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Monday, December 25, 2006

Fwd: [NativeVue] Re: Your thoughts, please!

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a2002v2002@aol.com

As I am still healing from their  'had to  be done now' cancer surgery. I have been out of the loop anyway, Carole. Other then NativeArtsCulture1 I am not too active right now.

As far as my collections go I usually store the Poetry, Stories and Humor over at Spirit In The Wind anyway.That is a storage site, really I have four of them!! LOL;)

And I realize you have a Weekly Publication that is always ever changing, being fresh and new. So I understand your need for changing your layout to a weekly renewal, even in the story and joke department.

So that would be up to Granny and Carlos about their collections. I do post Grannys Poetry (with her permission) for ones to always enjoy:)

Ann LRD

 

wspottedbird

I think "more " people read this that you realize............"guest blogger"............hummmm,,I don't think so........hope it stays the way it is...........Judy
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 6:43 PM
Subject: [NativeVue] Your thoughts, please!


On our forum, we have a board called "jokes, stories, and other life
lessons." Several of you have been wonderful in posting there
regularly, and I always enjoy the insights and humor.

But here's the deal. Because of the shear volume of what has been
posted, I'm finding that few outsiders are taking the time to "dig in"
and read all of these goodies!

As a result, I'm considering eliminating this forum and instead take the
occasional submission and posting it on our "guest blog" which gets much
more traffic than does the forum.

What do you think? I'd especially like to hear what our three main
contributors think--Carlos, Anne and Granny. Is this a good idea?

quattroc@comcast.net writes:

And the decision is...

Let's see. Some of you like it the way it is. Some of you are okay with
eliminating the board and going with a blog posting here and there. Some
don't hold strong views either way...

So, here's what we're going to do. Granny, Carlos and Ann--if there are
any special posts you'd like to save, please do it in the next couple of
days. By Wednesday, I'm going to take down the current threads and add
new "editions" of the jokes and story forums so we can get some fresh
pickin's for the new year. And, of course, I can still add to the blog
on occasion as well. This will make it easier for readers to dive into
your writings.

 

I'm still laughing at this one… laughing5

A holiday sentiment from our homedog Rob Schmidt of Blue Corn Comics. Definitely displays Rob's inimitable style and humor, don't ya think??

HAPPY HOLIDAYS (HIDE THE KIDDIES)

Subj: [NativeVue] Get Writin' Homies! 
Date: 12/27/2006 7:42:37 AM Central Standard Time
From: quattroc@comcast.net
Reply-to: NativeVue@yahoogroups.com
To: NativeVue@yahoogroups.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

A new year (almost) and several new forums! Yes, the 2007 editions of our "Jokes, Poetry and Other Life Lessons" is now available for purchase. Oh, that's right. It's FREE!! Better Yet!

Only one thing. It needs the talent and inspirations of our wonderful contributors. I can't wait!!:D

http://www.nativevue.org/phpBB/index.php

 

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Reward increased to $30K for missing Red Lake boys

NatNews · Native News: Up to the minute news and information

(http://indianz.com/News/2006/017395.asp)

Reward increased to $30K for missing Red Lake boys
Friday, December 15, 2006

Tristan Anthony White And Avery Lee Stately 

(http://indianz.com/News/2006/017395.asp)

The reward for information about two brothers who went missing from the Red
Lake Reservation in Minnesota has been increased to $30,000.
The Red Lake Nation added $10,000 to the $20,000 reward offered by the FBI.
The tribe and law enforcement agencies have been searching for Avery Stately,
2, and Tristan White, 4, since November 22.
The boys' family believes they were abducted. Anyone with information urged
to call the FBI at 612-376-3200, the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children at 1-800-843-5678 or the Red Lake Police Department at
1-218-679-3313.

