Here’s what’s happening in the Indian country: October 22-29

This weekend and next week, fascinating expressions of the past and present are popping up all over Indian country. Attractions include the life of a Cherokee legend in music, a performance by a rising star of the Indiqueer soundstage, and a grand celebration of Buffalo Back.

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A special event celebrating the bison's return to the Rocky Boy Preserve will take place on Tuesday, October 26 at the Chippewa Cree Tribal Buffalo Pasture near Box Elder, MT.  (Photo / Rocky Boy Buffalo Project)The return…

WHEN: Tuesday October 26, 9 a.m.

OR: The Chippewa Cree Tribal Buffalo Pasture, Main St. W Hwy 448, Box Elder, MT; Event page

After more than 30 years, the bison are returning to the Rocky Boy reserve.

Over the past two years, Rocky Boy Sustainability Coordinator Jason Belcourt and his dedicated seven-member board of directors have raised funds and worked to make animals essential to the spirit and sustenance of the tribes. from the Plains to Rocky Boy, a Chippewa Cree reservation in north-central Montana. .

On Tuesday, 11 buffaloes provided by the American Prairie Reserve and Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes will be greeted with traditional songs and dances, a tipi lift, a pipe ceremony and a community meal.

While Belcourt and his board did the heavy lifting to ensure the return, Belcourt ultimately credits the triumph to the animals themselves.

“This is a historic moment. It’s a big deal and we look forward to some really good things to come with the bison, ”Belcourt said. “I didn’t take this fight. The buffalo did it. The buffalo chose each of us to choose this fight on his behalf. He booms and he comes back.

To verify Indigenous News Online next week for a full story on the return of the buffalo to Rocky Boy.

A scene from the musical Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, which premieres Friday October 29 and Saturday October 30 at Hard Rock Live in Catoosa, OK.  (Photo / Nanyehi Facebook page)Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward

WHEN: Friday October 29 and Saturday October 30 at 7:30 p.m.

OR: Hard Rock Live, 777 Cherokee St., Catoosa, OK; Tickets cost $ 15 for general admission and $ 10 for Cherokee citizens and children under 12. Buy here or call 918-314-ROCK; Nanyehi’s Facebook page

Woman warrior and peacemaker, Nanyehi is a Cherokee legend.

Also referred to as Nancy Ward, the fearless and revered figure known as the last ghigou Cherokee – which translates to “beloved woman” or “woman of war” – fiercely defended her people in the campaign against the Creek Nation and is became a powerful peacemaker during the American Revolution.

Throughout her life, Nayehi has used her influential position to champion the contributions and value of women from all cultures.

“May the sons of your wives be ours; our sons are yours. Let your wives hear our words, ”Ward told American treaty commissioners in a speech in 1781.

The story of Ward, who lived from 1738 to 1822, was either totally unknown to the general public, or at most a historical footnote in great need of fleshing out, until 2013 when the premiere of the revealing musical Nanyehi-The Story of Nancy Ward.

Written by Nick Sweet and Becky Hobbs, Ward’s fifth great-granddaughter, the musical expresses Ward’s life in two acts and seventeen emotional original songs, some of which incorporate the Cherokee language.

“I was motivated by something much bigger than me to tell this story,” Hobbs told the Oklahoma Examiner-Enterprise newspaper. “I prayed a lot to follow his wishes in telling his story. His story is very important in today’s world because we have to stop killing each other, we all share the same planet.

As a child, Hobbs heard about Nanyehi from his mother. In the history of the Examiner-Company, Hobbs said one of the stories she remembered the most was how Nanyehi helped the Cherokee triumph in the Battle of Taliwa in 1755 after picking up the rifle of her husband Kingfisher, who was shot down during the battle. Hobbs added that Nanyehi was known to chew on Kingfisher’s lead bullets to make them more deadly.

Hobbs’ musical homage to his ingenious and inspired ancestor has received widespread critical acclaim since its premiere.

Alice Reese of The Harold-Banner in Greenville, Texas called it “An exciting epic of war and peace (which) ranges from merry stickball games to hard and bloody battles and romance to tragedy.” Using voices and drums evocative of Native American culture as well as the folk music and ballads of early American settlers, the composition by composer, playwright and musical director Becky Hobbs presents Nanyehi’s remarkable life in a stunning musical drama.

Singer-songwriter Kwakwaka'wakw / Cree Nimkish will perform in a non-stop concert presented by the imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival on Saturday, October 23.  (Photo / Nimkish Facebook page)The Beat with DJ Shub, Nimkish and Indigo

WHEN: Saturday 23 October, 9 p.m.

OR: Diffusion. Tickets cost $ 10. Buy here.

“Young, sick, broke, I need healing / I have problems piled on the ceiling.”

Vancouver-based Kwakwaka’wakw / Cree poet and musician Nimkish admits to problems in song BSJ. Named a CBC Music Summer 2021 Best Song Contest, the hypnotic and revealing track from her current album “Damage Control”, which documents coping mechanisms in the pandemic era, helped position Nimkish as the ‘one of the hottest properties among a growing movement of indigenous performers whose sonic fusion of indigenous and intimately unconventional identities shatter sound and cultural barriers.

Nimkish explained the meaning of YSB in a press release.

“(YSB) is about feeling like you can’t move forward and solving specific issues that we as indigenous women work on on a daily basis,” she said. “Our generation has had to deal with trauma and we continually fight for fairness. It can seem exhausting to constantly try to be truly heard.”

Nimkish’s powerful voice and his trippy, layered tracks will be heard loud and clear during The Beat streaming concert, part of the imagineNative Film + Media Arts festival, which runs both online and in person through Sunday. October 24.

The online show also features Métis singer Indigo and Mohawk artist DJ Shub, known as the godfather of the Pow Wow Step, a mix of Indigenous music, electro and club beats.

For more information on the imagineNative Film + Media festival, visit

Honkv Storytelling

WHEN: Saturday 23 October, 6.30 p.m.

OR: Claude Cox Omniplex, 2950 Warrior Rd., Okmulgee, Oklahoma; Event page

Who is afraid of Honkv?

The Honkv is a bogeyman or monster in the Muscogee Creek tongue. As a prelude to Halloween, the Muscogee Nation Museum, Cultural Center & Archives invites community members to tell their spookiest stories of Honkv under the stars.

Storytellers and listeners are invited to gather outside under the pavilion of the Claude Cox omniplex to share creepy stories and simultaneously devour popcorn, food and drink provided by 5C Kettle. and the Mvskoke Lady Legends.

The chills and chills are free, so bring your best stories and perfect the Muscogee Halloween lingo with the video below.

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Tamara Ikenberg

Author: Tamara Ikenberg

Tamara Ikenberg is a Native News Online contributor. It covers the tribes of the southwest as well as native arts, culture and entertainment. She can be reached at [email protected]

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