in memoriam to those whom had lost the fight with cancer.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

As morning brightened and the numbers of people walking around increased, I finished the initial composition by sketching in some figures and objects, by scratching their outlines in the wet paint with the tail end of a brush.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.


Several months passed.

This painting spent some time in my shed and a whole bunch of time in a corner of my studio; throughout deer season and the depths of winter. There was a warming in February, however, and I returned to the piece. The first pic shows the painting, unchanged from the park, but dry.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

I've long been waiting to add colour to the heart element of the composition and begin to refine the face element, in "the sky.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Water/wave elements added along the 'North' shore of the PPP representation.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Filling in the David Thompson Brigade/Voyageur canoe representation.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

The most prominent element of the composition (so far) has been the "stitched-together-broken-heart". For me, it represents the struggle to repair two distinct "broken hearts": There is the repairing heart of the cancer struggle, representing the 'relay for life' effort and then there is the repair of historic damages done to the land now called Pither's Point Park (burial mound bulldozed, 99 year lease, railway cutting it in half).

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

A brown 'hill' is added to represent the rebuilt burial mound (yet to be realised).

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

The 'needle' of the stitching material is being incorporated into a pelican representation, down where the pelicans congregate at the Southeast end of the peninsula.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Last of the 'black stripe' eliminated from the water element at the right side of painting.
Current incarnation of the "Relay For Life" painting, juxtaposed with 'sketch' incarnation.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.

Broken Vulture Art. 'Relay For Life Painting'. Bingorage Studio.



Me, silly hat and 3 lb+ walleye, caught through the ice (fish, not hat).

Broken Vulture Art. Rainy Lake walleye. Bingorage Studio.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Some of Bingorage's Fave Podcasts and Related Advice for Curmudgeons and Audio Cheapskates

Before I get to my list of -and comments about particular- pocasts, I would like to discuss a few general points about the whole podcast thingie (Technical term; do not try at home). {Update, March 17: Most of the following suggestions contain some adult content. Check with podcast info page, if this is a concern.}[Pics click to enlarge.]

Bingorage. Broken Vulture Art. My broke-ass mp3 player.

First of all; I don't really listen to music on my Mp3 player anymore. There are so many fascinating, educational and entertaining free podcasts and audiobooks available in almost every subject area, that I can listen to several somethings new every day. I prefer to do this and think about what I hear, rather than listen to the same tunes over and over as a means of tranquilising my mind and making my life pass by faster.

Secondly; I do not ipod, or itune. Its an expensive way to go and its increasingly crippled by DRM malware. The proprietary M4p format of the itunes store prevents me from listening to Apple's content on my regular Mp3 player [I know, I know; Mp3 is also a proprietary format and Ogg Vorbis is the way to go. Ogg is not very widespread for media distribution, yet, and the hardware is not locally available. So, pphhbbbltltlt.]
I cannot even play the free itunes podcast content
on my player. I only paid 30 bucks for the new one. That's it; 30 Bones! Even the new ipod shuffle (4GB) can set you back a hundred bucks and ,maybe, saddle you with DRM-restricted headphones.
My last player cost $20 and I'd still be using its busted-ass, battery compartment coverless, worn-button shabbiness if the headphone jack hadn't gone wonky [Still doubles as 512 MB USB flashdrive.]{Update, March 17: Good news! The headphones were busted, my old player -seen in pics- still works!}. My current player holds 4GB, which is never filled. When I finish listening to a podcast or audiobook, it gets deleted (Unless it may be used as source material, then it gets archived on a hard drive.).

Bingorage. Broken Vulture Art. My broke-ass mp3 player.

Third; I listen to free content and I pay for free content. Wait... what?
Just because I choose not to give my pittance of a disposable income to a big corporation doesn't mean that I do not pay for quality content. I have a paypal account in which I put $20 bucks or so a month, then send $5- $10 bucks to a rotation of worthy and meaningful content producers. Everyone should do this; even the rest of you audio cheapskates. People driving BMW's (and up), eating at nice restaurants weekly, spending Over $300/month at the bar, etcetera... You should put out $80+ a month.

Four; Interact with the podcast community. Like that short sci-fi story? Leave a comment on the blog... check back later, for responses (no flamey, you), enjoy human contact. Rinse, repeat.

Five; If you must listen to music, get it from someone who gives their own away for free (Not the same as "pirated".) and then give them money.

