“In the summer of 2012 I drove across the United States of America and aimed to photograph this country from an indigenous, queer perspective. It is part of a Work in Progress titled TRANSPLANT///.At one point I pulled over on the side of a stretch road in South Dakota to observe a thunderstorm. After taking a few photographs, I continued to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—the ancestral lands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota. I checked into a room at the tribal casino and in the morning when I awoke I spoke with a local Native woman at the front desk. We shared a brief and sweet interaction that involved much laughter. As we parted ways I reached into my bag and handed her a book of poetry by Joy Harjo. It was from her milestone published work, She Had Some Horses.
I had just finished driving over 7,500 miles and Joy accompanied me along the way. I picked up a copy of Crazy Brave at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. and savored each page from Portland, ME to Providence, RI to New York City, and finished it en route to Detroit, MI. I keep two copies of She Had Some Horses at all times. One is my personal copy, and the other is meant to be given away at another chance encounter. “
-Demian Diné Yazhi
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) is honored to welcome celebrated author, activist, and musician Joy Harjo, who will deliver the 2014 Alfred Edelman Lecture on Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 pm.
Harjo’s lecture is part of Illuminations, a city-wide event series celebrating Native arts and cultures centered around This is Not a Silent Movie at Museum of Contemporary Craft.
About Joy Harjo:
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. She just published her memoir, Crazy Brave, detailing her journey to becoming a poet.
Harjo’s seven books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses have garnered many awards. These include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2009 For A Girl Becoming was published.
She has released four award-winning CD’s of original music and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for Winding Through the Milky Way. Her most recent CD release is a traditional flute album: Red Dreams, a Trail Beyond Tears. She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics.
She also performs her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light,which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with recent performances at the Public Theater in NYC and LaJolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry. She has received a Rasmusson: US Artists Fellowship and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Mvskoke Nation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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March 11 2014
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Map of Dinétah (Navajo Nation)
Land expansion 1933
5:15 pm |
March 10 2014
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Demian Diné Yazhi’
Untitled (For Anna Mae Aquash Pictou), 2013
— Printable poster 18”x 24” —
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, let us take a moment to honor the words and work of the late Mi’kmaq warrior Anna Mae Aquash Pictou, whose lifeline was shortened due to her brave and resilient spirit!
This poster was inspired by Anna Mae’s Aquash’s statement to the Court of South Dakota, made after her arrest and interrogation by the FBI regarding fellow activist Leonard Peltier, who was wanted tor the murder of two FBI agents. The FBI had arrested and interrogated Aquash a number of times throughout 1975, including one in which she was allegedly told she would not live out the year it she did not give up the information they wanted. Aquash claimed to have no information about Peltier. She was murdered in late 1975, and her body was discovered along a stretch of highway in South Dakota in February 1976.
About Anna Mae Aquash (March 27, 1945 – mid-December 1975):
Annie Mae Aquash (Mi’kmaq name Naguset Eask) was a Mi’kmaq activist from Nova Scotia, Canada, who became a member of the American Indian Movement, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, United States during the mid-1970s.
Aquash participated in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties and occupation of the Department of Interior headquarters in Washington, DC; the Wounded Knee Incident in 1973; and armed occupations in Canada and Wisconsin in following years. On February 24, 1976, her body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; she was initially determined to have died from exposure but was found to have been executed by gunshot. Aquash was thirty years old at the time of her death.
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March 8 2014
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In the spirit of International Women’s Day, let us take a moment to honor the words and work of the Cherokee Nation’s Andrea Smith, one of the greatest intellectual feminists of our time.
The digital poster was inspired by Smith’s powerful essay “Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples.” This essay is available to read here: http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NotIndianTradition.pdf
About Andrea Smith:
Andrea Smith is an intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship.
Smith’s critical work centers on genocide and acts of violence against Native women. She discusses patriarchy as a tool of settler colonial violence used to subdue and eradicate Native women. In her text Conquest: Sexual Violence And American Indian Genocide, Smith gives a genealogical study of state sanctioned violence against Native women and against their reproductive health from early America to the 19th century.
Smith’s work makes a critical intervention in Native American Studies that has a tendency to dismiss patriarchy as outside the purview of analysis of Native scholarship. Most Native scholars dismiss patriarchy because they identify it as a uniquely Western manifestation forced onto Native populations through assimilation. Smith argues that despite the fact that patriarchy is not intrinsic to Native society, its fundamental importance in the domination and extermination of Native peoples and Native women in particular should not be discounted.
