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Throughout November, MPR News is featuring Indigenous Minnesotans making history to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Dakota and Boricua hip-hop artist Rafael Gonzalez, known as Tufawon, wants to hear Indigenous music on heavy rotation on every station. The 34-year-old grew up around south Minneapolis, frequenting places like Powderhorn and Brackett Parks and returning as an adult to record music videos.
“Speaking from the Indigenous perspective, when growing up, we would have a chapter in history class about Natives, and it was very watered down,” he said. “It was almost like in high school, my teachers kind of gave me this awakening.”
Since then he has traveled as far as Switzerland and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, performing and making new music along the way.
Seeds of Spring #1: A Mi’kmaq Teen Discovers Kropotkin, Punk, and Her Place in the World | The Prince & The Birch Tree
The Prince & the Birch Tree” is the first comic in the 15-part Seeds of Spring series. Naguset begins to learn the origin of her nickname, which means birch tree. She remembers her mother, who died when she was a child, bonds with her sister, and begins to read Kropotkin’s biography, in which his family life parallels her own experience.
In this innovative serial graphic novel, Naguset, a modern Canadian Mi’kmaq teenager, exchanges books and mix tapes with her pen pal, Chris. Her imagination sparks when he sends her a biography of the 19th century Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin. The story juxtaposes Naguset’s personal and political coming-of-age in her loving family home with Kropotkin’s rocky upbringing in a princely palace. These two stories of eventful lives and bold hearts are interwoven with Kropotkin’s theories of freedom, Mi’kmaq vocabulary and social history, and an uplifting punk soundtrack, creating a unique reading experience bound to inspire readers to think in new ways about the issues of our time. More info here SEEDS OF SPRING
“I don’t want to speak for all Native folks, but I think there’s a visual acuity and storytelling sense that aligns perfectly with the comic book medium,” Lee Francis IV, owner of Red Planet Books & Comics in Albuquerque said. “Not only words and writing, but this visual storytelling that harks back to our own stories and petroglyphs — rock art — ties it back to our ancestors.”
How I got from Outsider Artist to hosting the Turtle Island Radio Show by way of Art school and Standing Rock, the short version.
Way back in 1987 I attended a huge squat party in a Kings X disused bus garage hosted by the Mutoid Waste Company. Amongst the live bands, DJ sets, street theatre, and circus acts I was confronted with awesome mixed media sculpture.
Yəhaw̓ Indigenous Artist Collective have collaborated with Afro-Indigenous artists to create a series of posters. They are free for non-commercial purposes so you can post, print, wheat paste, wallpaper, or share how you wish – please credit the artists when you can. We’ve been printing and distributing these graphics for use at protests in Seattle and beyond.
June 8, 2020 There have been many statements of solidarity issued recently, with sentiments echoed across the world. While we don’t want to distract, or occupy too much space in this critical dialogue, we do want to take a moment to make sure our Black relatives know that we stand with you.
“I am disappointed that it took the death of an unarmed Black man for you to join the conversation about the colonial past and present of the British Museum,” says Bayryam Mustafa Bayryamali in a letter addressed to director Hartwig Fischer.
This September, IDW Publishing presents Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band – an intriguing, historically accurate telling of the high-flying career of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers and talented brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas, as they influenced The Doors, jammed with Jimmy Hendrix before he was “Jimi,” and took the 1960s Sunset Strip by storm.
You’ve heard the hit song “Come and Get Your Love” in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, but the story of the band behind it is one of cultural, political, and social importance.
If the name of this year’s U.S. Poet Laureate sounds familiar, that could be because Joy Harjo was also last year’s pick for the job. In a statement announcing the reappointment, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden called Harjo “an inspiring and engaging poet laureate,” who would “help the Library showcase Native poets from coast-to-coast.”
This is so brilliant, need something for you and your kids to do during the isolation period?
Red Cloud has made this pdf available free. Fun colouring and learn about indigenous culture of Turtle Island, just download and print.
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www.craftinamerica.org. Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary segment. NATURE episode PBS premiere: Friday, April 21, 2017. For more on Craft in America, v…
Meryl McMaster, Jordan Ann Craig and Cannupa Hanska Luger showing in the UK
Birmingham, Plymouth and London
A woman stands alone in an empty landscape, poised before a precipice. Her face is daubed with thick white paint, and she is looking back over her shoulder. On her head is a beaver-skin hat, tangled with feathers and blood-red ribbon. In front of her, the Canadian prairie stretches off into the distance.
“That is a big difference I think in looking at the revival of any sort of cultural practice, is it takes a lot of courage to do it, and then maintain and uphold it. ”
When I set out to tell this story, I knew it would be important. As a young, fair complexioned Tlingit [KLING-khit] woman who struggles with claiming her own roots and cultural identity, I knew that I would be entering a sensitive arena touching close to home.
Vanessa Bowen told ABC News today she has designed and produced “Make America Native Again” hats as a way of starting conversation about the problematic history behind Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan — “Make America Great Again” — and to raise awareness for marginalized indigenous peoples in the U.S.
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In November 2016, the Anishinaabe artist Jim Denomie was following the news closely. Thousands of indigenous and environmental activists had gathered in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. “I have a history of painting about history,” he said recently. “And I saw this as history in the making.”