Six; if you have no idea what a podcast is or how to get one... here's what: A podcast is just like a radio show, except that it is downloaded at any time and available for listening, on demand. The topic variety is as wide as the whole internet; whatever your interests, there should be a podcast out there, for you.
Audio can be stored and played in a variety of file formats, but the most common are Mp3, M4p, WMA, WAV and OGG. Non-ipod portable media players usually use Mp3 or WMA formats. If you listen to podcasts on your computer, most media players can read a variety of formats. A good, free media player is VLC.
I prefer to build a list of podcast sites in my browser's Bookmarks/Favourites folder, accessible on the toolbar. You may choose to use a podcatcher, which is a small program that keeps track of your chosen podcast feeds for new content. Look at podcatchers, here.
To download your podcast, go to the podcast website, find the posting for the desired podcast and find the "download link", usually marked as "download", "direct download" or -occasionally- linked to a small icon. Right click the link, choose "save target/link as" and choose a folder to save it in. I set up a Podcast folder, with month/year subfolders, to save my podcasts to.


Sci-Fi / Pulp / Speculative / Genre Fiction:

*Escape Pod - Science Fiction Podcast Magazine []
*Pseudopod - Horror Fiction Podcast Magazine []
*PodCastle - Fantasy Fiction Podcast []
Great trio of podcasts put out by "Escape Artists". I love to send them money.

*Well-Told Tales - Pulp Fiction Podcast []

*Scott Sigler - Horror author, podcast novelist []
The Future Dark Overlord of the Earth and "World's Most Consistent Podcaster" for the last thirty years.

*Spider Robinson On The Web - SciFi author / musician []
Great sci-fi author and wonderful narration voice.

*Variant Frequencies - Great genre fiction []
High quality audio performances, terrific writing.

*SFF Audio - Sci-Fi reviews and aggregator []

*Starship Sofa - Audio Fiction magazine []

*Darker projects - a "darker audio drama company" []
Great original and fanfic series to listen to.

*Free Reads; James Patrick Kelly - Sci-fi author []

*The Metamor City Podcast []
A new take on Fantasy, with adult themes and great cast performances.

*Clonepod - Sci-fi []

*Decoder Ring Theater "audio drama in the classic style" []
Great radio theatre in the old-school style. Private eyes, masked heroes and Star commanders.

*One Eighteen: Migration []
Great "zombie apocalypse" fiction with an expanding world.

*CrimeWAV - Crime short fiction []
Great "crime fiction" podcast, many authors reading their own material.

*Transmissions from Beyond []

*Seth Harwood - Crime fiction author []
Author of the brilliant "Jack Wakes Up", first book in the (current) Jack Palms trilogy.

*Basil Sands, Extreme Fiction []

*365 Tomorrows []

Science / Skeptic:

*The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe & Skeptics 5x5 []
The skeptical 'rogues' of the New England Skeptic Society bring us amusement, education and reason. Adult content in some of the "Guide" series, 5x5 is child-safe.

*The Infidel Guy []

*Point of Inquiry []
Wide-ranging and balanced interviews, with scientists, philosophers and important skeptics.

Skeptoid []
Short, informative and entertaining skeptical exposes of pop culture.

*The Naked Scientists []

*Astronomycast []
I love this brainy astronomer with a sexy voice.

*Skepticality []

*The Geologic Podcast []
Hilarious musician and skeptic, George Hrab. His voice talent is incredible, tremendous range of characters and expression.

*Soccergirl, Incorporated []
Sexy, fun, musical skeptic. One of the longest-running podcasts in the universe.

*David Suzuki Foundation []

*The 365 Days of Astronomy - Podcast of the International year of Astronomy []
One of the great bonuses of 2009; A new astronomy podcast every day.


*Historyzine []

*Military History Podcast []

*Dan Carlin - 'Common Sense' and 'Hardcore History' []
This Dan Carlin guy is a new discovery of mine; I wish that I had found him sooner. His "common sense" podcast provides a great perspective on current political drift (mostly in the USA). His "hardcore history" podcast is entertaining and informative as well. What really makes this podcast riveting is his narrative delivery; compelling and lucid.

Art & Culture:

*Changesurfer Radio - Ethics, emerging technologies and transhumanism []

*Tricycle - The Buddhist Review []

*Long Now Foundation - Seminars About Long Term Thinking []

*Smodcast - Humour []
One of my most favourite podcasts. The Smod is delivered by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier, the writer/director and producer of the Clerks/Mallrats/Dogma/Jay and Silent Bob movies and more. Kevin is a brilliant speaker whose mind tends to ramble and drag you into places you would not otherwise find yourself... and that's OK (If you don't have too many hangups, body issues, identity confusion, etcetera. Just kidding, it's great therapy. Update, March 17: Oh Yeah; I just listened to the new Smod and figured that I should mention... ADULT CONTENT!! Okay; keep reading

*Big Ideas []
Great lectures on a wide variety of topics.

*Out Of The Past - Investigating Film Noir []
The two hosts choose a movie from the extended library of classic and new Film Noir, then critique it in the light of Noir's: visual style, repeating themes (like loyalty and betrayal), stylised dialogue and the coded meaning of set and landscape. Very cool; puts old movies into new perspective.

