So while combing through the interwebs for .pdf books on unrelated subjects, I happened upon zinelibrary.info- an anarchist collective dedicated to the free distribution of radical literature. They have a lot of titles by authors mentioned in this post, as well as many others covering…
Native Artists Gain Ground With 2013 Grammy Nominations
Prior to the 2012 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy saw fit to discontinue the Best Native American Album and the Best Hawaiian Music Album categories. Music that would have qualified for those categories was grouped under the “Regional Roots Music” rubric with that from the also-discontinued genres of Cajun/Zydeco and polka.
The newest face of Gerber, 8-month-old Mary Jane Montoya from Fresno, California, is of mixed heritage. Her mother, Sara Montoya, has Mexican heritage and her father, Billy Montoya, is a descendant of the Yokut Mono Tribe.
…Mr. Brown is appealing to an American narrative just as old as the one where Indians are noble and dark and on horseback, and just as divorced from the textured complexity of the American experience; one where the good guys are broad-chested and the villains twirl their mustaches; one where the only differences that are allowed are those that serve to reinforce American fantasies; one where Americans persist in eradicating problem Indians, so that they can wear our feathers.
Excellent New York Times article. So stoked to see stuff like this in the mainstream press!
If you MUST have Native American style? Get it for real.
Beyond Buckskin has a boutique featuring all native designers. Haute couture to affordable and one-of-a-kind street wear items, as well as jewellery and accessories galore.
Additional authentic on-line stores can be found here. Stop supporting the exploitation of our cultures which is running rampant right now via all of those knock-off items being massed produced overseas by people who have absolutely no connection (or clue) to Native American cultures.
Historically Alaska Native peoples lived solely from the lands and waters of the far north; it is that relationship between land, water and people that has culturally defined the first peoples of Alaska. Today Alaska Natives face many challenges in a world dominated by differing values. Rapid lifestyle changes, forced assimilation, and historical traumas have led to severed connections to the land and waters; these struggles threaten the loss of traditional values that have sustained Alaska Native Peoples for millennium.
Alaska Native communities today are battling suicide rates six times the national average. Suicide is a problem that is difficult to think about and hard to talk about. In many families and communities people either do not want to talk about these tragedies or they do not know how to talk about them. Therefore the impacts of suicide get buried deep and individuals, families, and communities are left without a healing process.
We Breathe Againis a feature length documentary film that takes a real and intimate look at Alaska Native communities as they struggle with the impacts of suicide, and endeavor on a path of individual and community healing. The film presents journeys of both hardship and beauty; and it illuminates everyday paths toward reconnecting the severed ties between the people, the land, and the waters. Set in a landscape as dramatic as the stories, this film will push the audience to feel the rhythm of the land juxtaposed to the realities of its peoples.
We Breathe Again follows inter-generational Alaska Natives today, each shedding light on pieces of the past, present, and future of their culture and way of life. Through experiences of humor and sadness; of joy and despair, this documentary is an Alaska Native story about being Native today.