Get the Story:
_Reward for missing Red Lake boys raised to $30,000 _
(http://indianz.com/my.asp?url=http://www.startribune.com/462/story/876674.html)
(AP 12/15)
Username: indianz, Password: indianzcom
Relevant Links:
Red Lake Net News - _http://www.rlnn.com_
(http://indianz.com/my.asp?url=http://www.rlnn.com/)
Red Lake Nation - _http://www.redlakenation.org_
(http://indianz.com/my.asp?url=http://www.redlakenation.org/)

Car Thief Makes Off With Precious Native American Heirlooms

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A young woman is hurting after a thief stole her car. But it's not her missing wheels she's worried about -- it's the precious Native American regalia that was inside her car.
Amanda Brown hopes the thief who stole her car from the Northgate Mall parking lot will have a heart and leave a robe, dress, apron and moccasins hand-sewn by her grandmother.

 

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Story Published: Dec 10, 2006 at 10:35 AM PST

Story Updated: Dec 10, 2006 at 11:22 AM PST

By KOMO Staff
SEATTLE - A young woman is hurting after a thief stole her car. But it's not her missing wheels she's worried about -- it's the precious Native American regalia that was inside her car.

As her family performed the traditional dances of their Tsimshian Tribe Saturday, Amanda Brown sat and watched the steps she knows so well.

"Anybody who knows me here knows that I love to dance and I'm not going to be able to today," Brown said.

She is not dancing because hours before the Native American celebration, somebody stole Amanda's car from a mall parking lot. There were Christmas presents inside -- and something far more precious: The robe, the dress, the apron and moccasins hand-sewn by her grandmother.

"I'm so proud of it," Brown said. "And to have it taken away is really hard."

Amanda's mother, also a dancer, has this plea for the car thief who discovers the regalia:

"They can take the Christmas gifts," Cindy James said. "But if they can please leave this with the car when they abandon it...please don't take it."

Donations from other tribes are helping Amanda replace the stolen Christmas gifts.

"It feels good to have people who care," she said.

Still, Amanda can't help but wonder, "where my stuff is sitting...where it could be...if I'm ever going to get it back."

Amanda is not giving up hope. Her car is a 1998 white Acura Integra with Washington plates. It was reported stolen from the Northgate Mall parking lot on the Macy's side.

Anybody who thinks they have information that can help recover her regalia is asked to please call Seattle police.

Monday, December 11, 2006

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Old legends inspire hope for two missing brothers

 Still Missing 17 days later!

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http://www.rlnn.com/rlnews.html     News Paper Link

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of searchers used horses, four-wheelers and bloodhounds Friday to hunt for two young brothers who disappeared from a yard on an American Indian reservation
 
Tristan Anthony White And Avery Lee Stately
Tristan Anthony White, left; and Avery Lee Stately
Anyone with information can call the FBI at (612) 376-3200 or the Red Lake Tribal Police Department at (218) 679-3313.
Tristan was described as 3-feet-6 and wearing a dark blue Spider-man
Jacket with yellow trim, Levis jeans and black and gray winter boots.
Avery was described as 2-feet tall and wearing a gray pullover sweat
Shirt that says "Timberland" on the front, faded Levis jeans and
Spider-Man tennis shoes.

Old legends inspire hope for two missing brothers In story and legend, some see clues to the mystery of missing Red Lake brothers Tristan and Avery

By Chuck Haga
Star Tribune

One winter, two little children wandered off ...

So begins a traditional Indian story, as retold by American Indian writer Lise Erdrich and posted beneath a large painting in the waiting room at the Native American Community Clinic on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.

A mother sits in the waiting room with her son, watching and listening as the boy sounds out words in a storybook. Indian flute music plays softly in the background as patients, nurses and doctors come and go.

They may or may not notice the painting, which is 10 years old, or know the story below, which is based on legend much older.

They were very sick. Soon it would be dark, and Owl would get them. Women of the family called upon bears to bring the children back.

At the clinic counter, the smiling faces of two little boys peer from a flier, the paper's edges curling from being picked up and held close, studied and prayed over, again and again.

Brothers Tristan White, 4, and Avery Stately, 2, are still missing.

They wandered away from their home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation 10 days ago, or they were taken by someone, or -- what?

Searchers and investigators have found no sign of them, and the intensive ground searches have been called off.

The investigation continues.

And so does the spiritual quest to find the boys, especially at Red Lake and here on Franklin Avenue, hub of the Twin Cities' urban Indian community.

