100 Years of Diné Beauty

I love watching these "100 Years of Beauty in 1 minute" videos from WatchCut. They've featured women from several different countries like Mexico, Korea, Brazil and now they turn their lens to some of our Indigenous beauties right here. The lovely Sage Honga was the model featured in the video. Helping with the research and jewelry was Nanibaa Beck, AKA Not Above, whose jewelry we've featured in our gift guide before. Erin ...

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Google Doodle Honors Native Author James Welch

If you logged on to Google this morning you may have noticed the homepage paid homage to ledger art and a Native American writer. Just time to celebrate Native American Heritage Month! Read more from Google's blog about the Doodle and the man who inspired it. Today’s Doodle by artist Sophie Diao pays tribute to James Welch, the Blackfeet writer, on what would be his 76th birthday. Through his novels, documentary film, and poems, Welch gave voice to the struggles and humanity ...

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Last Fluent Wichita Speaker Passes On

Prayers go out to the Wichita Nation this week. Their last remaining Wichita speaker, Doris Jean Lamar-McLemore, passed away on August 30, 2016. Her nephew, Walter Lamar, posted a beautiful dedication to his Aunt on his Facebook page. In an article from KSWO news, they state that "Doris and Dr. David Rood from the University of Colorado began preserving the Wichita language in the mid-1960s." It was a project Doris was passionate about ...

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National Native American Veterans Memorial to Finally Be Established

Photo by Emil Her Many Horses, NMAI. Our Native veterans have been honored many times, but there is currently not a national monument erected in their honor. That will all change soon as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has been charged by Congress with establishing a National Native American Veterans Memorial, in hopes that “all ...

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Native American Blood Quantum, Facts and Myths

      One of the most misunderstood aspect of Native life is Blood Quantum and one of the most common questions is: "What is Blood Quantum" ? A myriad of answers will cascade forth depending on the person and their understanding of what you are asking. For in some communities a person could be counted as Full Blood but not meet the minimum Quantum to enroll in a particular tribe! This mainly because the person ...

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Finally – Andrew Jackson Will Be Removed From $20 Bill

The US Treasury has finally decided, according to the Wall Street Journal.  After a social media poll where people voted between four finalists - former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and first female chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller, the decision has been made to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman. Photo from Wikipedia According to Wikipedia: Born a slave ...


Te Ata – Chickasaw Woman’s Story Lights Up the Screen

Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for presidents and royalty. Yet of all the stories she ...

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Michelle Obama To Visit Santa Fe Indian School for Commencement

In a press release from the White House this week, it was announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be giving the commencement speech at Santa Fe Indian School on Thursday May 26, 2016. Santa Fe, New Mexico – As part of the White House Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative, the First Lady will deliver the high school commencement address to the Class of 2016 at Santa Fe Indian School. Gen-I works to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a ...

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Honoring the Last Surviving War Chief – Joe Medicine Crow

Alex Brandon/Associated Press The loss of any of our elders is tough, but this one is especially heartbreaking. As many news outlets across Indian Country have reported, the last surviving Crow war chief, Joseph Medicine Crow, has passed away. He was 102. In this post from Matthew Brown with the Associated Press, he details Medicine Crow's early life. "A member of the Crow Tribe's Whistling Water clan, ...


Historical Moccasin Photos

Moccasins are perhaps one of the few dance clothes components wore by dancers, that still retain a great deal of tribal identity in the cut and decoration style used. Concerning the one-piece, soft-soled Omaha moccasins, Fletcher & LaFlesche state, “The moccasins of the Omaha were made without (separate) soles and the (beadwork) embroidery was confined to a narrow band on the top of the foot and the flap about the ankle. There was no marked difference in style between the moccasins worn ...

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Jingle Dancing

Jingle Dress is also called a Prayer Dress. There are differences in the origins of the dress among the tribes. The dress was seen in a dream, as an object …



How to Mount Deer Toes – Craft Tutorial

  Deer toes have long been used as natural bells for dancers to keep rhythm with the drum. Some traditional men dancers are returning to this natural sound. Deer toes …