Monday, November 27, 2006

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

From: 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.


Stephanie M. Schwartz,
Freelance Writer
Member, Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
Volunteer Webmaster, Miracle's Website

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,
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…


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
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.

Written by a2002v2002 .
This entry has 1 comments: (Add your own)
    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:


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

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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Native American girl featured in Indian Country Diaries premiering November 2006 on PBS
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Indian Country Diaries -
Coming to Public Television for Native American Heritage Month.
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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
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.”

For Missouri it is not tonight but on Sundays

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Sunday, November 5, 2006

Hunter's Moon

The Full Hunter's Moon Rises on Nov. 5 the Harvest Moon fell in October this year, November's moon can be called the Hunter's Moon or Frost Moon. Learn how it got these names.

- Observing the Full Moon
- More Stargazing Info

Saturday, November 4, 2006

PBS TV on right this minute Seasoned With Spirit

Seasoned With Spirit -
Coming to Public Television for Native American Heritage Month.
Seasoned With Spirit
Five new shows in culinary celebration of America's bounty combine Native American history and culture with delicious, healthy recipes inspired by indigenous foods. Co-Produced by Connecticut Public Television and Native American Public Telecommunications, in association with Resolution Pictures.Debut: The culinary traditions of Native Americans across the U.S. are examined. First up: a visit to the Gulf Coast to see the Native American influence on Cajun dishes. Included: sassafras shrimp gumbo and spicy alligator-sauce piquant are prepared."Gulf Coast Originals" -- More than 6,000 years before the Acadian French (today's Cajuns) arrived in Louisiana, there were native peoples living and fishing in Louisiana's bayou country. A historical tour of this Gulf Coast region provides a lesson about native influences on Cajun cooking. Loretta cooks sassafras shrimp gumbo and spicy alligator sauce piquant.

This five-part series offers viewers a culinary celebration of America's bounty, combining Native-American history and culture with delicious, healthy recipes inspired by indigenous foods. Much more than simply a cooking series, it's a cultural adventure across the American landscape, where viewers meet Native-American peoples, see their breathtaking environs, learn their history and traditions, and, best of all, sample their cuisine. Loretta Barrett Oden, a renowned Native-American chef, food historian and lecturer, and proud woman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, hosts the series. With her infectious humor and unstoppable enthusiasm, Loretta travels around the country to immerse herself in the lives and traditions of numerous Native-American tribes. Producers: Connecticut Public Television and Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) in association with Resolution Pictures

"Cuisine of the Desert Southwest" -- Most people think of Mexican food when they think of the cuisine of the southwest, but native foods in their traditional form are an exciting way of expressing this beautiful and rugged region of the country. Loretta joins the Tohono O'odham tribe of Arizona for the annual three-day harvest of saguaro cactus fruit. She also joins Mildred Manuel to prepare wild spinach with cholla buds and chiltepine peppers, tapary beans with ribs, ash bread (slow-cooked in the ashes of a mesquite fire) and a sweet, refreshing drink, mesquite juice.Saturday, November 11, 2:30pm for Missouri PBS TV

"Return of the Buffalo" -- There is a movement among native tribes to bring the buffalo back to the Great Plains to "promote cultural enhancement, spiritual revitalization, ecological restoration and economic development." Loretta travels to the buffalo range of Fred Dubray on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to learn more. Wasna (sun-dried bison with chokecherries), wojape (chokecherry soup) and grilled bison tenderloin with a sage-chokecherry jus are on the menu for this exciting show.

"Bounty of the River's Edge" -- The people of the Yurok tribe live off the bounty of the Pacific Coast on the banks of California's Klamath River, harvesting salmon, shellfish, seaweed and edible wild greens as well as acorns that are ground and cooked in tightly woven handmade baskets. Loretta joins her Yurok friends for a feast of alderwood-smoked salmon, dried sirfish and eels, served with an exceptional sturgeon egg bread.

"Food Upon the Water" -- Wild rice -- manoomin -- is still harvested the traditional way by the Anishanabe, or Ojibwe, people of the Great Lakes region. Ricers and their families take canoes into the fields and hand-harvest the rice. After participating in the harvest, Loretta helps to prepare Winona LaDuke's favorite wild rice and maple syrup cake, which accompanies a lakeside first rice feast of buffalo, wild rice and cranberry-stuffed acorn squash, buffalo stew and ruby-red swamp tea.

Friday, November 3, 2006

Update: Surrounded By Beauty

Surrounded by Beauty
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Beauty before me, I walk with.
Beauty behind me, I walk with.
Beauty above me, I walk with.
Beauty below me, I walk with.
Beauty all around me, I walk with.

             Navajo Night Chant

The Art of Daily Life
There is no equivalent in the many Native American languages for the word art. Yet the objects here suggest that Native Americans are a highly spiritual people who create objects of extraordinary beauty. In Native American thought there is also no distinction between what is beautiful or functional, and what is sacred or secular. Design goes far beyond concerns of function, and beauty is much more than simple appearances. For many native peoples, beauty arises from living in harmony with the order of the universe.The concerns and aspirations of a vital contemporary American Indian population changes as the world changes. Today some Native American artists continue traditions of their ancestors, while others transform those traditions in new and innovative ways.

More Native American History and Culture


Surrounded by Beauty Beauty all around me, I walk with. Navajo Night Chant. The Art of Daily Life There is no equivalent in the many Native American languages for the word art.


Wednesday, November 1, 2006

In the Mix: "Native American Teens: Who We Are"

In the Mix: "Native American Teens: Who We Are"
[Editors Note: Native Village was honored to assist in this project]
What's it like to be a young Native American today? Teens from throughout the United States share their stories in this "IN THE MIX" special co-hosted by rap star and film actor, Litefoot. Shot around the country, the program features a champion lacrosse player from western New York, a Grammy-nominated flute player from rural Idaho, and short films made by teens in Alaska and Washington State. A group of young leaders from cities and reservations also weigh in on the issues that affect them everyday—common misconceptions and stereotypes about Native Americans; how they balance traditional culture with contemporary concerns; and their hopes for the future.  This IN THE MIX  segment, "Native American Teens: Who We Are"  will air on many PBS stations the week of November 18.

Pam Benson, PBS Producer

I thought I posted this at 'Spirit In The Wind' before; but which is not taking entries or edits at this time? Hey MSN, what's up? Did  post at NativeArtsCultures1

Alot coming to TV PBS this Month keep a close eye on their programs in your area. PBS TV Sites & NDN Specials and NG Mag Videos  

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Glad my operation is not until December 4th, would not want to miss all the Great Programs! ....Ann;)