"There are Indian legends about little people who live in the woods," said William Moose, 30, an Ojibwe from the White Earth reservation, not far from Red Lake.

"If things are not going right spiritually, if Indian people are getting away from their ways, the spirits might take the children. There would be no trace of them.

"There are many people who believe this."

But there are other stories and legends, too, more hopeful, like the one at the clinic beneath the painting of Indian children, a snowy woods, and bears.

The children wandered a long time in the snow until they got so tired they lay down.

Celesta Yanez, 23, whose roots are on the Leech Lake reservation, works at the Wolves Den, an Indian social center near the clinic.

Everyone is talking about the mystery of the boys' disappearance on the eve of Thanksgiving, she said.

"I prayed for the boys last night," she said.

So did Steve Blake.

A Red Laker living in Minneapolis, Blake sat on a couch in the Wolves Den. He wore an American Indian Movement button on his jacket.

He is still angry that no Amber Alert was issued for Tristan and Avery, still unconvinced by authorities' explanation that the boys' disappearance didn't meet the criteria -- no eyewitnesses, no evidence that they were actually abducted.

"But everybody's praying hard for those little guys," Blake said. "They pray for the boys. They pray for the family."

They no longer felt cold. They could no longer move their arms and legs. They were frozen.

Bernard Clark, 48, of White Earth and now Minneapolis, said that he senses the boys are OK.

"This is devastating to all of us and especially for the people who are closely involved, the family," he said.

"But when I think about them, I have the feeling they're being well taken care of. My feeling is that even if they did go in the water, if they are removed from this planet, they are in good hands. They're being taken care of.

"I don't have a feeling of foul play."

Many strange, spotted people walked by, coughing. The children tried to call out, but they had lost their voices. Then they knew these people were ghosts.

Bears, who sometimes roam the edge of the spirit world, found these children before the spotted ghosts could take them. The huge, warm, furry bears grabbed up the children and carried them safely home.

In the painting, a watercolor by Lisa Fifield of the Black Bear Clan of the Oneida Tribe in Wisconsin, bears are coming out of the woods into a clearing. They are met by an Indian couple, who are unafraid of the animals. And grateful.

One bear holds a child by the hand. Another cradles an infant in its arms.

The children are OK.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Fwd: Re: Dartmouth Students "On the Warpath?" What do YOU think?

Hmmmmmm, think I made the same arguement.

Well, I think people better read Jason Stadel's responce to
the "Logo/Race" situation, he speaks for the vast majority of us. We
have bigger fish to fry and have real issues to tend to. You go
Jason, tell it like it really is. Like I said in some of my babble's
here on Native Vue, we like them Red Skins, and Chiefs logo's. We
identify with them in a good way. Fact is, It's one of the few things
the white folks gave us we truly enjoy. Go to any rez and you'll see
one of us sporting a logo on out threads eh. Goes to show you how
much people truly DON'T know about us or our needs.

And for those of you who still have your heads in the sand. I
reprinted his words for your viewing pleasure.

Your Devil's advocate,
Buffalohair

----------------------------------------------------------
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The Situation On the Ground

Reader Jason Stadel, a Dakotan, a Native American, and a member of
the United States Army, kindly shares his e-mail of this morning to
Dartmouth Athletic Director Josie Harper.

Ms. Harper,

I was wondering why you took it upon your self to comment publicly on
something that has nothing to do with you or your fine institution.
How would you know that the name Fighting Sioux is offensive? Have
you been to any Sioux reservations in North or South Dakota? I'm an
enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, university
educated and I serve in the U.S. Army; as a "real" Fighting Sioux I'm
offended that you would have the guts to tell me that something I'm
proud of is offensive. The nickname is not offensive. What is
offensive is the people that try to make a mountain out of a mole
hill when it has nothing to do with them.

Take a trip to a Sioux reservation someday. Then you'll see the
things that are actually problems that Native Americans deal with:
poverty, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, extremely high unemployment
and large high school drop out rates. I'm not talking about hand
outs, I believe that help comes from within first, but if people want
to try and help the Indian World, they should start there and try not
to get headlines talking about a nickname that most Native Americans
support. Thank you for your time and attention and have a good day.