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March 8 2014
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On December 28th, 1890, Maj. Samuel M. Whitside’s battalion of the 7th Calvary intercepted the Lakota. Ill with pneumonia, Unpan Glešká (“Spotted Elk”) and his band surrendered peacefully before being taken into custody by the 7th Calvary and escorted to a campsite near Wounded Knee Creek, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
The night before the massacre, Col. James W. Forsyth arrived at Wounded Knee Creek and ordered his men to position four Hotchkiss cannons around the area in which the Lakota had been forced to camp.
On the morning of 29 December 1890, Forsyth’s soldiers entered the camp and demanded that the Lakota give up their weapons. In the ensuing confrontation, a firearm was discharged. It was later believed to have been by a deaf man, Black Coyote, who presumably did not hear the command to put down his rifle. A large gun fight quickly ensued. The US forces killed over 153 Lakota, mostly non-combatants (women and children); Spotted Elk was among those slain.
This is the treatment Indigenous peoples of this continent faced through atrocities committed by the United States army, politicians, settlers, pioneers, and with approval by the president of the U.S. These are the effects of colonization and genocide that predate any history book and committed in the name of Manifest Destiny, religious freedom, democracy, and independence.
NEVER FORGET WOUNDED KNEE.
NEVER FORGET THE TRAIL OF TEARS
NEVER FORGET THE LONG WALK OF THE NAVAJO.
NEVER FORGET THAT WE HAVE SURVIVED AND WALK AMONG YOU.
NEVER FORGET WE ARE STILL PASSIONATE, INTELLIGENT, RESILIENT, AND READY TO TAKE CARE OF THE LAND, WATER, SKY & EARTH.
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February 28 2014
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On February 27, 1973, over 200 Oglala Lakota tribal members and supporters of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) seized the town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The controversial occupation of Wounded Knee lasted 71 days during which there was continuous confrontation between Natives and U.S. government law officials, including the F.B.I.
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February 28 2014
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Hastiin Chʼil Haajiní // Manuelito
Diné chief (1818-1893)
”The Navajo had many chiefs and one of the most know is Manuelito. He is the most famous for the Navajo because he was a great war chief and led them through a lot in the 1800s. Little was known about him until he was selected to become chief after Zarcillas Largas (Long Earrings). He was known as Hashkeh Naabah ,”The Angry Warrior.” He was a very skillful warrior for the Navajos and this was useful when the Navajos went on raids or into battles. He had become wealthy through livestock, agriculture, and raiding the Mexicans. But this all changed when the Mexican-American War was over because the Mexicans living in the new U.S. became residents and the Navajos didn’t. This led to many conflicts between the Indians and the Americans. Often times the Mexican-Americans raided the Indian tribes and stole women and children to be sold off as slaves. The U.S. army didn’t try to stop this very often, but when the Indians raided a Mexican camp they were quick to punish the Navajos. Manuelito’s home was destroyed in a “punishment raid” and so he took the Navajos and made several attacks on Fort Defiance. The colonel there was unable to pursue successfully because the Navajo knew the land so well and head on battles didn’t happen very often. After many struggles and trying to keep peace as best they could, the U.S. government issued the Indian Removal Act and started forcing Indians to move to a new reservation that couldn’t support many people at a time. Finally, the Navajos surrendered because the U.S. troops came in and destroyed all of their crops, and this led to Navajos surrendering by the thousands and starting the dreadful “Long Walk.”
2:58 am |
February 27 2014
On this date in 1876, Zitkala Sa was born on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She would go on to write several books, including American Indian Stories, co-write the first Native American opera, and found the National Council of American Indians. She was also a talented musician — before becoming a writer and activist, she played the violin with the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for two years.
For more information about this pioneering organizer, listen to RWHP founder Shelby Knox’s profile of her over at Chick History: http://bit.ly/11OExwz
Happy Birthday Zitkala Sa
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February 22 2014
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PRINTABLE POSTER 18” X 24”
This image is inspired by the political resistance & warrior spirit of Indigenous peoples in the americas.
We have been fighting against one another and against the bloody hands of the colonizer since the unwarranted invasion of illegal immigrants from england, france, spain, etc…
It is a simple call for solidarity among all Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island (Native america).
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February 19 2014
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