Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Gifted musician, composer and actor Patrick Shendo Mirabal is from Jemez and Taos Pueblo New Mexico. Drawing on stories drawn from his own life and that of his Jemez family and ancestors, Patrick writes and performs his own music, all of it composed on flutes he crafted himself. Equally fluent on the Australian aboriginal instrument, the didgeridoo, Patrick composed and also performed the score for Southwest Repertory Theater’s acclaimed 2003 presentation of The Indolent Boys, written by Pulitzer-Prize-winning Native American writer N. Scott Momaday. Click to read the rest of Patrick's bio.

 m.shiningelk  Location: Los Angeles Michelle Shining Elk  represents a number of Native performers and among them is musician Patrick Shendo Mirabel, a flutist.


                               PATRICK SHENDO MIRABEL VIDEO

Sunday, January 28, 2007

JOHN TRUDELL & BAD DOG The W.T.F.N. Tour 2007 to Raise Awareness on Women's Health

About Time Associates, the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center and the Larkspur Cafe Theater Present

JOHN TRUDELL & BAD DOG The W.T.F.N. Tour 2007 to Raise Awareness on Women's Health with special guest, Johnny Indovina

March 24th & 25th at the Larkspur Cafe Theater, Larkspur, CA. For pricing and showtimes, contact the Larkspur Cafe Theater at (415) 924-6107 or,

Other Northern California Shows include March 21st & 22nd at Area 101 in Laytonville, Ca. and March 23rd at Crown Hall in Mendocino, Ca.

For additional information, contact About Time Associates (707) 984-7286,

First Nations Composer Initiative: This is Their Music

This may come as a shock. Okay, maybe not… But lots of people think only of flutes and drums when they hear the words "Native American Music."    

But shock or no shock, one thing is abundantly clear. "Native American Music" is about hip-hop, reggae, classical, electronic, pop, country, and experimental. Even, dare I say, flutes and drums.  

FNCI conductorWhich is why the  First Nations Composer Initiative  (FNCI—pronounced "fancy") exists...

The First Nations Composer Initiative: They're Native and this is Their Music

For the romantic in all of us, read on.... "Berlin" by John Blackbird

At NativeVue:

John Blackbird is a Cree filmmaker/writer/poet currently living in Germany.  His unique perspective far from his ancestral roots makes what he writes all the more fascinating.  As we near the month of love and romance, I'm pleased to be sharing John's poem, Berlin. Carole 

Love from across the great pond...:)



I still miss your breasts against my chest
I still miss your kiss on my neck
I still miss you moving under my touch
I still miss you that much

To a friend: He wrote something.

(he reads slowly the following passage from his journal.)
He leaned on the window sill completely aware of her absence, he turned around to say, "that was so long ago." ...

For the romantic in all of us, read on.... "Berlin" by John Blackbird

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Water Haulers

Don't know how long it's going to be online--but you can watch this entire PBS documentary online!

The Water Haulers takes a glaring look at how 70,000 residents of the Navajo Nation have lived for generations without easy access to clean, running water. The documentary profiles of Navajos struggling to prosper in their dry ancestral lands, expert explanation of these pressing water rights issues, and interviews with policymakers throughout the Southwest.

See it while it's still being shown on New Mexico's PBS MySpace~~!!! THE WATER HAULERS

MySpace URL:


Respect the Elders...Work with the pack.
Hunt when you must... Share your affections.
Leave your mark...Teach the young.
Play when you can...Rest in between.
Voice your feelings.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Fwd: [nativeartsculture] Jemez Storyteller Pottery

Jemez Storyteller Pottery by Carol Lucero-Gachupin


Jemez Storyteller Pottery by Carol Lucero-Gachupin
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

NativeVue] John Blackbird's "NDN Soliloquy NativeVue Weekly

Good writing; great writing–involves the lyricism of language; the ability to express beliefs and emotions while appreciating melodic cadence. In addition to the wonderful poetry we include on our forum, we are pleased to include on our blogs additional contributions by Native America's gifted poets and essayists. I invite you to enjoy our first blog entry by Cree writer, filmmaker and poet John Blackbird… Mr. Green

NativeVue Weekly 

Jokes, Poetry, and Other Life Lessons

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Best wishes for you and family in 2007!

