Native News Weekly Update – 13 April 2017


Posted By PowWow Articles April 13th, 2017 Blog


Apocalypse Prophecies: Native End of the World Teachings

Apocalypse Prophecies Native End of the World Teachings

“In the Hopi teachings,” he began, “we are told that toward the end of the world, Spider Woman will come back and she will weave her web across the landscape. Everywhere you will see her web. That’s how we will know that we are coming to the end of this world, when we see her web everywhere. I believe I have just seen her web.”

That was Thomas Banyacya’s reaction to seeing the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, which sends electricity from the Niagara Falls generating plant throughout Western New York. Banyacya is a Hopi traditionalist interpreter and that passage is from Thinking In Indian: A John Mohawk Reader (Fulcrum 2010).



The world was crying Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012, so it seemed prudent to explore other end of the world teachings. Even though the Mayans weren’t actually predicting the end of the world, we’d play along anyway. Some of those teachings are just as relevant in 2017 as they were in 2012. Read More…

Food Sovereignty: Nourishing and Teaching the Next Generation

Food Sovereignty Nourishing and Teaching the Next Generation

Our freedom rests in a handful of corn seeds. How can we be truly sovereign peoples (economically, politically, culturally) if we cannot feed and nourish ourselves? We are indeed swimming upstream against a long legacy of scorched earth policies by the dominant colonial forces that systematically dismantled our traditional food systems to attempt to take away our power. Many tribal communities and individuals are returning to the land, and cultivating an array of healthy traditional foods to rebuild our vibrant indigenous economies and lifeways to return food sovereignty to the communities. This is indigenous resilience, as we move through the era of disconnection to our foods and traditions, and breathe new life into them by restoring those intergenerational pathways of learning. My daughter Maizie is finding her heart and path in the world, thanks to these generous friends who take time out of their busy works in the kitchen to offer a place to help. Read More…

The New Deal for Tribes: Resource Extraction & Toxic Waste (Minus the Jobs)

The New Deal for Tribes Resource Extraction & Toxic Waste (Minus the Jobs)

A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The company promised jobs. And, for a time, for a couple of decades, there were those jobs. But after the resource was consumed, the mill closed, the company disappeared, and the shell of the enterprise remains today.

This same story could be told in tribal communities across North America. Sometimes the resource was timber. Other times gas and oil. Or coal.

The lucky communities were left with a small toxic dumpsite. More often there was major cleanup work required after (plus a few more jobs). And in the worst-case scenario, a Superfund site was left behind requiring government supervision and an even greater restoration effort. Read More…

UNLV Hall of Fame Inducting Three-Point Shooting Great Gwynn Grant

UNLV Hall of Fame Inducting Three-Point Shooting Great Gwynn Grant

The University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) will welcome its record-setting three-point specialist Gwynn Grant (Hobbs), into its athletic hall of fame May 4. The Navajo point guard who played from 1991-95 has her name in the school record books 21 times.

Her records of 71 three-pointers in a season and a 40.6 career shooting percentage from deep still stand, 22 years after she graduated. She will be one of 10 people inducted at the Thomas & Mack Center, the arena she played in.

“It was very exciting news,” she said from her home in Conehatta, Mississippi. “It’s a big accomplishment.”

Grant says she had dreamt of playing college basketball as a young girl in Ganado, Arizona, so she decided to join a childhood friend for a basketball camp at Navajo Academy in Farmington, New Mexico. She attended Navajo Academy (now Navajo Preparatory School) from 1987-1991. Read More…

Great Videos and Music from 8 Indigenous LGBTIA and/or Two Spirit Musicians

Great Videos and Music from 8 Indigenous LGBTIA and Two Spirit Musicians

From Onondaga to Peru to Australia, Two Spirit musicians and indigenous LGBTQIA musicians are decolonizing music in concert halls, clubs, and drag shows one song at a time. They use a variety of sounds including traditional drumming and singing, electronic sounds, and even classical instruments such as cello and viola.

