Monday, May 30, 2005

Special Memorial Day Programming


AIROS - providing you with authentic Native American music, news, entertainment, interviews and discussions of the current issues in Indian Country and the world. AIROS is an international distributor of Native American programming through the Public Radio Satellite System.

The Opening Moment: An NMAI Celebration

NMAI Procession
Photo courtesy of Gregg McVicar (Tlingit), host of Earthsongs

A six-hour documentary series that will place your listeners amid this great swirl of positive energy, enjoying the expressions of living cultures and the great feelings of respect and pride felt by Natives and non-Natives who were there to witness the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall. The program was produced by Koahnic Broadcast Corporation with assistance from the Smithsonian’s NMAI.

Images from the opening as well as dates and times for the programs are available here.

Special Memorial Day Programming

Native America Calling on Monday, May 30 - In Memoriam of Native Warriors:
Native Veterans During the Honor the Earth Powwow Grand EntryIn the U.S., the holiday we now know as Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The day was set aside as a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the country. However, for some Americans it’s seen as the beginning of summer, the end of the school year, or a three-day weekend. Yet, for families and friends who have lost loved ones in military combat, Memorial Day has special significance. This is the day set aside for the country to pay honor to those fallen warriors. What is your Native community and family doing to honor your fallen warriors? Guests to be announced.

Voices From The Circle for Memorial Day:
This week, VOICES FROM THE CIRCLE: NATIVE AMERICAN RADIO producers Jim DeNomie & Barbara Jersey honor veterans and those who have paid the ultimate price in service. We also include classic Joanne Shenandoah along with A. Paul Ortega, song/story by Storm Seymour and Woodlands pow wow selections.

Additionally, we get ourselves ready for next week's show which will feature an English/Spanish interview with Master Yarn Painter MODESTO RIVERA LEMUS. His works incorporate the kind guidance and harsh lessons of the spirits of nature which helps each kind of animal person find its true home and achieve its unique wisdom.

VOICES opens with Alice Gomez and a tribute to the "Ancient Ones."

Joanne Shenandoah and A. Paul Ortega collaborate on "If Love Is Kind."

Pow Wow drum Smokeytown pays tribute to all Vets - especially those who have walked to the Other Side with a "Vets' Song"

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl honors the majesty, spirituality and practicality of "The Deer."

Mesquaki Storm Seymour sings a J. Cash song about the days of words and paper and signatures - "Talking Leaves."

Thunderbeat introduces us to the "Feathered Serpent."

Shawn Michael Perry inspires us with his song for "Libertad."

Storm Seymour returns with a warrior song "The Ride." He reminds us that on the highway of life, enjoy the ride, it's all we have.

Xavier returns with another honor song. This time, it's to "Mother Earth".

Joanne Shenandoah and Paul Ortega pay tribute "To Those Who Dream."

Little Otter concludes this week's show with a "Fancy Shawl Dance."

Remember our fallen warriors this weekend.

WOTE Series Two: Native Nations Along the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Trail

Wisdom of the EldersThe American Indian radio series, Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program: Series Two launches on the AIROS network. The theme of this series of eight cultural magazine radio programs is "Native Nations along the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Trail." The one-hour programs are filled with oral history, storytelling, music, and environmental perspectives of thirteen tribes living along the eastern side of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. This project has been made possible with funding by the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail of the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The production would not be possible without significant in-kind contributions from our own radio production team and the dedication of the Board of Directors of Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

For program dates and times, click here.

National Museum of the American Indian



National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
A beautiful site in the family of excellent Smithsonian Web pages, with notes on current exhibitions, research links, publications and more.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Upper Current River Area











Western Cherokee Nation

Need something to do during the day at Swag Stock, come join us at the Pow Wow, only 30 minutes north of swag fest in Salem, Mo.


Floating the Current River, stop in at the Pow Wow for a few hours of Native American Dancing, food and crafts

1st Annual
Upper Current River

Pow Wow

Hosted By The Western Cherokee

10th St. & Hickory, Salem Missouri

Memorial Day weekend May 27, 28, 29, 2005,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday



Master Ceremony Don Hoffman, Cherokee/Choctaw
Arena Director Robert "Tree" Conner, Delaware


Host Drum Young Bucks, Omaha
Head Man Dancer Garrett Couch, Peoria
Head Lady Dancer Becky Brison, Cheyenne
Head Gourd Dancer Gary King, Muskogee Creek

Special Guest Larry Sellers, Osage/Cherokee/Lakota
AKA Cloud Dancing on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.


