Spirit In Action

Change IS coming. WE can make it GOOD.

Pow Wows. Com Newsletter February 12, 2014

Leave a comment

Below are excerpts of articles that have been published on Powwows.com over the last couple of weeks that you may have missed!

Be sure to check our site often for new articles!

A Visit With Miss Native American USA – Sarah Ortegon

Thank you very much Dr. Dawn Karima, this has truly been an adventure and would love to share some of my thoughts with you. I was born in Denver, CO. Growing up my family would travel from Denver to the Wind River Reservation and drop us off at my Uncle and Aunties house during the summers in Fort Washakie, WY. My life started out in a large family, which eventually ended up with my parents having twelve children, six boys and six girls. My parents have been my backbone; my Mom Sharon Joy has been my inspiration through out my life. I am a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University. I received my Bachelor in Fine arts with a concentration in drawing in June of 2013. I was also able to study art history overseas in Italy in 2012 for a semester. Recently, I was blessed with becoming a part of Larry Yazzie’s Native Pride Dancers. I also continue to work while I hold my title. My passions include working out, jingle dress dancing, creating art and giving back to the community in any way that presents itself.

Read more

What Are You Proud To Be?

As Native Americans, we call ourselves many things. What are you proud to be?

Watch the video from the National Congress of American Indians!

Read more…

New Kicks for Pow Wow Season

OBOnesSpider.jpg&h=400&w=570&q=100Before you hit the pow wow trail this year, you might be thinking of getting some new shoes. Should you go for comfort or style?

How about a little bit of both?

Check out the custom artwork on these shoes done by talented artist Orlando Begay.

Read more…

Interview with George Abeyta – Fancy Dancer and Educator

We are visiting with George J. Abeyta, a dynamic presence in Native Dance. Known for his energetic athleticism as a fancy dancer, Mr. Abeyta is also the Coordinator of Eastern Shoshone Days, one the USA’s most popular powwows. Thanks so much for joining us! Please tell us a little about yourself?

A) I have been a fancy feather dancer most of my life. I enjoy educating non-Natives about our culture and inspiring others through the dance that the Creator has blessed me with. The profession that I chose allows me to do this without too much conflict (summer vacations). I have been a teacher and a coach here at Fort Washakie School for 21 years (awarded BA in Elementary Ed, University of Wyoming ’91 and MA in Teaching, Grand Canyon University ’04).

Read more…

People’s Choice Award Winners

What was the Best Pow Wow of 2013?

Best MC?

Best dancer?

Best Northern Drum?

Your votes are in!

Find out the winners!

Read more…

The Great Spirit Made a Pow Wow Dancer

During the 2013 Super Bowl I saw a commercial made by Ram Trucks using a speech by Paul Harvey and still images of farmers. Seeing it gave me the desire to do something similar honoring Native Americans, specifically powwow dancers. I don’t dance but many of my family and relatives do. I just photograph them.

So I sent out a request via my Like page, Sings In The Timber Photography, asking if anyone had the ability to adapt Mr. Harvey’s original speech to fit the life of a powwow dancer. Writer Anne Thundercloud responded, I wrote the first phrase and Ms. Thundercloud wrote the rest. I then asked my friend Joseph Grady to record the voice-over, Mr. Grady is a local Montana actor who had a role in the film Winter In The Blood. Finally, I needed music so I turned to my friend Nate Ante and his Wisconsin drum group Tha Bucks. I’ve known many of Tha Bucks singers for years and the are like family to me.

Read more…

Miss Indian Nations XXI – Alexandria Alvarez

Q) Congratulations! You are truly a lovely Miss Indian Nations! Please tell us about yourself? What do you want us to know about you?

A) My name is Alexandria Brooke Alvarez, I am Miss Indian Nations XXI, I am 26 years-old, and I graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with an Associate in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies. I completed two internships in the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) with Social Security in the Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity, and then at the Environmental Protection Agency in the American Indian Environmental Office.

I currently work at the Sho-Ban News, our tribal newspaper, and was attending Idaho State University for the last two years, but this past fall I decided to take a year off so that I may put my whole heart into being Miss Indian Nations.

Read more…

Photos from Native American Cultural Day at Wickiup

This past summer Bob Uhl, who runs the Midwest PowWows blog, attended the Native American Cultural Day at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Iowa. He captured some great photos from the event. Let’s take a look at how his day went.

Linn County Conservation Commission & the Wickiup Learning Center held its 3rd annual Native American Cultural Day on Saturday August 24th at the Wickiup Learning Center, North of Cedar Rapids near Toddville, Iowa. Running an event & coordinating so things run smooth can sometimes be an arduous task, but director Gail Barels & a long list of volunteers & supporters did an excellent job at hosting the event.

Read more…

Man Who Gave Seahawks Drum, Honored With New Drum

When running back Marshawn Lynch asked Seahawks fan John Scott in the crowd for his Native American hand drum at the team’s Super Bowl victory parade last Wednesday, Scott hesitated at first, but then he gave it up.