Respectfully,
Jason Stadel

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Yea got to love it.

Chiao..........

NativeVue] Roger Kuhn...Folk Rocker, and a good one at that

Tara Ryan introduced Roger's music to me quattroc@comcast.net, and I'm hooked! Reminiscent of the 70's folk-rock sound, which I love. We'll be talking to Roger in the next couple of weeks to learn more; but from what I hear, he's a bright, dedicated dude.

Take a listen by visiting his MySpace. Some awesome Christmas tunes, written and performed by the man himself... reindeer http://www.myspace.com/rogerkuhn

[NativeVue] Scene4 Magazine: "Infamous," "The Departed", US!!~~and more

It's the beginning of the month...and you know what that means! The new edition of Scene4 is online, with enough depth and cheekiness to get your art fix for weeks, including reviews of the films Infamous and The Departed, Arthur Meiselman's commentary on Anthony Hopkins, and yeah...our great feature, written by Rod Pocowatchit and moi.

Read and read again... study

NativeVue Feature: TOMMY CAN YOU HEAR ME?

Scene4 Magazine Home Page: http://www.scene4.com

Star of Wonder: Tour the December Sky

Star of Wonder: Tour the December Sky
http://reference.aol.com/space/nightsky/_a/touring-the-december-sky/20061128130009990001?ncid=AOLRNL00140000000006As the days get shorter, you can start stargazing early in the December sky. Look east for the bright constellation Orion as well as Aldebaran and, higher, the Pleiades star cluster. See three planets together before dawn Dec. 10 and the Geminid meteors Dec. 13-14.



- Listen to December's Night Sky Tour Podcast
- Subscribe to Podcast
- See the Full Cold Moon Dec. 4
- Interactive Sky Chart
- Space.aol.com: More Stargazing Info

Fwd: The Atlantic Canada's First Nations

 
The Atlantic Canada's First Nations Help Desk provides resources
dealing with the language and culture of the Indian (First Nations)
people, but is primarily concentrated on the Mi'kmaq people. They
started a contest for students in November which will be used to help
them expand information they've gathered from elders. The students'
assignment is "Write a question on any topic that you would like to
have an elder answer." The current information and videos about
elders may be viewed on their website at
 
The Mi'kmaq Honor Song shown there is only part of the full song,
which is quite beautiful and is being proud of being Indian. The full
song by a school choir, along with the Mi'kmaq words and English
translation, may be found at
 
Other songs, including some Christmas songs, may be heard at
 
Other Mi'kmaq cultural resources are found at
 
 
Les Tate

Monday, November 27, 2006

[nativeartsculture] Sad News! White Buffalo calf killed by lightning?


From: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=90150568 Roger Cultee

Date: Nov 27, 2006 6:03 PM
Subject White Buffalo calf killed by lightning
Body: According to Dave Heider, there was a big thunderstorm up in Janesville, Wisconsin

late this afternoon (November 26, 2006) and MiracleĆ¢€™s Second Chance was struck by lightning and killed. You may remember, he was also born in a thunderstorm. I don't

really have any more details yet. He will be buried next to Miracle and her father,

Marvin. They took a little of his hair, and Dave said his undercoat was coming in

coal black. They'll be making a full announcement to the press tomorrow.



Sad news, very sad news indeed.



-steph


Stephanie M. Schwartz,
Freelance Writer http://www.SilvrDrach.homestead.com
Member, Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
Volunteer Webmaster, Miracle's Website http://www.whitebuffalomiracle.homestead.com

Cherokee Wisdom

                                                                                                                        .
Two Wolves


One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said:
"My son, the battle is between two

"wolves" inside us all.


One is Evil
.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow,
regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,

inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good
.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,

kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion and faith."


The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather:

"Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied:
"The one you feed."


Peace pipe            .

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The latest Red Lake news Link

 
Tristan Anthony White And Avery Lee Stately
Tristan Anthony White, left; and Avery Lee Stately
Anyone with information can call the FBI at (612) 376-3200 or the Red Lake Tribal Police Department at (218) 679-3313.
 