Pow Wow Committee: Oran McKinney, Dona McKinney, Jim Horton, James Ellis, John Watson


Admission: Adults $2.00,

Seven - Twelve yrs. $1.00

Seniors, Six & Under FREE

Bring Your Lawn Chairs

All proceeds and/or donations will go to the

awareness and renovation of the NEW Cultural Center

located on the grounds.


All Dancers and Drums Welcome - NO Dance Contest,

Raffles, Frybread, Indian Tacos,

Vendors of Fine Arts and Crafts,
Books, Music, Craft Supplies, and more.

Schedule of Events

Fri. 27th

Vendors Open 3:00 pm

Gourd Dancing  5:00 pm

Grand Entry 6:30 pm

Closing 10:30 pm

Sat. 28th

Vendors Open 10:00 am

Gourd Dancing  10:00 am

Grand Entry 11:30 pm

Tiny Tots 4:30 pm

Dinner Break 5:30 pm

Gourd Dancing  6:30 pm

Grand Entry 8:00 pm

Closing 10:30 pm


Sun. 29th


Vendors Open 10:00 am

Gourd Dancing  10:00 am

Grand Entry 11:30 pm

Giveaway 5:30 pm


Vendors call 573 729-2233 and leave a message or John Watson 573 729-3801


Help build the future Cultural Center by attending, sponsoring, donating or volunteering, call 573 729-2233 or E-Mail.


Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Artist: Algie Piapot

Algie Piapot was born on the Rocky Boy
Reservation in Montana, and took an
interest in art at an early age.

"I began attending shows as a profession
in 1989, and since then I have established
myself as a contemporary Indian artist."

Milk River Encampment
16 x 20

Algie never had any formal art training over
the years, but studied different ways and
came up with a style that would captivate the

The soft, luminous colors in Algie's indian art
paintings are hard to see here as they were
captured with a digital camera.

Line Shack
16 x 20

If you are interested in acquiring some of
these or other Native artworks created by
Algie, you can buy the native american art
from Algie by contacting this artist directly
at the address shown below.

22 x 28

Algie Piapot
RR 1, # 756
Box Elder, MT 59521


Thanks for stopping by.

Peaceful Autumn
22 x 24

Artist: Algie Piapot

Coming Of Spring Fresh Snow Coming Of Spring Fresh Snow Evening Solitude End Of Storm Evening Solitude End Of Storm Algie Piapot
RR 1, # 756
Box Elder, MT 59521


Fwd: [NativeNews] Navajo Nation film office being proposed wrote:

Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 07:05:30 EDT
Subject: [NativeNews] Navajo Nation film office being proposed

Navajo Nation film office being proposed

By Jim Maniaci
Dine Bureau
From: May 24, 2005

WINDOW ROCK In its search for ways to establish new jobs, the Navajo Nation
may seek to establish an office to assist the movie industry with aspiring
Dine actors, technicians and producers.

Friday Vice President Frank Dayish Jr. conducted telephone conference calls
with Navajo producer Elsa Johnson, Navajo actor Dyron C. Thompson and
actor-director Rick Schroeder.

The vice president wants to establish the office using a bank of data about
not only locations, but of which Navajos have which skills to assist Hollywood
when inquiries come to the president's office.

"We want to help more Navajos find high-paying jobs, not just as actors, but
as technicians, trainers. But it will take incentives and aggressive
recruiting. They are crucial to have a work force to handle film projects," he

Dayish said that while mining, manufacturing and agriculture are the big
three segments of economic development, there are also industries which do not fit
into those three categories, such as making movies and commercials. He notes
that with each job started by one of the big three, another three service jobs
are established.

In recent years, he said producers have repeatedly said they love to come to
Navajoland, but there aren't enough qualified people.

Elsa Johnson's thoughts

Johnson called establishing such an office "an excellent idea. If you put
together a comprehensive work force program, it would be so much easier" for
producers. She also called the Navajo Reservation "film friendly."

