Here’s what’s happening in Indian Country: October 7-16


This weekend and next week, there’s plenty going on in Native communities – from a special powwow that invites the Puerto Rican community to showcase their culture alongside their Native American neighbors to a symphony celebrating the works of native composers.

Here’s Native News Online’s weekly roundup of arts, culture and entertainment offerings in Indian Country.

Red Lightning Woman Power Singers Circle
October 10, 5:30 p.m.
Zoom

Join the Native American Health Center and Red Lightning Woman Power Singers Circle on Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PT for this free virtual event. This virtual space is meant to connect and heal women of all ages through chanting and traditional songs.

First voices

October 10, 7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Sarasota, FL

The new season of EnsembleNewSRQ kicks off October 10 with “First Voices,” featuring Indigenous composers from the Americas, including Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw) and Michael Begay (Dine). The symphony will perform Tate’s “Talow’ Hiloha (Thunder Song)” evokes the raging storms of the plains, which the people of Chickasaw believed meant that the holy people above the clouds had gone to war. Begay’s “Autumn Clock” captures the seasonal shift from fall to winter.

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Kelly Jackson at the Crystal Theater
October 8, 7 p.m.
Crystal Theater Iron County, Michigan

Award-winning Indigenous singer Kelly Jackson is a tribal member of the Lac du Flambeau Band, philanthropist and tribal advocate. Her debut album, “Spirit of a Woman,” won a NAMA for Best American Album of the Year, and “Renditions of the Soul” also received international recognition. More recently, Kelly has collaborated with other inspiring artists, tackling a more alternative style drawn from spoken word, rap and reggae with her nominated single, “Wake Up”, for the 2017 Native American Music Awards.

43rd Annual Fall Pow Wow
Oct. 15, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Hosted by the Indian American Student Center at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the 43rd Annual Fall Pow Wow is free and open to the public, with vendors selling Native food and crafts. Large entries at noon and 5 p.m.

On this ground: to be and to belong to America
Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Peabody Essex Museum, Boston

Bringing together two extraordinary collections of Native American and American art for the first time in our institution’s history, this long-term installation celebrates artistic achievement across time, space and worldviews. The 250 works of art on display span from 10,000 years ago to the present day and illustrate a range of voices, modes of expression, cultures and media, including sculpture, painting, textiles and costumes, furniture, decorative arts, works on paper, installations, video and a revisited period room.

Bomba at the powwow
Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wood Schiller, Chicago

A special collaborative performance of native song and dance between Native American intertribal powwow culture and native Puerto Rican bomba culture, featuring artists from the American Indian Center of Chicago and the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.

All are welcome to attend and participate in powwow and bomba cultures.

Tibbit Entertainment presents powwow exhibition

Oct. 8, 7 p.m.-3 p.m.
Tibbits, Coldwater, Michigan

This exhibit is a formal celebration of Native American culture with the revitalization of ancestor song, dance, and storytelling. Engage in learning and experiencing Native American culture through a powwow narrated exhibit. The drum group will feature a Northern Great Lakes singing style. They are Potawatomi Anishinaabe, formerly one of the Three Fires peoples. The Three Fires Nations are Potawatomi, Ojibway and Ottawa. The event will feature guest dancers and singers, artwork, Native American crafts and clothing vendors. Tickets are $10.

Songs for cedar flute, John-Carlos Perea
Oct. 10, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
San Francisco State University

A program of solo songs for Native American cedar flute, including original compositions. John-Carlos Perea is an electric bassist, singer, cedar flautist, composer and ethnomusicologist. An associate professor of Native American studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, Perea’s research interests include jazz and improvised music performance and composition, lived experiences and urban Native American cultural productions, music technologies, recording practices and archival literature, social constructions of “noise”, Native American and African American jazz cultures, and saxophonist Creek and Kaw Jim Pepper.

She sang me a good luck song
Oct. 12, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Powell House, Nevada City, California

Filled with stunning photography revealing the richness and vibrancy of contemporary California Native cultures, “She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar” is a traveling statewide exhibition. The exhibition, which opens at Powell House Gallery Space on October 10 and runs through November 30, features portraits and landscapes that subvert the romanticized narrative typical of Indigenous peoples. She Sang Me a Good Luck Song is based on the Heyday Books publication of the same name, edited by Theresa Harlan (Kewa Pueblo/Jemez Pueblo).

Moundville Native American Festival
Oct. 12-15, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Alabama Archaeological Park at Moundville

Nationally recognized artists, artisans and educators will spotlight the 2022 Moundville Native American Festival. Artists share their culture at the Moundville Native American Festival.

The festival returns in person for the first time since 2019 and features several prominent Native American artists including Lyndon Alec who performs the hoop dance and the Chikashsha Hithla group who demonstrate the Chickasaw dance. Admission is $10 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Pre-registered groups of 10 or more are $8 per person.

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