Tristan was described as 3-feet-6 and wearing a dark blue Spider-man
Jacket with yellow trim, Levis jeans and black and gray winter boots.
Avery was described as 2-feet tall and wearing a gray pullover sweat
Shirt that says "Timberland" on the front, faded Levis jeans and
Spider-Man tennis shoes.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Search for Minn. Brothers Enters 3rd Day


RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of searchers used horses, four-wheelers and bloodhounds Friday to hunt for two young brothers who disappeared from a yard on an American Indian reservation  days earlier.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Coming Soon in NativeVue…

http://www.nativevue.org/phpBB/index.php?sid=3197412022e2cf1e8d0b5efe80021b92

 

Coming Soon in NativeVue

¨       Angelique Midthunder’s Silent Thunder

¨       Misty Upham’s Interview with Expiration Date’s  Rick Stevenson

¨       Just in Time for the Holidays…Christmas in the Clouds

¨       Mark Sandiford’s Qallunaat! (Why White People are Funny)

¨       The true-life drama, UnNatural and Accidental

¨       Ernest Whiteman’s Manifesto on Native cinema

¨       Upcoming film, Turquoise Rose

¨       Going Miles with Dakota House

¨       Roger Cultee’s “Red Rock” Music

¨       Singer Eli Secody

¨       Documentary Teachings of the Tree People

¨       Tragedy in Ontario: One Dead Indian

 

NativeVue Film & Media Connection

    ’Real time' native cinema and performing arts news

A Different Christmas Poem

A Different Christmas Poem


  The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

  I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

  My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,

  My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,

  Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

  The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,

Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

  My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,

  Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,

  So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

  The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,

  But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

  Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the

  sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

  My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,

  And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

  Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,

  A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

  A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,

  Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

  Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,

  Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

  "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,

  "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

  Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,

  You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

  For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,

  Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light

  Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

  I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night." "It's my duty to

stand at the front of the line,

  That separates you from the darkest of times.

  No one had to ask or beg or implore me,

  I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

  My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"

  Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

  My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',

  And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,

  But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

  Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,

  The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

  I can live through the cold and the being alone,

  Away from my family, my house and my home.

  I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,

  I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

  I can carry the weight of killing another,

  Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..

Who stand at the front against any and all,

To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,

Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,

"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

  It seems all too little for all that you've done,

  For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,

  "Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

  To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,

To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

  For when we come home, either standing or dead,

  To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,

That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

 

PLEASE, Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can?  Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

American Indian: Medal of Honor Winners

Never pass an opportunity to tell family and friends that you love them.

 

Monday, November 20, 2006

National Day of Mourning.

American Indians harbors many traditions, opinions on Thanksgiving Louis Jones
Section: HOLIDAY TAB
Originally published: 11/19/06 at 8:36 PM EST
Last update: 11/19/06 at 9:36 PM EST

 

Each year, members of the Wampanoag Indian tribe and their supporters gather at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Mass. for the National Day of Mourning. The holiday occurs on the third Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving, and it was started in 1970 by the United American Indians of New England in honor of American Indian people and their struggles, according to the UAINE mission statement.

The American Indian attendees of the National Day of Mourning spend Thanksgiving day protesting the oppression and genocide their culture experienced at the hands of European settlers. But not all American Indians feel the need to protest Thanksgiving, and perspectives on the holiday vary greatly among American Indian tribes, nations and indviduals, Kenan Metzger, Ball State University professor of English, said. Metzger is of Hochungra, Cherokee and German descent.

"It's important to get the voices of many Indians on the issue," Metzger said. "There's no monolothic American Indian culture or perspective."

Colleen Boyd, coordinator of the Native American studies minor at Ball State, celebrates Thanksgiving with her husband, John, who is an American Indian from the Pacific Northwest, and their children, she said.

"We still do Thanksgiving dinner, but the food we cook is politically selected," Boyd said.

