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Moccasins: Steps Through Time

A new exhibit featuring some of the best and most distinctive moccasins from the collection at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will be unveiled on Saturday, April 19. “Moccasins: Steps Through Time” showcases the major decorative styles and structures in types of indigenous footwear worn throughout the US and Canada. A curator tour is scheduled for 2:00 pm on the day of the opening. Visitors will explore the significance of beadwork and quillwork on moccasins, how living in extreme ...
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Artist Steven Grounds – Native Evolution

We love it when our readers share with us unique talent in the community. A reader suggested we check out Native Evolution and we had to share with you! Steven Grounds, from the Navajo and Euchee tribes, was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma, in 1977. He has a life-long passion with art. After graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2004, he began to focus his artistic vision under the moniker Native Evolution. It ...
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Reaching for the Stars: A visit with Star Nayea

Artist and Activist Star Nayea is well known for her powerful voice. When she sings, her voice is a mighty outreach of  soul and strength.  When she speaks, she shares her story and her insights in an effort to stop the scourges that youth struggle against these days.  Recently, this outspoken performer poured out her heart in an interview with me. Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima Q) You stay so busy! On the road! Touring! What's new in your world? A) First of ...
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AkaMya Founder Sage Romero Shares His Talent

Sage Andrew Romero is from the Big Pine Paiute and Taos Pueblo Tribes. He is an accomplished Hoop Dancer that has traveled throughout the world sharing the hoop dance and Native culture with international audiences to help educate against stereotypes. Here he is dancing for Matika Wilbur's Project 562 last year: He has also produced a series of short clips he calls Hoop Stories which highlight his performances across the globe....
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Shoni Schimmel – 2014 WNBA Draft Prospect

In case you missed it, the WNBA draft is tonight and Shoni Schimmel was one of twelve WNBA prospects invited to attend. Charlie Perry with NDNSports takes a closer look at how tonight might play out for Schimmel and who has their eye on her. Coaches from around the league are taking notice of Schimmel who leads the 2014 class of shooting guards in scoring. Linn Dunn, head coach of the ...
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Country Time: An interview with W.T. Goodspirit

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Music Editor Q) It's nice to visit with you! You're so well known! How do you introduce yourself to someone who doesn't yet know you and your excellent music? A) I'd like to think I'm active and noticeable on the music scene (smile). My stage name is W.T. Goodspirit, my given name is Wayne Jackson. I come from the Plain Cree nation in northeastern Alberta, Canada. I am a country singer who dabbles in other closely knit ...
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Watch the Trailer for HEENETIINEYOO3EIHIIHO’ (Language Healers)

Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) tells the story of Native peoples striving to revitalize their languages. We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures in Alaska from a Yup’ik dog musher and then from a Tlingit carver of wood and metal. The film then takes us to a school in Wisconsin where we hear the story of a seventh grade girl who was recently punished for speaking a few words of the Menominee language. We learn more about the fight ...
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Watch A Tribe Called Red’s new video – Sisters

A Tribe Called Red are having one helluva week. They just received a Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year, and now they've released a new music video for Sisters (feat. Northern Voice) to great acclaim. This song blew up the dance floor when they visited Chicago back in February. Check it out! I also want to know who did the styling for the video. One ...
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4 Photos from the UW-Madison Spring Pow Wow

The University of Wisconsin at Madison held its annual Spring Pow Wow this past weekend, sponsored by Wunk Sheek the university’s Native American student organization. Check out some of the great photos captured by Jeff Miller. Head dancer Joe Syrette, a member of the Objiwe tribe from Bachewana, Ontario, holds an eagle head staff as numerous Native American tribes participate in a grand entry drumming and dance ceremony during a Spring Powwow held at the Stock Pavilion. ...
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Sneak Peek: The Jingle Dress Movie

Back in October we talked about a movie that was in production called The Jingle Dress, with an expected release date of Fall 2014. It looks like the movie had a debut screening this past weekend a sold-out crowd at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival! Here's a quick synopsis from William Eigen about the movie: John Red Elk hears from his relatives down in Minneapolis that his Uncle Norton is dead and vows to go to the big city to ...
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