Here’s what’s happening in the Indian country: September 10


Fashion and cinema are the buzzwords this weekend and next week in the Indian country.

Whether it’s an online shopping opportunity for a ready-to-wear piece from an in-demand Indigenous designer, a fluorescent Montana fashion show highlighting women’s health, in From showing off a revenge thriller set on a Canadian reserve in Santa Fe, your chances of dressing up with a place to go have never been better.

Take a hot minute to review Indigenous News Online, and mix and match your own style and screen correction.

Launch of the Dakota Oyáte ready-to-wear collection

WHEN: Friday, September 10 at 1 p.m. CST


What do you state when your ribbon dress is so lavish, rich and majestic that it makes you feel like a modern day native Marie Antoinette?

How about “Let them eat fried bread”.

The punchline and ottoman are provided by Hidatsa, Dakota Sioux and designer Assiniboine Norma Baker -Flying Horse of Red Berry Woman.

A dazzling and decadent puff-sleeve ribbon dress is one of seven looks making up the designer’s new Dakota Oyáte collection, which launches this weekend on her website. Flourishing with brightly colored skirts, blouses, dresses and t-shirts incorporating contemporary and native chic, the pieces in the collection are perfect for special events or for everyday dressing.

“This is my first ready-to-wear collection and, although small, it means a lot to me as an Indigenous woman entrepreneur,” said Flying-Horse, who previously focused on tailoring for guests, including attendees at several major awards show, including the Grammy Awards and Academy Awards, as well as Miss Indian World Cheyenne Brady (Sac and Fox, Cheyenne, Tonkawa) and Miss Universe 2015, actress and activist Ashley Callingbull (Calls out).

“Everything I did in (fashion) was just create beautiful clothes and create something that people wanted to wear,” Baker-Flying Horse told Tribal Business News. “It started with one-on-one customers and now it’s all on demand. I have (had) a lot of people who kept asking me to make ready-to-wear because they would like to buy something that is not made to measure.

The impetus for the new collection is rooted in a deep ancestral connection.

“The Dakota Oyáte collection is inspired by my Dakota Sioux lines,” Baker-Flying Horse said in a statement. She added that her collection reflected the influence of her grandmother, the late Beverly Walking Eagle, who was Dakota Sioux and was fluent in the tribal language.

“The teaching she gave me on how to use my Dakota designs is what I apply to my Native Fashions today. It is his talent and his teachings that I want to honor with this collection.

Further demonstrating the designer’s passion for indigenous authenticity and pride, all of the collection’s promotional materials feature model members and residents of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.

American Indian Film Institute Presents Special Drive-In Showcase

WHEN: Friday September 10, 7:45 p.m.

OR: Motorama at Downs Santa Fe, 27475 W. Frontage Rd., Santa Fe, NM. Tickets are $ 2-10. Buy here.

In the murderous thriller “Dance Me Outside”, four friends from the Kidabanesee Reservation in Canada find the corpse of an acquaintance and enlist the help of a recently paroled friend in plotting revenge against her killer.

Canadian director Bruce McDonald’s 1994 film will screen this weekend in Santa Fe at a drive-through presented by the American Indian Film Institute (AIFI).

“Dance Me Outside” won an AIFI Eagle Spirit Award and stars Ryan Black, Adam Beach, Jennifer Podemski, Tamara Podemski and Michael Greyeyes, who plays casino CEO Terry Thomas in the Peacock TV hit “Rutherford Falls”.

In addition to the screening, the evening will also include an art and food market, and a short film program organized by AIFI. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. and participants are advised to arrive early for the market.

The 32nd Annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Pow Wow and Cultural Celebration of American Indians will take place Sunday, September 12 at the Denver Indian Center and on the Denver Art Museum Facebook and YouTube pages.  (Facebook page of the event)The 32nd Annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow and Cultural Celebration of American Indians takes place Sunday, September 12 at the Denver Indian Center and on the Denver Art Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages. (Photo via Facebook)
The 32nd Annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Pow Wow & Celebration of Native American Indians

WHEN: Sunday September 12, 11 am-5pm

OR: Denver Indian Center, 4407 Morrison Rd., Denver, Colorado; The event will also be broadcast on the Denver Art Museum Facebook page and YouTube channel.

For a winning combo of camaraderie, competitive dance, food and art, check out the Denver Art Museum’s 32nd Annual Friendship Pow Wow, online or in person.

The event, which celebrates the diverse Indigenous communities of Denver and the Front Range, is free to all.

The grand entrance starts at noon and will be followed by a multitude of dance competitions including jingle, traditional, fantasy and weed, for everyone from toddlers to the golden age. .

For more information, visit

'80s-inspired clothing by Navajo designer JG Indie will be showcased during the Honor Our Legacy Fashion Show on Friday, September 17 at the Northern Winz Hotel and Casino in Box Elder, MT.  (Shady Bear Photography)’80s-inspired clothing by Navajo designer JG Indie will be showcased during the Honor Our Legacy Fashion Show on Friday, September 17 at the Northern Winz Hotel and Casino in Box Elder, MT. (Shady Bear Photography)
Honor the Our Legacy Fashion Show and Women’s Health Show

WHEN: Friday, Sep 17, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

OR: Northern Winz Hotel and Casino, 11275 US-87, Box Elder, MT; Facebook event page

Rocky Boy Reservation’s signature-style showcase returns to the track live and in person, following last year’s all-virtual episode.

The Honor Our Legacy Fashion Show, founded and directed by designer Chippewa Cree Rebekah Jarvey, goes back in time for a spectacular ’80s-themed show complemented by a component on women’s health.

On the fashion front, this year’s star designers are Elias Jade Not Afraid (Crow), who has been featured several times in Vogue, and whose beaded accessories adorned Home Secretary Deb Haaland in the August issue of this year’s InStyle, JG Indie (Navajo) who mixes indigenous and urban style, and Sage Mountainflower (Ohkay Owingeh, Taos Pueblo, Navajo), whose elegant jewelry and clothing reflects the native landscape and culture. from the southwest.

In addition to the parade, presenters from the Rocky Boy Health Center Women’s Health Show will be on hand to offer information on women’s health issues.

“The women’s health show coordinator and I thought combining the health show and the fashion show would be a great way to start coming back to in-person events,” Jarvey said. Indigenous News Online. “Women are the backbone of our families and the pandemic places a lot more stress and pain on them. Having an evening of entertainment and information on women’s health is essential to maintaining the strength of the backbone of our tribe.

The event also includes plenty of opportunities for the non-model community to show off their style in an array of competitions in keeping with the retro theme, including an ’80s Big Hair contest and best dressed’ 80s style.

And as always, the show will have punches from the powwow culture, accented by announcers Russell Standing Rock and Thomas Limberhand, host drum Montana Cree and Color Guard American Legion Post 67.

Grand Valley American Indian Lodge Pow-wow in Riverside Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Photo / Levi Rickert)
Grand Valley American Indian Lodge 60th Annual Traditional Pow Wow

WHEN: Saturday September 11 – Grand entry at 1 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Sunday September 12 – Grand admission at 12 p.m.

OR: Riverside Park, Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

After being canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Grand Valley Indian Lodge is excited about this year’s event which brings dancers from the Great Lakes region to Grand Rapids together. Native American dishes will be available. Face masks are highly recommended.

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Tamara Ikenberg

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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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