For Thanksgiving dinner, Boyd's family tries to eat only foods that were cultivated in the Americas, she said. Foods indigenous to the Americas include potatoes, corn, beans, squash and tomatoes, and these foods were not available in any other part of the world before the Americas were settled by Europeans.

"We used it as an opportunity to educate our children," Boyd said. "Because we had to figure all this out, it means more because we all have an investment in it."

Elizabeth Nesbitt, instructor of English at Ball State, said Thanksgiving fits well into many American Indian traditions.

"It just depends on the family and the people," Nesbitt said. "Some tribal people are still very isolated, but any opportunity for Native Americans to get together and celebrate and be with family, they usually take it."
 
Giving thanks is a big part of Native American culture," Nesbitt said. "If you hunt or take something, you leave something else behind."

In his book, "Mayflower," published this year, Nathaniel Philbrick explores a little known fact: The Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians who met at Plymouth Rock in 1621 went to war with each other in 1675.

Many American Indian students Metzger has taught were ignorant to the historical context of Thanksgiving, he said.

"I think the ignorance is probably across the board, and the history has been supressed across the board," he said.

Metzer said Thanksgiving is a good opportunity for American Indians to reflect on the past and be thankful for what they do have despite the oppression they have experienced.

"Not all American Indians think the same way," Metzger said, "but I think in general they have a different mindset, and I think there's a feeling of thankfulness that they survived and a feeling of hope that there can be healing between Indians and European Americans."
 
11/22/04   Thanksgiving at MYTHBUSTERS!  posted by a2002v2002
 
 
The First Thanksgiving

             The First Thanksgiving

             From the Community Endeavor News, November, 1995,
             as reprinted in Healing Global Wounds, Fall, 1996


             The first official Thanksgiving wasn't a festive gathering of Indians
             and Pilgrims, but rather a celebration of the massacre of 700 Pequot
             men, women and children, an anthropologist says. Due to age and illness
             his voice cracks as he talks about the holiday, but William B. Newell,
             84, talks with force as he discusses Thanksgiving. Newell, a Penobscot,
             has degrees from two universities, and was the former chairman of the
             anthropology department at the University of Connecticut.

             "Thanksgiving Day was first officially proclaimed by the Governor of the
             Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637 to commemorate the massacre of  700  men,
             women and children who were celebrating their annual green corn
             dance-Thanksgiving Day to them-in their own house," Newell said.

             "Gathered in this place of meeting they were attacked by mercenaries and
             Dutch and English. The Indians were ordered from the building and as
             they came forth they were shot down. The rest were burned alive in the
             building," he said.

             Newell based his research on studies of Holland Documents and the 13
             volume Colonial Documentary History, both thick sets of letters and
             reports from colonial officials to their superiors and the king in
             England, and the private papers of Sir William Johnson, British Indian
             agent for the New York colony for 30 years in the mid-1600s.

             "My research is authentic because it is documentary," Newell said. "You
             can't get anything more accurate than that because it is first hand. It
             is not hearsay."

             Newell said the next 100 Thanksgivings commemorated the killing of the
             Indians at what is now Groton, Ct. [home of a nuclear submarine base]
             rather than a celebration with them. He said the image of Indians and
             Pilgrims sitting around a large table to celebrate Thanksgiving Day was
             "fictitious" although Indians did share food with the first settlers.

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    wow, that is just sick , now i won't celebrate it anymore!
    Comment from garnett109 - 11/16/05 8:20 AM

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Dene Singer Leela Gilday Releases New CD, “Sedze”

Dene Singer Leela Gilday Releases New CD, “Sedze” November 17th, 2006

 Leela Gilday“Sedze” means “my heart” in the North Slavey language of the Northwest Territories of Canada. It’s a befitting title for the second CD by Dene singer/songwriter, Leela Gilday, who poured her heart into her latest release which will be launched in Toronto on November 22. Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she will perform new songs from Sedze with her band at Toronto’s NOW Lounge. 

Leela’s latest release follows her debut album Spirit World, Solid Wood.  With 11 songs, the unique collection in Sedze  showcases her eclectic blend of folk and pop songwriting highlighted with traditional elements. She wrote all but one track on the CD, and performs with some of Canadas' best musicians including Kevin Fox, Debashis Sinha, Brian Kobayakawa, Steve Gotlib, Rhonda Stakich, and Okalani LeBlanc.  

