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. Sit and admire the quartzite rock faces along Pipestone Creek, and watch the waterfall crash against giant boulders. Nature has a miraculous way of renewing our strength and purpose. Read More…
After months of renovation in Albuquerque, N.M., officials at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) say the dust will soon settle in their South Gallery. On Saturday, April 15, the IPCC will unveil two new temporary exhibits that explore contemporary Pueblo life.
The two exhibits are entitled “Long Ago…”, which will present the tradition of storytelling by leading visitors through a series of Pueblo tales, while the exhibit “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will highlight the Pueblo people’s relationship to the land and natural resources.
“It’s so important to me that the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center show the world what a vibrant living culture we have as Pueblo people,” said Museum Director Monique Fragua (Jemez) in their release.Read More…
When Isabelle Dyment first stood in front of a classroom, she had no college degree, no teaching certificate and no experience. That was five years ago, and Dyment was hired to teach kindergarten at Ayaprun Elitnaurvik, a Yup’ik immersion school in Bethel, Alaska. A mother of seven and a fluent Yup’ik speaker, Dyment was terrified that first day she became an Alaska teacher.
“I passed a test and was interviewed by a state administrator,” she told ICMN. “But this was going to be my first time in front of the classroom instructing the students, and I didn’t know what I was going to do.” Read More…
Miles of sandy beaches frame the Kitsap Peninsula, and wooded trails sprawl like veins across its evergreen forests. Access this oasis by ferry (less than one hour ride) across Puget Sound from Seattle, Washington, among other routes, or take a short drive via Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
The marine waters surrounding the Kitsap Peninsula teem with wildlife, including an abundance of fish, and in warmer seasons, orcas. It’s also a birder’s paradise with bald eagles and great blue herons soaring above the sapphire blue ocean and verdant land. Charming waterfront communities feature main streets lined with art galleries, shops, eateries, coffee shops and bars. It’s the current and ancestral home of two tribes: the Suquamish and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. Here, Native culture mingles with Scandinavian, military and pioneer attractions.Read More…
The Herblock Prize is awarded annually by The Herb Block Foundation for “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous independent standard set by Herblock.” Last week, ICMN’s Marty Two Bulls was a finalist — an award that included a $5,000 prize — alongside winner Ruben Bolling.
As the winner, Bolling received $15,000 and a sterling silver trophy. Ruben Bolling and Two Bulls received their prizes on March 29th in a ceremony at the Library of Congress. John Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, delivered the annual Herblock Lecture at the awards ceremony. Read More….
In a beautiful melding and mixing of cultures, the Red Tail Spirit Singers were recently invited to perform at the TTCanFusion Musical Extravaganza that was held Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago, to celebrates indigenous culture.
It the video below you'll see what happens when the steel drums of the Caribbean mix with the First Nations drum group. Pretty cool!
I love it when people bond together over a shared interest, whether it's food, music or other cultural elements.Read More…
Randomness is a good thing. I was sitting on the sidelines at this year's Denver March Powwow 2017 wondering where my next story was going to come from and thats when Kirsten Mandes Crowchild (Tsuu T'ina & Cree) randomly appeared.
As a blogger for powwows.com, I like to keep all of my options open. Sometimes my research will lead me on a specific mission and other times, the Universe aligns itself just right and you know have the right person standing right in front of you, literally, as with Kirsten.
As the powwow dance specials were coming to a close, the #DMPW emcee Lawrence Baker called all the Women's Traditional dance contestants back into come into the dance arena and that's when Kirsten appeared, before she headed out to the dance arena, she politely asked me to hold some of her dance regalia so she could make a quick outfit adjustment. Kirsten's personality and aura immediately drew me in and as her video interview turned out, the universe was right. Read More…
Friday morning at the Denver March Powwow 2017 was very exciting, it was the first day of the powwow and everyone was arriving in good spirits! As for me, I was ready to Live Stream for our Facebook viewers so they could join in on the fun!
