Feature: Peter “Tito” Ybarra Gets Truthful and Honest on His Plans

Feature | Peter “Tito” Ybarra on Comedy by Darren Thompson, Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe For those of you in Indian Country who like to laugh, you’ve probably seen one of Peter “Tito” Ybarra’s videos on social media. He’s an all around hilarious guy who has traveled Indian Country singing most notably with Midnite Express and shares the humor many of us have experienced both on the Powwow trail and back home on the rez. And in a good way, we can always ...

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Future Indian Powwow Princess

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v01Bf6bwUtI The 2016 powwow season is officially under way and Jeanine Lomaintewa (Paiute & Hopi) of Bishop, California., is on the powwow trail. Jeanine is currently running for the Sr. Miss Pabanamanina Powwow Princess and came to the 45th Annual Stanford Powwow to sell raffle tickets and raise awareness about their upcoming powwow from September 23rd - 25th! Apart of running for the Pabanamanina Powwow Princess, the candidates must sell at least 200 raffle tickets, when I met Jeanine, she was circulating the ...

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World Champion Hoop Dancer Tony Duncan Shows Us His Skills

Anytime is a good time for hoop dancing! I'm sure you'll enjoy this video I recently watched of hoop dancer Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa) dancing at the Easy Street Arts Festival in Carefree, Arizona. // My favorite thing to do!!! Hoop dance, hoop ...

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Kiowa Nations Mourns the Loss of Artist Robert Redbird

CNN/Robert Redbird Sr. Family The Native American community learned some very sad news over the weekend. Robert Redbird, an iconic Kiowa artist, passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 76. He had been battling an illness for some time as noted by his Facebook page. He seemed to be doing better last year, but a recent post from March 1st asked everyone for ...

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Miss International Two Spirit 2016 – Spirit Wildcat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9zBDzBRrIU Last weekend, the current reigning Miss International Two Spirit - Spirit Wildcat (Shoshone/Bannock), made an appearance at the 5th Annual BAAITS Two Spirit Powwow in San Francisco, California.  I caught up with her for a quick interview: Please introduce yourself! Good morning, Afternoon, Evening. My name is Spirit Wildcat, I'm the current reigning Miss International Two-Spirit XVII. I am from Fort Hall, Idaho and an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.  My parents are Larry & Sonya Wadsworth both of Fort Hall, Idaho. How ...

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Two Spirits, One Dance with Ty Defoe

AJ+ recently shot a video at the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow with hoop dancer Ty Defoe. In this video, Defoe speaks about how traditional dance helps two spirits take back their gender identity from the negative connotations that were established during colonization. Defoe is not just a dancer, but an active member in many communities. In this piece, A Red Face in the Crowd: Identities of a Native American Two-Spirit Writer, Defoe explains ...

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Amber Midthunder in X-Men TV Pilot “Legion”

Native Actress - Amber Midthunder just snagged (not that kind of snag) a tv role on the X-Men TV Pilot, "Legion" , to be televised on the FX channel.  "Amber is an enrolled tribal member of the Ft. Peck Sioux Indian Reservation" (IMDB) "Legion" , which is a TV spinoff of the X-Men franchise, is about the illegitimate son of Professor Charles Xavier, David. David is plagued with childhood mental illness and ...


Hoop Dancer Dallas Arcand Talks About ‘Living a Circular Life’

Back in 2014, three time world hoop dancing champion, Dallas Arcand spoke at the annual TEDxYYC in Calgary, Canada. During his TedX Talk, he explains how dancing has taught him to find a healthy balance in life. "His journey of self discovery inspired his belief in the ability of circles to restore harmony. Dallas also shares his culture and performs a special hoop dance to illustrate the athletic and creative art form that saved his life." I hope you enjoy his words ...

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Mrs Universe Ashley Callingbull Redx Talk

Ashley Callingbull is a 25 year old Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta. Ashley is currently holding the title of Mrs. Universe. She is very devoted to her culture and people, and takes pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community elders and aboriginal youth. By the time Ashley reached 10 years old; she ...

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Navajo Photographer Showcases the Beauty of His Homelands

Mylo Fowler is a landscape photographer who was born north of the Navajo Nation capitol in Fort Defiance, Arizona and was raised on the Navajo Nation's Northwestern edge near Page, Arizona. I began following him on Instagram this past year and have been amazed by the gorgeous scenery he has captured. Take a look below and see if you're now blown away by these images....

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