The absence of electric instruments emphasizes Leela’s mesmerizing vocals whereas the richness of the cello, bass, and breathtaking harmonies affirm Leela is among Canada’s major vocalists.

For more information, please visit Leela Gilday's MySpace Page at:  http://www.myspace.com/leelagilday

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For a track off of Sedze, NativeVue Music Presents: ONE DRUM by Leela Gilday   

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Keith Secola Benefit Concert /In Az?


Secola, a group of performers, raise food shelf donations, money for heating costs

Angie Riebe
Mesabi Daily News
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006



Keith Secola, who feels blessed for his gift of music and his heritage and upbringing on the Iron Range, is once again providing an offering to the community in which he was raised.

The award-winning Native American recording artist will merge his talent and bond to the area in two concerts this weekend to raise money to help low-income families stay warm and well-fed this winter.

The third annual Keith Secola & Friends Benefit Concert and Silent Auction will take place Friday at the Lincoln School Auditorium in Hibbing and Saturday at Goodman Auditorium at the Virginia High School. Doors will open each night at 6 p.m. for the silent auction; concerts will begin at 7 p.m.

"It's a way of showing gratitude, of repaying and honoring my roots," Secola, of Arizona, said by phone Wednesday.

Tickets cost $5 per person or $12 for families, plus a non-perishable food shelf item, all of which will be donated to the food shelves in Gilbert and Hibbing. All concert, silent auction and cash donations will go toward the local Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency's "Reach Out for Warmth" program to assist low-income families with heating bills.

For every dollar donated, the state will match $2 for the local program. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will also contribute $1 for each $4 raised, up to $1,000.

Last year, more than $2,500 was raised for "Reach Out for Warmth," and more than a ton of food items were collected.

With the addition of a second concert in Hibbing this year, organizers aim to double donations. "We're hoping for a lot of cash donations," in addition to food, said Sandy Wallin of Range Mental Health Center, which helped spearhead the Arrowhead Committee to Feed the Hungry and the Secola concert in 2004.

On Saturday, Bob Villebrun of Fortune Bay Resort Casino will also present a check to the food shelves from the casino's Thanks for Giving Food Drive, which began Nov.1. For every $5 donation, tickets were given for a Nov. 19 drawing, with a top prize of $1,000. Fortune Bay is also matching the donations, said Nancy Lannroos, chairwoman of the Arrowhead Committee to Feed the Hungry.

"For each dollar donated, food shelves will be able to purchase $10 of food," she said.

Native American Fancy Dancers in full regalia and a drum group will also perform.

Secola often incorporates audience participation in his concerts, such as calling children up on stage during certain songs, Wallin said. "It's a good family event. It's a good event to bring children to."

"I break down the wall between the audience and the performers," said Secola, who grew up in Parkville and is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

"I love the land and I love the people" of the Iron Range, he said. He's happy to contribute to the "grassroots effort" to assist people "who fall between the cracks."

"I try to do a few benefit concerts every year," said the six-time Native American Music Awards winner. His concerts have assisted native youth and elders, suicide prevention, and AIDS and HIV awareness.

Growing up he had strong ties to both the native and non-native communities, he said. "Music transcends" boundaries, and "compassion for people is important."

Secola, who moved to Arizona in 1982, is a master guitarist, native flute player, singer, songwriter, composer and producer. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe, where he's been playing his brand of progressive music in concerts to a cult following for many years, according to his Web site at www.secola.com.

He describes his music as "Native Americana" — also the name of a recent CD.

It's a blend of blues, folk, country, mellow and heavy rock, reggae, indigenous and world beat. Some songs combine electric guitar with the Native American flute, tribal drums, and native chants; and many songs speak to day-to-day lives of Native Americans. Secola said his music has metaphysical qualities and makes people think.

His well-known song "NDN Kars" is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on native radio in the United States and Canada. He has also shared the stage with artists including David Bowie, Randy Travis, the Indigo Girls, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and the Neville Brothers.