*Philosophy Bites []

*The Urban Shooter - responsible "urban" gun ownership []
Kenn Blanchard is a "Black Man With a Gun"; and he's not afraid to tell you about it. Responsible gun ownership, safe firearm instruction and navigation of firearm laws.

*The Kick Ass Mystic Ninjas - Reviewing "old school" sci-fi and fantasy []

*Nobilis Erotica []
Very adult podcast; Nobilis' own works and invited authors.

*This American Life []

*The New yorker fiction podcast []

*CBC Radio podcasts - Arts, culture, variety []
Just about everything available on this page, from CBC. The archive is not infinite, however, so check back often, or "set up an RSS feed" (google that phrase).

*Ask Mr. Biggs []
Very funny faux call-in show, recycling actual calls from other shows then setting them in a new context.

*Democracy Now - underreported news []
Some of the best reporting, that you won't see or hear on the major networks. Amy Goodman still gets arrested while covering stories; something the talking heads would never let happen to them.

*Open Culture - "best free cultural & educational media..." []

*Notes From The Psychedelic Salon []
Have you ever heard a story or long musing from Terence McKenna? You don't know who Terence is? You need to listen to the things he has to say, even if you don't believe him. Other lecturers available, as well.

*Sentient Developments []
Great, infrequent transhumanist podcast. Well written, with great music. Sign up and bug George to podcast more often.

*Internet Archive; Old Time Radio []
You want to hear Philip Marlowe adventures? Amos and Andy? Groucho Marx? This place got it all... I show you.

Audiobook collections:

*Podiobooks - Podcast novel aggregator []

*Librivox - Public domain audiobook literature []


*Raving Native Radio []

*Angry Indian radio []

*Censored News Blog Radio []

*AIROS audio []
Most consistent of the Native podcast producers, so far. If you know others, let me know.

If this was helpful and lead you to some great new entertainment, let people know about. Post at Stumble, Digg, etc. Thanks.

Monday, March 09, 2009

In, like a lamb... Out, like a perch.

"... The crown’s first response was to file an unprecedented countersuit for Kahentinetha and Katenies to pay for Canada's costs. To start they wanted over $20,000 on deposit before the case could be tried, plus all subsequent costs thereafter. They justified this by claiming that Kahentinetha and Katenies are "not residents of Canada". They based this deceptive false argument on an unsubstantiated article from a newspaper published on the internet that speculated that Katenies lived in the U.S. Kahentinetha and Katenies submitted evidence that they live in Akwesasne and Kahnawake which are located in the portion of the colony of Canada known as "Quebec". They are considered residents of Canada by the Canadian government. The court refused to accept the evidence..."

This may explain the bland, yet puzzling letter that I received from the federal government, after writing to complain about the treatment of these two women at the border [As I blogged, last summer.].

The government is claiming that they are not Canadian and must pay for the government to investigate this incident.

The bulls**t signature is a nice touch.

The Peter Van Loan Letter -Can. Minister of Public Safety- scans are reproduced, here (Click to enlarge):

Peter Van Loan Letter 1. Bingorage. Broken Vulture Art.

Peter Van Loan Letter 2. Bingorage. Broken Vulture Art.

[Pics click to enlarge.]
Pulp and paper mill stacks, Fort Frances and International Falls.

pulp and paper mill stacks, fort frances and international falls. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Papier mache flower, with face.

papier mache flower, with face. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

New postings from Tim Giago:

New Tim Giago article, Who Were the Real Victims of Wounded Knee 1973?

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Consideration.

Throwing Tom Daschle Under the Bus

An Indigenous Perspective on the Fairness Doctrine.
"... When it was in full force and up for renewal in 1987, it was vetoed by President Ronald Reagan and when it came up again during the Bush administration, it was vetoed again. Will it be renewed or buried..."

Indigeous People Ask: Where is the Outrage?
"... Last week the Jesuits of Oregon Province in Alaska filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Why were they forced into this action? Because more than 60 lawsuits alleging sex abuse by Jesuit priests have been filed against them and in all, there are 200 known claimants in the five western states covered by the Province. Most of the victims are from Alaska..."

Tim Giago archive, at Huffington Post.

Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art, Feb. 16 to April 19, St. Peter, MN.
"... The aim of the exhibit is to support innovative, emerging artists who, while exploring their Native heritage, are engaged in work of a more experimental nature than what is generally thought of as "Native American Art."

Indian Country TV. New media site from "News From Indian Country" publication.

Shuswap actor, Darrell Dennis has one-man show in New York, "Tales of an Urban Indian". Public Theater, until March 15.
Review of 'Urban Indian', playing at New York's Public Theater, until March 15, 2009. 'Urban Indian' explores beyond Canada's reserves

The Native American Journalists Association, NAJA, is accepting "earlybird" registration for 2009 conference, until April 15, 2009. Runs July 30 - August 1.