While doing a meet & greet with arriving folks, wouldn't you know I should run into a woman that I went to high school with and as it turns out, her daughter is a famous Jingle Dress dancer with quite a following on social media —> Stormie Perdash (Shoshone Bannock)
Whats more impressive is that Stormie has got some serious street cred as a Jingle Dress Dancer, last year she ran for the Miss Indian World 2016 title and won the, “Best Dancer” , portion of the pageant. Read More…
The Gathering of Nations is North America's Largest Pow Wow! Chief Guitars from Winslow, Arkansas has created a custom guitar based on the artwork of Gathering of Nations.
The guitar is being raffled off! You can purchase tickets online or at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow to get your chance to win.
Procedes go to HawkQuest and GON Foundation.
Body was hand crafted by Jeff Cleavenger of Chief Guitars (Winslow, Arkansas)
Paint by Brian Horstmann of Sinthium Custom Paint Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona)
Paint: PPG DBC color line base coat, 5 coats of clear using DCU2021 and then show polished
Artwork by Jeff Wood (2017 GON Powwow Poster Artist) (Graphic Design Rusty Gillette)
Assembly & setup by Jimmy Darr of 920D Custom Shop, Sigler music (Fort Smith, Arkansas)
A new film about Standing Rock is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and it has some great people on board.
Josh Fox, who shed light on the impacts of fracking in his documentary Gasland and its sequel, Gasland 2, is directing this film alongside James Spione (“Silenced”) and Myron Dewey, who owns Digital Smoke Signals, a social media film company that tells stories through indigenous eyes. Actress Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”) is the film’s executive producer.
And if you can't make it to the film festival, no worries. Lucky for us, the film will be streamed online starting April 22nd!. Read More..
Vision Maker Media continues its 40th-anniversary celebration of 40 films available for free streaming through Aug. 7, 2017.
Since Earth Day is celebrated in April, it makes sense that this month's films would focus on Mother Nature and our relationship with her.
April 4 ……………….. The Creek Runs Red
April 11 ……………… In the Light of Reverence
April 18 ……………… Standing Silent Nation
April 25 ……………… The Great American Footrace
THE CREEK RUNS RED
The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to an environmental disaster and the complex connection between people and place. The EPA calls the mining town of Picher, Oklahoma the most toxic place in America, but the Quapaw tribe still calls it home. Read More…
NICE EXTRA LARGE RIBBONWORK WATERBIRD DESIGN ROYAL BLUE SKIRT & ARM SHAWL SET – eBay find of the week
NICE EXTRA LARGE RIBBONWORK WATERBIRD DESIGN ROYAL BLUE SKIRT & ARM SHAWL SET!
This homemade set includes a skirt and a arm shawl. This dance set is homemade and features sewn on ribbonwork waterbird designs. The set was hand made by an unverified tribal artisan. The shawl and skirt are made from a gaberdine material. This set is in good condition with some stains and dirt from use. This beautiful Indian set is a great deal at its low price.
DIMENSIONS: THE SKIRT IS 32″ LONG WITH 32″ – 44″ ELASTIC WAIST. THE SKIRT IS 49″ IN THE HIPS. THE ARM SHAWL IS 22″ LONG (NOT INCLUDING THE FRINGE) AND 11″ WIDE. THE RIBBON FRINGE IS 16″ LONG. Read More…
I had a really tough time looking for Womens Fancy dancer – Amber Cleveland (Ho Chunk & Ocean Man First Nations) at the Denver March Powwow 2017, I must've walked around the lower, the middle and the outside concourse at least 4 times hoping to run into her. Then, one of the #DMPW committee members told me to stop looking for her, find a spot somewhere and let her walk by. And wouldn't you know that totally worked because I was hanging out at the announcers stand and when I looked to my left, there she was.
I have to admit, I was a little star struck when I met Amber. While researching the many powwow dancers in Indian Country to write about it, I came across quite a few youtube video's where Amber was in a dance off with other Women Fancy dancers.
Watching her dance up close is exactly how she looks on screen, shes fast, her moves are disciplined and if you blink, you might miss her.Read More…
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 Women's Traditional dancers from this year's Denver March Pow Wow.