Some of Secola's recent awards include best folk/acoustic CD at Canada's Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and 2006 artist of the year at the Native American Music awards.

"That's the highest award that can be given to a Native American recording artist," he said of the latter. "All the more reason to give back to his roots, to "combine successful music with helping people," Secola said.

He has also been working with the Bois Forte band on CD projects, including a recent language CD that presents the spoken Ojibwe language with flute and guitar music.

Secola said he will perform new songs at the concerts Friday and Saturday. "The concerts won't be the same."

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in Virginia at the Range Mental Health Center's Bell Building, Natural Harvest Food Co-op, Schmitt Music, and the Sportspage Bar; in Hibbing at the Hibbing Family Investment Center, and Rupar Music; in Ely at Music Outfitters.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Exploring ‘Indian Country:' PBS documentary increases understanding of Cherokee...

Indian Country Diaries -
Indian Country Diaries premieres November 2006 on PBS
INDIAN COUNTRY DIARIES is a two-part series airing on PBS this November that explores issues that are being played out in Native American communities in both urban and reservation settings.
  • Stories about today’s concerns of Native Americans including identity, assimilation, sovereignty, revitalizing Native cultures, preserving families, economic development and health.
  • An exploration of how historic trauma of tribal relocations, genocide, boarding schools and assimilation may be impacting Native health problems.
  • Oral history interviews with Cherokee elders and urban Indian relocation pioneers.
  • Full lesson plans tied to standards for educators.
  • And resources for viewers and discussion leaders.
Come back in November 2006 for compelling content. To learn more about the program, read the press release [59k PDF file].

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Indian Country Diaries
A new two-part series told with wonder, humor, and insight. A provocative must-see "State of the Nations" report from modern Native America. Co-Produced of Native American Public Telecommunications and Adanvdo Vision. Visit the Indian Country Diaries website http://indiancountrydiaries.org.
 
 
Exploring ‘Indian Country:' PBS documentary increases understanding of Cherokee
published November 8, 2006 12:15 am

CHEROKEE — Casino money brought pride and prosperity to members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but it hasn’t erased racism, greed or the threat of diabetes,which threatens 40 percent of the population.

A documentary airing at 9 tonight on UNC-TV and other PBS stations nationwide explores the tension faced by the modern Cherokee to balance identity and culture with financial empowerment.

The documentary, “Indian Country Diaries,” is a two-part series.

The first part looks at journalist Mark Anthony Rolo, a Bad River Ojibwe, as he uncovers how Indians in Los Angeles preserve their cultural identity, survive economically and cope with the pressure of a federal relocation program and assimilation in a multicultural metropolis.

Part two takes author LeAnne Howe to Cherokee. Howe is the illegitimate daughter of a Choctaw woman, was fathered by a Cherokee man and raised by an adopted Cherokee family in Oklahoma.

Howe looks at how diabetes has ravished the tribe. She also questions the glitz of Cherokee, including the practice of “chiefing.” For decades, some Cherokee have dressed in headdresses and other clothing used by Plains Indians to attract tourists. Some critics have accused the “chiefs” of demeaning Cherokee culture.

“When they first came, they thought it was funny,” said Lynne Harlan, public relations coordinator for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who helped coordinate the filming and puts in a couple of appearances on the documentary. “We watched as their opinions turned around as they came to realize that it is about economics.”

Film co-executive producer Carol Cornsilk of Lincoln, Neb., agreed that her crew’s attitude changed as they learned how the tribe was forced to cater to tourists before Harrah’s Cherokee Casino opened in 1997.

Cornsilk, a western Cherokee from Oklahoma who has vacationed and worked in this region before, said filming the documentary, which started in 2002, helped increase her understanding of the Eastern Band.

“It really did deepen my knowledge of how their community is different from other Indian communities,” she said. “It’s because of their still being on their original area. The geography of the land gives them a sense of community.”

http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200661107090

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Indian Country Diaries premieres November 2006 on PBS
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Sunday, November 19, 3:30pm
Conclusion. A look at issues facing Native Americans.
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