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This Is Displacement showcases a range of contemporary Native artists
Thursday, January 13 2011
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THIS IS DISPLACEMENT: Native Art Show Opens January. 9th
Plymouth Congregational Church
Public reception: January 24 at 6 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. (at Franklin) in Minneapolis, is exhibiting  the Native art show “This is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land & Identity,” in its Howard Conn Fine Arts Center Gallery.this is displacement native american
Curated by Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) and Carolyn Lee Anderson (Diné) “This is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land & Identity” is a group exhibit by a range of contemporary Native artists that consider what displacement from Native homelands means to their identity and their work.  
The exhibit features two and three-dimensional art, short films/video, recorded sound art (music/stories/sound collage) and written work.
As curators, Johnson and Anderson chose to define displacement broadly, not just as a negative outside force but also as an intense connection to a place other than one’s homeland. The group art exhibit offers audiences multiple Native views of displacement, and encourages a dialogue with the audience on the intersections of art and identity.
Co-curator Anderson, a painter, states, “I am curating this exhibit because displacement is an especially challenging issue in my life. I was born and raised in Minnesota, but my maternal heritage is Diné (Navajo). I feel at home here in Minnesota, but I also have an intense longing to be in the Southwest and learn about my culture and language. It’s as if half of my heart is here in Minnesota, and the other half is in Dinétah.” 

Native performing arts groups formed to advocate inclusion
Friday, October 15 2010
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Concerned over a lack of voice and inclusion a group of prominent American Indian writers, directors and performers has joined together to form two new organizations that will promote and advocate for greater visibility and a stronger presence within the American mainstream theater industry. Tribal two new organizations are called the National American Indian Theater and Performing Arts Alliance and the American Indian Playwrights Guild.
“The American Indian community in America possesses an amazing roster of creative talents, particularly in theater and the performing arts,” said Hanay Geiogamah, a playwright-director and founder of Project HOOP, the national American Indian theater and performing arts advocacy program located at the University of California in Los Angeles.
“We feel strongly that it is time American Indian people take full and complete control of ours stories and images in all theater and performing arts initiatives,” Geiogamah said. “These two organizations will also create leverage for fundraising in an effort to provide critical support for American Indian artists and theater and performing arts organizations.”
Mark Anthony Rolo, a Bad River Ojibwe playwright and University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer, said the Playwrights Guild will help American Indian dramatists in protecting and promoting the artistic and financial value of their work.
“We want the mainstream theaters and funders to understand and recognize that our playwrights are the original, creative source of American Indian theater,” Rolo said. “The works they produce give voice to tribal communities and tribal people in all parts of the country, and we want the theater industry and funders to support our work.”
The Playwrights Guild would serve Indian playwrights similar to the national New York-based Dramatists Guild, which represents a wide array of American dramatists. Geiogamah said that the organizations will develop programs and services that will help strengthen and promote the work of American Indian theaters, performing arts groups and related groups in tribal communities across the nation.
“An important goal of the Alliance will be to promote a larger pubic appreciation and understanding of American Indian theater and the related performing arts. The Alliance will also promote, support and honor artistic talent and accomplishments,” Geiogamah said.
A who’s who of prominent American Indian theater artists joined in the founding session for the new organizations, including leading playwrights: Bruce King, Oneida-Ojibwe author of the acclaimed Evening at the Warbonnet; William YellowRobe Jr., Assiniboine Sioux, whose work includes the well-known drama Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers; Marcie Rendon, White Earth Anishinabe playwright based in Minneapolis and author of Songcatcher; Dianne Yeahquo Reyner, Kiowa tribal member who is the artistic director of the Kansas City-based American Indian Repertory Theater and author of Weaving the Rain, as well as Geiogamah and Rolo.
Geiogamah’s plays include Body Indian and Foghorn. Rolo’s works include What’s An Indian Woman to Do? and The Way Down Story.
CD REVIEW: All One Struggle is cultural identity and individual autonomy
Sunday, December 06 2009
Written by Jamison Mahto,
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resistance cultural cd.jpgResistant Culture: All One Struggle

It’s raining outside but I’m dressed and riding, and I’m out here bumpin’ to the Resistant Culture CD All One Struggle. Their promo says “Resistant Culture is. . .tribal music that has weaved the indigenous flute, rattle, tribal drum and chant into an organic and flowing tapestry with extreme contemporary punk and metal.” In their own words RC refers to their self-created sub genre as “tribal grind crust.” It is reminiscent of Henry Rollins and Black Flag at the height of their first national road tour.

The band line-up consists of the founding member and vocalist Anthony Rezhawk who growls more than sings the culturally referenced lyrics that are backed by hard and fast rhythms played with precision.

All My Relations arts program celebrates tenth anniversary
Sunday, December 06 2009
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Shirlee Stone’s vision has guided the volunteer and contracted staff since she left in late 2006 and the program has grown as the result of her original mission: to honor and strengthen relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the neighborhood.

Since All My Relations Arts opened at Ancient Traders Gallery, more than 23 exhibits including City Indians, Native Sons and the acclaimed States, Dates and Place, have been mounted in the Gallery and more than 35,000 people have seen the diverse range of contemporary American Indian fine art that has been shown at Ancient Traders Gallery. The program is a cultural collaboration of GNDC and is funded by the McKnight Foundation, Target, ArtsLab, Two Feathers Fund and other generous sponsors.
American Indian Art and Fashion Alliance launches with $400,000 Kellog grant
Thursday, August 13 2009
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Gail Bruce and Michael Chapman (Menominee Tribe), co-Founders of UNRESERVED: American Indian Fashion and Art Alliance, announce their first grant of $400,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Founded in 2009, UNRESERVED’s mission is to raise the profile of American Indians, bringing untapped talent to the global marketplace by delivering business opportunities to the reservations and developing employment pathways for Indian nations through culture, creativity and commerce. 

The organization will foster emerging American Indian artists interested in exploring and pursuing careers in the worlds of fashion and art through internships, mentoring programs and career opportunities, while raising awareness about American Indians. “This is an extraordinary gesture by the Kellogg Foundation for it enables us to dream big and deeply explore opportunities in art and  fashion. The grant will help bring Native visions and voices to the forefront of these two arenas,” said Chapman.
The non-profit will mark its launch at the 87th Annual Indian Market taking place in Sante Fe, New Mexico, the weekend of August 22-23, 2009.

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