She thinks actors and producers would be willing to volunteer or accept a
small stipend to put on workshops for aspiring Navajo actors and technicians.
"It's fine time we do this," she urged. "People everywhere always say you can
tell a Navajo (on screen). They possess thesemannerisms. Our accent is unique,
with certain nuances and idiosyncrasies we possess that can only be captured by
a Navajo," she said.

Johnson indicated an increasing interest in North American Indian
participation in the industry.

"We need to get out of the old 1950s stigma, to work to undo that. This can
be part of the force that unravels the stigma of the screaming Indian on
horseback portrayed by a Hispanic actor. There is so much Native American talent
that is untapped," she said.

Travis Hamilton of the documentary and narrative film-making company Holt
Hamilton Productions in Mesa, Ariz., added, "She said it all. I know there is
talent out there. It might be rough on the edges. But I know Navajos need to play

Johnson followed up on that saying, "Even unseasoned actors sometimes are the
best. Sometimes it helps to get people as they are; they are in their realm."

Dyron Thompson's thoughts

In summary, Thompson urged the Navajo government to become more active in
advance, rather than scrambling around to find answers.

Thompson, who is half Navajo and half Muskogee Creek, has a part in Friday's
upcoming debut of "The Longest Yard," a remake of a picture that starred Burt
Reynolds as a convict who leads the prisoners to a football game victory over
the guards. Reynolds is in the new version which features Adam Sandler.

Speaking from Albuquerque, Thompson said the Navajo effort tying into New
Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's film production promotion effort would end up
"harnessing a lot of Navajo talent. It's awesome. It's about time. It's way

Being on the set of two filmings of Tony Hillerman novels, Thompson said, "I
found I was the only Navajo on the set!" He pointed out the producers brought
in a lot of First American actors from Canada, even though "there is a lot of
talent on Navajo."

Later Dayish got Schroeder on the speaker phone and he agreed with the

"It would be wonderful to organize native and Navajo talent pools. When we
came to do 'Black Cloud' we found a lot of enthusiasm and support, but no
organized database from which to draw talent. Navajo is a great place to film, with
incredible scenery. It's beautiful and the people are very warm and embraced
us. They were very game, even though they had limited experience with the
necessary skills," Schroeder said.

He added that it is important, with the governor's film industry assistance
program, that areas other than Albuquerque get the benefits.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Subject: I am Watching an Eagle Dance in Arizona: Piestewa family to appear on 'Extreme Makeover'

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - TV Series - TV Tome open in new window April 21, 2005
    EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - "PIESTEWA FAMILY PART 1" & "PIESTEWA FAMILY PART 2" - TWO HOUR SEASON FINALE -- SUNDAY, MAY 22 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00--9:00 p.m., ET) - (This family was nominated to EM:HE by PFC Jessica Lynch, who was on site for the build.) When PFC Lori Piestewa was in Iraq, she told her roommate and best friend, PFC Jessica Lynch, that her dream was to return to her home in Tuba City, Arizona and build her parents a house to which they could retire. But in March 2003, Lori lost her life, becoming the first American woman killed in the Iraq war, while trying to save the lives of her friends, Jessica Lynch and Shoshannah Johnson, when her Humvee was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The 23-year-old divorced mother left behind two young children, Brandon (6) and Carla Whiterock (5), who are being cared for by Lori's parents, Percy and Terry Piestewa. Currently the family lives in a small, rented mobile home on a reservation in Tuba City, Arizona. The design team built a new house for them in a mere seven days in Flagstaff, Arizona - where they can be closer to family -- on land donated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Additionally, the design team, workers and volunteers from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will also be building a Veteran's Memorial Center on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, on land belonging to the Navajo Nation. The building is for Native Americans who served in the armed services. While the building takes place, the Piestewas and their grandchildren will be on vacation at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Piestewa family to appear on 'Extreme Makeover'
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Indianz.Com > News > Piestewa family to appear on 'Extreme Makeover'

The family of Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman killed in action in Iraq, will appear on the season finale of the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

The Piestewas are the first Native American family to appear on the show. They were informed of their participation this morning.

"Lori was proud of her Hopi heritage and taught all those who knew her about the great riches of her culture. We knew that to ignore that culture in the show would be a great disservice to the Piestewa family and to Lori's memory," said show producer Andy Lipson

With the help of National Congress of American Indians, the program obtained financial support and sponsorship from the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from California. This is the first time tribes have assisted with the show.