“I was kind of concerned; he doesn’t know how sacred it is to the Native community, but then when I realized, hey, this is Marshawn Lynch, he just won us a Super Bowl. So I thought it was an even exchange — the drum for the Super Bowl,” Scott said.

Lynch beat on the drum during much of the parade.

Read more…

Native Treasures at Goodwill?

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A lot of famous paintings have been found amongst the racks of posters, dishes and old clothing at your local Goodwill. Have you ever seen any Native American items up for sale? Last year a Goodwill in Seattle found a beaded vest, which they quickly donated to a museum. Recent Goodwill online auctions have showcased beaded gloves and a breechcloth from the 1880s.

Read more…

Dancing for her People – Dr. Denise Walters

For many Powwow goers from many tribes, Dr. Denise Walters is a comforting, compassionate presence. Blessed with academic excellence and cultural interests, this Nottoway beauty shares her Traditional Dancing at numerous powwows and events. Dr. Denise Walters, Ph.D. discussed her heritage and her heart for Native lifeways with Powwows.com.

Q) You’re so dedicated to Native Causes and Powwows! I’m thrilled you could visit with us. You’re familiar to many powwow fans, but will you please introduce yourself to us?

A) My name is Denise Lowe Walters. I am a scientist with a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in pharmacy. I have been dancing for more than 20 years.

Q) What is your Native heritage? How do you incorporate your heritage into your life?

A) I am a member of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia. Our tribe values faith, hard work, and education. I have focused on education in my personal life, which has resulted in a very fulfilling career. My tribe focuses on understanding our heritage and sharing our traditions and history with both Native and non-Native people in the area. In recent years, my son and I have participated in a number of our tribe’s sharing activities.

Read more…

Omaha Tribe Invites Peyton Manning to Reservation

PhotAn open letter to Peyton Manning from the Omaha Tribe:

January 30, 2014

Mr. Manning,

Let us first congratulate you on a successful season and we wish you the best of luck at the Super Bowl. We wanted to take this time to thank you for your affinity with the word: “Omaha.” Recently, the City of Omaha officials worked all week to capitalize on the publicity generated by your audible call, “Omaha” which has been used numerous times during recent Bronco’s Football Games.

Several City of Omaha businesses have also teamed up to donate monetary contributions for every ”Omaha” call which was made to your PeyBack Foundation for at-risk youth. The Omaha Tribe applauds those businesses and your foundations efforts.

We recently read an article through the Associated Press with the following text: “I’ve had a lot of people ask me what ‘Omaha’ means,” Manning said. “It’s a run play, but it could be a pass play, or a playaction pass, depending on a couple of things. The wind, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys we’re wearing. It varies from play to play.”

Read more…

Walking in Two Worlds – Russell Mean’s Son Releases CD

Many people all over the world remember and respect Russell Means for his tireless work for Native American rights and visibility. Now, his son Nataanii Means is forging a path that raises awareness of Native American issues and interests through his music. He sat down with me to share his feelings about his debut cd, entitled 2 Worlds.
Q) What’s new in your world right now?

A) With the release of my debut album 2 Worlds has come quite a few shows and new opportunities. I’m looking forward to a lot more of that has time comes. As of right now, just shooting music videos and doing shows.

Q) What do you want us to call the musical style that you use?

A) I don’t like categorizing my music to just “Native hip hop” or anything like that. I tell people its music with a message, human music that people will relate too and bring into my world of being Indigenous in the 21st century. Basically just Hip-hop.

Read more…

Time Lapse Video of Indian Alley

Check out this time lapse of artist Votan Ik creating his mural of Plenty Coups in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Indian Alley.

Read more…

The Making of Code Talker Medals

Twenty-five Native American leaders stood in a packed Emancipation Hall in Washington DCNovember 20, 2013 to accept Congressional Gold Medals on behalf of their tribe’s Code Talkers – men who worked in secret to help win World Wars One and Two. Check out this video from the United States Mint on how the medals were made.

Read more…

America The Beautiful Sung in Pueblo

Did you catch this commercial during the big game? Meet Christy and hear her sing “America the Beautiful” in Keres, one of the many languages in Coca-Cola’s 2014 Big Game ad.

Read more…

Frybread TV Series Coming Soon

Coming off the success of his film More Than Frybread, Holt Hamilton is hoping to recreate that magic in a TV/Web Series.

The pilot TV episode of “Frybread” is sixty-percent completed, and features several cast members from the movie More Than Frybread. The release of the pilot by Holt Hamilton Productions (HHP) could very well be the first TV series based on Native American sitcom. The original movie released in 2012 was screened in more than fifty reservations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The release of “Frybread” is scheduled for mid-March 2014.

The series takes off with the World Wide Frybread Association, founded in 2005, in peril with bankruptcy and litigation nipping at its heels. Donathan Littlehair (actor J.W. Washington), who is naturally thin on top, conjures up a means to save the organization with the aid of humorous and colorful characters from various Native American tribes.

Read more…

Author: ohnwentsya

Be the change you wish to see, let's co-create the win-win future we know is possible together!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s