Best wishes for you and family in 2007!


ON COMMON GROUND - Wolf by Daniel Smith

Fwd: NativeArtsCulture1 Sometimes its hard, but if you really try, you can...

fwd: fwd: Read This & Choose

Original Message:


Sometimes its hard, but if you really try, you can...



John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it!

You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can choose to be in a bad mood

I choose to be in a good mood."

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked

He continued, "..the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity'."

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude... I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything


Subj: [nativeartsculture] Re: Fwd:Sometimes its hard, but if you really try, you can... 
Date: 1/5/2007 7:25:38 AM Central Standard Time

What a beautiful sentiment!  Makes my day.... !!!:D

--- In, a2002v2002@... wrote:
> fwd: fwd: Read This & Choose

Fwd: NativeArtsCulture1/ More Movies, TV Films

Films, Theatre, Movies by and about Aboriginal Native American ...
First Nation, Aboriginal, Native American, Indigenous, Film, TV and Theatre Arts ... Movies are good for mental health say cinema therapists. ...

Native American Public Telecommunications
Watch for these new projects in 2007 and 2008. Native American Marching Band Project (Working Title). Navajo Nation Band. Producer: Cathleen O'Connell ...



More about Films

An upcoming film based off a novel by Richard Van Camp will soon be made into a feature film. The Lesser Blessed, published in 1996, is a coming-of-age story about a young First Nations teenager grappling with the complexities of modern life. It takes place in the Northwest Territories of Canada, which Van Camp hopes will get the nod as a filming location.

Read the entire story in Suzette's blog:)) THE LESSER BLESSED TO BEGIN FILMING


Aho Carole:  For the information on this new "feature film",,,I'm sure we will all be looking forward to it...I wanted to just pop in and say "Aho" (thank you in Kiowa) for the information on  how I could purchase "Christmas in the Clouds" (I asked you before Christmas)...The DVD came just after Christmas, but that was o.k. we viewed it the other night and We both really enjoyed it!!...Its hard to say which character was the funniest, they all were good....Some of the "actors"  really "stood out" in this comedy...We added it to our NDN collection....of films...(meaning no disrespect ) after all  isn't this what this "group" is all about, hopeing that the First Nations people will be "recognized" in film by the rest of the world!!...........thanks again, for all the hard work you do, we have decided to start giving DVD's (NDN films) as gifts the way, I printed out the list you posted some time back by the artist of "Blue Corn Comics" on Native American Based Films....I am trying to "locate"............"Dude Vision" from the year 2005.....If you know where I can obtain this film at, please post and let me know..........again...........Thank You for your "great group".....aho.............Judy & Wilson SpottedBird

Hi Judy,

One of the things I love most about the 'net is how it is making it so much easier to access some of our favorite films and music! Just so happens you can see Dude Vision in its entirety on the Gusadelic website.  For those of you unfamiliar, this 24 minute film is a laugh-out-loud funny look at the male psyche!!  :))

Here it is:  (Look in the left-hand column) .....Carole

Friday, January 5, 2007

Fwd: Door Ways

Water C.
- DOORWAYS - December 07, 2006 6:13 AM
im thinking about ...... doorways

its crazy , how many doorways we walk through in a day
in a lifetime

we walk through large elaborate doorways
often to places of worship or places of commerce
we walk through small inconspicuous doorways
perhaps to a childs playhouse or an animal shelter
hopspital rooms , prison cells , offices , studios , bathrooms
all have unique doorways

sometimes doorways are in our heads
doorways to artistic inspiration
doorways to dreams
doorways to life & death

when we walk through doorways
we leave an established existence
to enter into the unforseen
for no matter how we may imagine the otherside
we can never be completely certain of where a doorway leads
until we open it and walk through

