Author: Darren Thompson

Northern Plains Indians: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective

A photographer from Bismarck, North Dakota has been taking a special interest in the people of the Northern Plains lately using a photographic method invented in the mid-1800’s. You might have seen some of Shane Balkowitsch’s photographs—the historic yet timeless, black-and-white, detailed images of some of Indian Country’s most recognized...

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Star Quilt Maker Shares Her Journey

Millie Bridwell specializes in a cherished art among her peoples - she creates and makes star quilts. Making star quilts is a process that is as complicated and challenging as learning a new language, and in some ways is just as symbolic as the giving of an eagle feather in...

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Native Fashion in the City

Native Fashion in the City is hosting the 4th annual Native Fashion in the City at Cluster Studios in the Ri-No Art district in Denver, Colorado on Friday, March 24, 2017. The premier Indigenous fashion event features top designers and models from across the country through a series of workshops, appearances...

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Water is Life Expo

National Organizations to Launch Annual Water is Life Expo Focus on Raising Funds for Clean Water Flint, MI—Several national organizations including Black Lives Matter, the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Hip Hop Caucus, and the New McCree Theater have partnered with Hip Hop 4 Flint and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe...

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National Arts Organization Visits Standing Rock

Turnaround Arts Pays Visit to Standing Rock Indian Reservation by Darren Thompson, Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Turnaround Arts, a national arts organization based in Washington, D.C., recently paid a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The visit included appearances at Standing Rock Elementary School, Solen...

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Bead Artist Elias Not Afraid

  Elias Not Afraid is fast becoming a well-known and established bead artist. His work ranges from being a full-time contributor to Crow/Northern Cheyenne fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail’s Yellowtail Collective to having his work worn by the Black Eyed Peas very own Taboo™️. Originally from Lodge Grass, Montana on the...

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Norma Baker Flying Horse Sews It Straight

  [caption id="attachment_17497" align="alignnone" width="566"] Norma Baker Flying Horse[/caption] Norma Baker Flying Horse is one of the most recognized appliqué designers of the Northern Plains that has represented a tradition that spans back centuries. An enrolled member of the Hidatsa Tribe from the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota as...

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