Although the LGBTQIA Rights Movement is considered a contemporary movement, beginning with the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, Two Spirit people and thus, Two Spirit musicians have existed as vital members of indigenous communities since before 1492.

Here is a list of indigenous LGBTQIA and/or Two Spirit musicians that, in the words of Tony Enos, “reclaim their rightful spot in the circle.” Read More…

Akwesasne TV Visits the Children’s Powwow

Akwesasne TV Visits the Children’s Powwow

Akwesasne TV's “Ohaha'késhon (On the Road)” with host Kevin Lazore recently took a trip to the annual children's pow wow.

Not only did they film the cute tiny tots dancing their hearts out, but also asked the community what's their favorite thing about this particular pow wow.

Looks like the pow wow was great fun for all!

For more great programming immersed in the Mohawk language and culture tune in to http://www.akwesasnetv.com/.

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VIDEO: University of Toronto’s First Pow Wow in 20 years!

VIDEO University of Toronto’s First Pow Wow in 20 years

The inaugural “Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival” was recently held at the University of Toronto, the first major pow wow on the campus in 20 years!

The University of Toronto posted up a great video with behind the scenes footage and interviews with people at the university.

And if you want to get the full experience, YouTube user JJ TO filmed a lot of the pow wow! So glad to see the pow wow was a success. We hope to see many more of these at the university! Read More…

2017 Miss Indian World Contestants – Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

2017 Miss Indian World Contestants – Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

The 2017 Miss Indian World Competition will be held during the week of April 25-29, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Much more than a competition, this 5-day experience for participating MIW contestants share an exciting journey of “sisterhood” as they represent their tribes & communities, form lifelong friendships & memories, participate in a full stage production of the Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations which culminating in the crowning of the new Miss Indian World 2017-2018 in front of sold out audience on Saturday night, April 29, 2017. The Newly crowned 2017-2018 Miss Indian World will spend her year traveling* extensively throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Internationally. Read More..

Young Northern Traditional Dancer Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Young Northern Traditional Dancer Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Denver March Pow Wow kicks off the Pow Wow season each year. The event attracts dancers, singers, and spectators from across North America.

Every dance category is stacked with champion dancers. Many dancers come to Denver with new outfits, ready to compete!

Take a look at some of the young Traditional dancers from this year's Denver March Pow Wow.

Photos by David Brown Eyes Read More…

Tiny Tot Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Tiny Tot Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Denver March Pow Wow kicks off the Pow Wow season each year. The event attracts dancers, singers, and spectators from across North America.

Every dance category is stacked with champion dancers. Many dancers come to Denver with new outfits, ready to compete!

Take a look at some of the beautiful young people from this year's Denver March Pow Wow. Read More…

Here Are the Nominees for the 2017 Indigenous Music Awards!

Here Are the Nominees for the 2017 Indigenous Music Awards

Manito Ahbee Festival is excited for the return of the Indigenous Music Awards, happening on May 19, 2017, at Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After a one-year hiatus, the Indigenous Music Awards are returning in a new and improved format to better serve the artists in the ever-changing music industry.

The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards received over 200 submissions from across North America, and this year's nominees have been determined by music industry professionals.

Indigenous Music Awards is very pleased to announce that Northern Cree is the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award! Read More…

Exceptional Pictorial Coeur d’Alene Tribe Beaded Vest – eBay find of the week

Exceptional Pictorial Coeur d’Alene Tribe Beaded Vest – eBay find of the week

Exceptional Pictorial Coeur d'Alene Tribe Beaded Vest

Coeur d'Alene Tribe beaded vest with fully dressed warrior, having horse mask, shield, banner, and trailing headdress, sun, moon and stars, flying falcons, and American eagle with flags. Has been worn, but very good condition. Wearable. Man's size. Circa after 1950

CLICK HERE TO BUY

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Native News Weekly Update – April 7, 2017

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Why Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota Is Worth a Visit

Discover hidden gems in Minnesota’s valley of the famous red stone, Pipestone National Monument, including sacred quarries and Winnewissa Falls.