there is one certain doorway that i walk through
several times each month in detroit

to get to it i must park my jeep in a structure and walk
down the street , often past homeless people who are constantly
begging for money

last week it happened that i was doing my usual routine
when just as i was about to enter a doorway
to a building that housed a coney island restaurant
as well as the office where i had an appointment

i was approached by a beggar
a nice looking african american man about my age , maybe younger
asked me if i could spare enough money for him to go into the restaurant
to buy a hot dog & fries
i told him i did not , and proceded past
as i got to the doorway
i decided to go back and give him some money
so i quickly pulled out all the loose change in my pocket
and pushed it into his hand and turned to go
he stopped me , saying ,"mister , all i asked you for , was enough for a hot dog"
overcome by the remark , all i could say was "sorry man , you want me to take some back"?
he said "no , but do you have time to have a hot dog with me"?
i couldnt believe what was happening , i thought , this is some kind of setup or something
i dont want to get into any trouble today , etc.
although i did have time , i said "no , i must keep moving , someone is waiting for me inside"
i turned again , and as i got to the doorway , he said "hey mister , would you have lunch with me some other time"?
i turned and said "well , if i ever get the opportunity , i will"
he said "ok , thanx"
as i got to the doorway again i decided that it might be interesting to see what this guy is really like
so i turned saying "wait a minute......"

he was gone , vanished in an instant , disappeared into thin air !

i had a chance to walk through a doorway
and i blew it

im thinking about ...... doorways

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Monday, January 1, 2007

Friendship Contract for 2007

After serious & cautious consideration.....your
contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2007 !

It was a very hard decision to make. So try not to screw it up!!!

My Wish for You in 2007

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for  $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happinessslap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............

May 2007 be the best year of your life!!!

See January's Full Moon and Other Gems

See January's Full Moon and Other Gems
Full MoonThe new year opens with Venus, known as the Evening Star, shining brightly in the January sky. On January 3 the Full Wolf Moon rises, which might lead to some odd behavior. By the end of the month, Mecury will make an appearance.

- Get January's Night Sky Tour Podcast
- Interactive Sky Chart
- More Stargazing Info

2007 PREDICTIONS, PLEASE... asks Carole

occasion9 occasion9occasion9occasion9 A New Year is upon us!!!

And while I am not one to don party hats and use the occasion to get blottoed, I do appreciate the passing of the old and ringing in the new, yada yada yada...

So, what better excuse to come up with a few predictions ourselves?

Okay, let's see. First. I predict 2007 will be a boffo year for Native WOMEN in film and music. What a talented bunch is out there, just waiting for their moment in the sun. Evidence?

~Tonantzin Carmelo. She's gorgeous. She can act. I think Hollywood will notice, and soon!

~Arigon Starr.
Premiered her play "Red Road" to rave reviews (quite an alliteration) in 06. But this is just the beginning for this multi-talented performer, playwright, singer, artist.

~Shirley Cheechoo. Because she is a tremendously talented screenwriter and director, that's why. Whatcha got coming up, Shirley? I can't wait!

~Q'Orianka Kilcher. She's gorgeous. She can act. And she's still a kid who has her head screwed on straight. What a great antidote to the Lindsay Lohan's of the acting world.

~Misty Upham. Okay, I'm biased. But Misty, OUR Misty, is a formidable young lady who is preparing and training herself to become a screenwriter in addition to her acting roles. Just wait and see. She's gonna do it.

And there are many others...but I'm going to hold off. Want to see what you think about the coming year. YOUR predictions--the good, the bad--even the ugly...


"Imprint" Redefines Native Women in Film 

headbang Imprint blows away what we think of when we see "Native" movies. Suspense; drama--and, I maintain, a uniquely feminist sensibility. Tontantzin took the challenge, and did a tremendous acting job.
Thank you so much for wrangling a copy o' the film, my friend! I've written the review, and you can read more.... kermit "IMPRINT" REDEFINES NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM


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