Through Tamara Ikenberg
This weekend and next week in Indian Country, the animals and indigenous people of the plains owe their due to the zoo, Muscogee Nation is hosting a hot premiere, and a limitless talented Tlingit weaver is making waves at an exhibition of animated art.
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In Mind: Contemporary Indigenous Arts
WHEN: Until Sunday August 29
OR: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA; inthespiritarts.org
Bursting with fringes and deep blue tones, the award-winning set by Tlingit weaver Ursala Hudson lives up to its name: We are the Ocean.
Hudson’s wearable masterpiece of wool, cedar, silk, mother-of-pearl, steel and leather was recently named Best of Show at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibit at Washington State History Museum until Sunday, August 29.
The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, beads, basketry, digital art, multimedia and textiles by 22 artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
For Hudson, the Best in Show honor is a collective success for his lineage and immediate family, including his sister and mother, famous weavers Lily Hope and the late Clarissa Rizal, who, along with Hudson, played a pivotal role in maintaining the native Alaskan Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving tradition alive.
“The set that won is a compilation of my first weavings, just finished, but I believe they are the product of my whole life so far – an art form of my ancestors, a childhood alongside my mother’s loom, a career in design and a deep commitment to higher nature, ”Hudson told Native News Online. “Therefore, it’s not so much my own work as it is the work of lineage and timelessness. When I watched the jurors announce the best of the show, I was washed with gratitude for being the ship to create such work.
Other artists in the exhibition include Navajo painter Gilmore Scott, whose work is infused with desert nuances and geometric shapes inspired by Diné, Northern Arapaho rugs, and Seminole artist Carol Emarthle Douglas, whose Healing Hands basket in Coiled Hemp is an intricately woven meditation on a grueling year.
“The Healing Hands Basket was created to reflect the year 2020,” Douglas said in a statement. “Raised hands are a way to thank and offer prayers or a way to ask for help. The color red symbolizes power, passion and strength.
The exhibition also includes a festival component. On August 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival will be held at three locations: Washington State History Museum, Washington State Museum of Art Tacoma and the Glass Museum. The indoor and outdoor event includes an artist sellers market, cultural music and dance, artistic creation opportunities, and free access to museum exhibits.
Out of the BEWE box
WHEN: Friday, July 30, 12 p.m. MST
With the summer BEWE Box from Native Women Lead, an organization that invests in businesses owned by indigenous women, you can also have your tea and drink it.
Among the goodies in the limited edition box of items from Native American artists, activists and environmentalists, Southwest Indian Medicinal Tea by Shawna Shandiin Sunrise (Navajo / Kewa Pueblo) from makeitbeautifuldesigns and cute Leah Lewis (Pueblo, Hopi, Zuni, Dine) cartoon character mugs from Nsrgnts, to enjoy.
And you can sip with pride, knowing the proceeds are being used to empower Indigenous businesswomen.
If you want your own BEWE Box, you better be there. There are only 150 of them and they go on sale at noon MST on the Native Women Lead website. Part of Native Women Lead’s fair trade initiative, the box also contains jewelry and accessories, natural health and beauty products, and items that inspire creativity.
In addition to tea and cups, the sets include The Balance Notebook by Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo) from Milo Creations, honey and lip balm from Melanie Kirby (Tortugas Pueblo) from nectarnomad, hand-sewn scarf bags by Glenda Bennett (Navajo) from glendabags, and beaded hoops by Alicia Littlebear (Santa Ana Pueblo) from a.littlebear and Rufina Abeita (Isleta and Laguna Pueblo) from bluecorncreations.
Native American Story Time
WHEN: Saturday July 31 (TIME) Wednesday August 4, Saturday August 14
OR: Dakota Zoo, 602 Riverside Rd., Bismarck, ND; Facebook event page
The Dakota Zoo and the Sacred Pipe Resource Center invite people to come together and hear stories about the cultural significance of native plains animals.
Stories about the bison, eagle, bear, elk, deer, porcupine, badger, wolf, coyote and fox will be told by young Native Americans trained in storytelling arts during sessions weekly summer stories that will run until mid-August.
Native American Storytime is part of a partnership project between the Dakota Zoo and the Sacred Pipe Resource Center, an organization that meets and supports the needs of Indigenous people living in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
The project, intended to weave the culture of regional tribes as part of the zoo, also includes a medicine wheel rock sculpture and ten signs depicting plains animals. The signs include information about the creatures’ current and historical significance, and also contain an audio feature that says the names of the animals in the languages of each tribe in North Dakota.
Community screening of reserve dogs
WHEN: Sunday August 1; doors open at 6 p.m., screening starts at 7 p.m.
OR: River Spirit Casino Resort, 8330 Riverside Pkwy, Tulsa Oklahoma; For tickets call 1-888-748-3731
A week before its official premiere on FX, the Muscogee Nation presents a free screening of the first two episodes of the upcoming FX comedy “Reservation Dogs”.
Centered on four Native American teens determined to plot and swindle their way from their Oklahoma reservation to California, Reservation Dogs is co-created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo.
Harjo will be at the early screening this weekend. Participants are encouraged to wear traditional attire at the event, which is for ages 18 and over.
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