A spiritual resource to many American Indians, catlinite or “pipestone” has been harvested by Plains Indians in Pipestone, Minnesota, for centuries to make ceremonial pipes. Today, only people of Native ancestry are permitted to quarry the pipestone at the National Monument, established in August 1937.

Explore the national park on self-guided trails through forest and towering native tallgrass prairie to view the deep and staggering pipestone quarries and the roaring Winnewissa Falls. Whether you choose to meander through the trails by foot, or ride a mountain bike through more rigorous terrain, pencil in time for reflection of the region’s cultural history. Read More…

NPR Highlights Choctaw Singer Samantha Crain’s Music

NPR Highlights Choctaw Singer Samantha Crain’s Music

Thank you, NPR for highlighting another great Native musician!

In a recent interview on Weekend Edition, NPR spoke with Samantha Crain about her new album, musical influences and singing in the Choctaw language.

One of the highlights from the interview:

“I've been having a lot of conversations over the past few years about going into survival mode when it comes to keeping our Native traditions alive,” she says. “I think that the conclusion that I've come to is how important it is to be making new traditions within our tribes.”

That's especially important, she says, because many traditional Choctaw songs have been lost over time. Read More…

Pow Wow Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Pow Wow Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Denver March Pow Wow kicks off the Pow Wow season each year. The event attracts dancers, singers, and spectators from across North America.

Every dance category is stacked with champion dancers. Many dancers come to Denver with new outfits, ready to compete!

Take a look at some of the dancers from Saturday and Sunday evening at this year's Denver March Pow Wow.

Photos by David Brown Eyes.

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Jingle Dancing Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Jingle Dancing Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Denver March Pow Wow kicks off the Pow Wow season each year. The event attracts dancers, singers, and spectators from across North America.

Every dance category is stacked with champion dancers. Many dancers come to Denver with new outfits, ready to compete!

Take a look at some of the Jingle Dancers at this year's Denver March Pow Wow.

Photos by David Brown Eyes

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Rabbit Dance Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Rabbit Dance Photos – 2017 Denver March Pow Wow

Denver March Pow Wow kicks off the Pow Wow season each year. The event attracts dancers, singers, and spectators from across North America.

Every dance category is stacked with champion dancers. Many dancers come to Denver with new outfits, ready to compete!

Take a look at some of the dancers from Rabbit Dancing at this year's Denver March Pow Wow. Rabbit Dancing is a social dance done as couples.

Photos by David Brown Eyes

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N’we Jinan Artists are Back with Two New Songs!

N’we Jinan Artists are Back with Two New Songs

The N'we Jinan nonprofit program continues to work with First Nations students all across Canada to help youth express themselves through music and media.

Most recently they worked with elementary and high school First Nations students at Surrey School District Board in Surrey, British Columbia.

The first song is from the elementary students, “Show Us the Way”:

N'we Jinan Artists – “SHOW US THE WAY” // Surrey, British Columbia.

SONG CREDITS: Rachel, Justice, Lindsey, Kalo, Nick, Antonio, Dimitri, Hannah, Je'sus, Kyra, Kegan, Morgan & Ocean.

Produced by David Hodges & Gary Jolly.

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Hopi Easter

Hopi Easter

These beautifully painted eggs come from Hopi artist Duane Koyawena.

He posted the photo to his Facebook page last year during Easter.

Talk about some talent and skill!

Thanks for sharing with us Duane!

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Pow Wow Profiles Bearsheart Family The Circle Comes Around

Pow Wow Profiles Bearsheart Family The Circle Comes Around

By Jonette Ross Brown Eyes

Brad Bearsheart, Hunkpapa Lakota and Santee Dakota, began the circle in Standing Rock, ND. His father’s side of the family was in the ministry. At first, it was expected that he would follow this spiritual path. He was brought up with the goals of education, college, and a job. That was the path that he pursued, starting with a short stint in the U.S. Army.

Brad met his wife, Gabriele, at a powwow and shortly afterward they began their journey together around the Native way of life. Gabriele is from Germany where she devoured Native American history and culture. Brad said, “Gabriele is the reason that our family follows this path. Mama brought us to the circle, the powwow.” Read More…

 



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