Three new permanent exhibits to open at The Sioux City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Centre.
"... The new exhibits highlight the beauty of painted buffalo robes; the vitality of traditional Lakota games; and the persistence of the builders of the Floyd Monument...."

Regional academic helping to compile Morrisseau catalog. Daughter of great Canadian academic Marshall McLuhan among country’s most respected curators who have agreed to compile a comprehensive catalog of troubled painters' works is giving away a VIP pass for gathering of Nations powwow through a online contest. Deadline March 31, 2009.

"Native film bringing home 17th award". it's got Wes Studi starring, so he's bound to bring a certain gravitas to the film.
"Older than America" is the story of a woman’s haunting visions that reveal a Catholic priest’s sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that occurred at a Native American Indian boarding school. "Older than America" is a suspenseful contemporary drama that delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at Indian boarding schools across the United States and Canada..."

New Native Arts blog, sortof; Looking for art jobs in hawaii?

National Geographic seeking entries for its All Roads Film Festival. March 15, 2009 deadline.

Three Native designers featured during Fashion Week.

"Pictorial Beading the Nez Perce Way", through April 8, 2009.
"... exhibit that includes a retrospective of Nez Perce beadwork over the last 160 years, selections from the collections of bead artist Marcus Amerman, and new works from local bead artists will be on display at the Lewis-Clark State College’s Center for Arts & History..."

Lawton Gallery seeks Native American art for fall 2010 exhibition.
"The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery, 2420 Nicolet Drive, is seeking Native American art for an exhibition for fall 2010.

Amii John and Stephen Perkins, director of the Lawton Gallery, are looking for artwork from artists living in the United States and Canada that uses traditional or non-traditional materials to highlight the concerns of contemporary Native American artists and pushes the boundaries of what is considered stereotypical Native American art..."

New Native Blog; The Buffalo Post.
"... I’m hoping I can share more news with readers via my blog. Otherwise, many of these news tidbits might not ever make it into the print edition. I also expect the blog to inspire more interaction with readers, generating an even greater exchange of information. Thanks for joining me in the launch of this new blog..."

30th Anniversary NATIVE AMERICAN FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL, National Museum of the American Indian, NY,NY. March 26-29, 2009.

Short Czechoslovakian news review and interview with Navajo punk band, Blackfire.

A Native blog tracking American Indian Policy.

British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art. Nomination deadline March 31, 2009.

ARTpreneur; as part of this initiative, I will be hanging a new painting at the associated "Artifacts" show.
"This exciting event has been developed strictly for Northwestern Ontario's artists..."

A new Native blog, aggregating underreported Native news and opinion, Aboriginal News Group.

Manitou Island Ojibway country singer, Crystal Shawanda, to perform at the Juno awards, March 29.

Free beading graph paper, PDF downloads from Bead and Button Magazine.

The new-age scourge of "instant shamans and plastic medicine men"; addressed in posting at Shmohawk's Blog.

Short article about James Luna art installation, Take A Picture With A Real Indian.
"... he beckons the crowd once more. However, this time Luna appears in front of the camera wearing a Polo shirt, khaki pants, and loafers. Not surprisingly, the crowd seems less eager to take a photo with a man who proclaims to be Indian but looks strangely like the rest of us..."

Another Native Blog, Musings of a PostIndian Warrior.

Balance of Mother Earth Art Show, Ahtsik Art Gallery, Port Alberni, B.C. April 18th - June 15th, 2009.

An article recounting Sherman Alexie lecture describing his challenging childhood. Native American Writer Details Personal Struggle.

"... The study by Hill Strategies Research (prepared for Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council) revealed that Canada's 140,000 artists had annual incomes that were 37 per cent lower than the average Canadian worker... aboriginal artists garner 30 per cent lower earnings than all other artists at $15,900 annually. The numbers are appalling..."

How to get free radio software, to set up your own radio station. From Media Helping Media.

Aboriginal Underground Art Crawl 2009, March 13, 2009, Victoria, BC.

New York Public Radio podcast of interview with Mohawk artist, Charlotte King.

Rock Art exhibit, at High Desert Museum, Oregon, Feb. 13 - May 31.
"... The sculpture, painting, photography and archeological findings offer varying perspectives of this art form, including numerous samples from Portland artist Lillian Pitt..."

Bio. of Carl Beam.

Artist grants available to USA Native artists, at First Peoples Fund.

New website for Native American Public Telecommunications [NAPT].

Blackfoot tribe in Alberta opened a new museum, but finds obstacles in retrieving historic/prehistoric artifacts from museums and private collections.

Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challengea creative writing contest for young Aboriginal Canadians (ages 14-18 and 19-29). Deadline, March 31, 2009.