"Our tribe strongly believes in the importance of community and helping our tribal brothers and sisters, and Extreme Makeover is all about building a better home and life for families in need," said Deron Marquez, the chairman of the San Manuel Band.

The Piestewas live in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Their new home will be located in Flagstaff, off the reservation.

Construction of the new home began immediately as the family was sent on a vacation courtesy of the program. According to Shea Homes, a total of 1,300 people will be working around the clock in order to "reveal" the home on April 19.

The Piestewa finale will air on May 22. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" airs every Sunday at 8pm EST.

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A "feel good" story!
Native Unity
Phoenix, Arizona – March 23rd, 2005

In a touching tribute to Pfc. Lori Piestewa, her sister soldier and best friend, Jessica Lynch, 21, stood at the base of Piestwea Peak with Lori’s family during a sunrise memorial service marking the second anniversary of the attack in southern Iraq that killed Piestewa and seriously wounded Lynch.

A single mother of two and member of the Hopi tribe, Piestewa was the first female Native American service member to be killed in combat. She was 23.

Piestewa and Lynch served together in the 507th Maintenance company based at Fort Bliss Texas. They roomed together at the base and later shared a tent in Iraq. They became best friends.

“We were so close that we felt we were like family.” Lynch said. “We were completely different but at the same time the difference is why we got along so well.

The wounded Lynch was held a prisoner of war until her dramatic rescue by a US combat team from an Iraqi hospital. She became an instant celebrity and the Iraq War “poster girl” for the Bush administration until it realized the young blonde from the hills of West Virginia had a mind of her own. She wrote her version about her ordeal with proceeds from the book creating a foundation to aid the Piestewa children.

At Wednesday’s service, Native American tribes, Piestewa’s parents and her two children, Brendan, six and Carla five, embraced Lynch as one of their own and the closest living link to their heroine.

Lynch sat composed and quiet with the family in a seat of honor. Piestewa’s mother, Terry, had her arm around Lynch’s shoulders. When Lynch rose to speak, using a cane for support, Piestewa’s father, Percy, gave her his hand.

Every day, Lynch said, she questions why she survived and Piestewa did not. She wishes she could tell friend she is studying to be a kindergarten teacher.

Lynch added she learned some lessons from Piestewa that saved her life: Be a stronger person and never give up. “I believe that with the help from her is why I am alive today.”

Mitake Oyasin – We are all related!

This story has been edited for content and length from a story bylined Emily Bittner, The Arizona Republic, Thursday, March 24th.

Don't Miss the Full Flower Moon Tonight

  Monday, May 23, 2005 Don't Miss the Full Flower Moon Tonight Full Flower Moon, named for the abundance of blooming flowers at this time of year, rises on May 23. It's also called the Full Corn Planting Moon.

- Using Web mail? Read about the Full Moon.
- Video: The Moon
- World Book: The Moon

May 23rd Full Flower Moon 3:18 pm Full Moon

FLOWER MOON: According to folklore, tonight's

May 23rd

Full Flower Moon

3:18 pm)

full moon is called the "Flower Moon." Why? Full moons in May shine down on the abundant flowers of late Spring. Step outside at sunset and watch the Flower Moon rise in the east--it's beautiful.

Be alert also for colorful coronas and rings around the moon, as in this May 19th picture from Andy Skinner of Yosemite Valley, Calfornia:

"On my way home from work, I saw this richly colored corona and began searching for something to block the moon," recalls Skinner. "A dead pine tree did the trick."  


- Using Web mail? Read about moon names.
- Watch Moon Video

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Welcome to Two Feathers Gallery

Two Feathers Gallery

Welcome to Two Feathers Gallery - Located in High River - 30 minutes south of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Open year round, we offer an all around collection of fine Native and Western artwork as well as Native Artifact replicas from across Canada and the United States.

We do commissioned work in painting, bronze sculpture and also have extensive experience in murals.

Make sure to bookmark this site and visit us again often for further updates.

Any questions, comments or if you would like more info please feel free to email us at

Two Feeathers 153 Macleod Tr.
Box 5457
High River
Alberta Canada
T1V 1M6
Tel:(403) 652-1024    Fax:(403) 652-1026
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