Photos by David Brown Eyes. Read More….
Many of you may remember a previous article I wrote on Joey Montoya, a San Jose State University student who started a Native site called Urban Native Era.
Well, he is STILL achieving greatness in all of his doings. Joey spoke with me a month ago about his love of Skating and Surfing, and how he felt those two lifestyles were important for our Native Youth. Joey had this to say about his new site and his brand called Native Wave.
“While traveling around for almost a year, I visited many communities. One of the many things I noticed was the importance of our youth, and the importance of certain activities outside of school; Surfing and Skateboarding being just a few. This brand is dedicated to surfers and skateboarders, but most importantly our youth. Read More..
Pow Wow season has officially started back up so you know its time for some fresh makeup tips!
I found a couple of great tutorials from some lovely ladies over on YouTube.
First up is Nikita Elyse (Cree) from Canada, keeping things on the neutral side:
POWWOW GLAM!| GRWM Great looks ladies!
Will be looking out for more tips from both of you! Read More…
Protestors stood outside Arizona Senator John McCain’s Phoenix office on Thursday, March 23 with signs and flags to express their opposition against President Trump’s proposed border wall.
“We are here to ask Senator John McCain to officially oppose the border wall and reverse waivers that allow the government to build without environmental impact studies, without regard to American Indian Religious Freedom Act and NAGPRA,” said Gabriella Cazares-Kelly at the start of the protest.
Cazares-Kelly (Tohono O’odham) went on to say she wants Senator McCain to share how he plans to work with the Tohono O’odham to ensure that the 75 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border that runs through the Tohono O’odham Nation is not further militarized. Read More…
Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks! Plan your Pow Wow trips!
Upcoming Pow Wow
Muskogee Indian Education Powwow
April 01 – April 01
3200 E. Shawnee Rd., Muskogee, OK – 74403
April 01 – April 01
1000 Buffalo Run Boulevard, Miami, OK – 74354
Oklahoma City University
April 01 – April 01
NW 27th Florida Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK – 73106
[email protected] Spring 2017 Powwow
April 01 – April 01
290 College Avenue , Blacksburg , Virginia – 24061
If you're in the Oklahoma City area, you have to check out this new exhibit, now open!
From the Oklahoma Contemporary website:
Jeffrey Gibson is a multimedia artist whose practice includes painting, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, video and performance. His upcoming solo exhibition, Jeffrey Gibson: Speak To Me, will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions.
He effectively combines this mix of references into unique artworks that additionally employ text to address issues and events beyond his own subjectivity. Gibson’s artworks draw thoughtful attention to these cultural and historical traditions while affirming their vitality and relevance to contemporary life. Read More…
For our powwows.com readers, many of you are learning that our powwow dancers come from unique and diverse backgrounds, which sometimes make their personal stories very compelling.
As you listen to Kayla's interview above, you'll find that she's charismatic, has tons of depth and uses the powwow arena for personal healing. Most people would assume that the Jingle dress dance would better suit her because of the specific healing prowess of that dance but yet, she chooses the butterfly dance (aka women's fancy dance) to express herself and help lift her soul. And as we watch her dance, her enjoyment becomes ours and we become lifted too, thanks Kayla!
Also, if you're in the area states of – Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming & Montana, Kayla's family will be hosting a dance special at the 47th Annual Idaho State University (ISU) Powwow on April 1st, 2017. Read More…
Canku Onestar that guy is a really good Fancy Dancer.
Canku represents the Sićangu, Oglala Lakota, Onieda & Seneca Nations. Every Powwow generation has its most noted dancers and holding the torch for the Men's Fancy division is Canku, pronounced (jong-koo).
What makes Canku a champion dancer is not his diligent footwork or his precision stops but his humbleness & super positive attitude. He recently acquired his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and is a certified personal trainer. Canku credits playing sports and cultural dancing for keeping him fit and active.
While listening to Canku's interview, you can definitely feel the passion for his art and immense respect those who paved the way before him. Read More…