What’s Happening in Indian Country Jan 14-21, 2022


This weekend and next week, Indian Country features a session with a famous storyteller, a glimpse into the mind of TV’s coolest casino CEO, an abundance of bows and arrows from a treasured Cherokee craftsman. and an explosion of traditional and modern art straight out of Arizona.

Indigenous News OnlineThe events guide is here to help you choose what piques your native interests.

Michael Greyeyes in Vanity Fair

Grey eyesRutherford Falls star Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree of Muskeg Lake First Nation) is featured in the current issue of Vanity Fair. (Peacock)

WHEN: Now

OR: vanity lounge

Nothing seems to distract the fierce and charismatic CEO of Running Thunder casino, Terry Thomas, from his game.

But Michael Greyeyes, the accomplished Plains Cree performer who plays the utterly confident and competent Thomas in Peacock’s “Rutherford Falls,” admits in Vanity Fair magazine that he was “quietly terrified” of taking on the revolutionary role of television.

“I recognized pretty quickly that the writers had created a fully empowered native man,” Greyeyes told Vanity Fair. “I said to myself that with Terry, I couldn’t use some of the old ways of working. I had a wonderful career. I’ve played a lot of broken men, and there’s a lot of great texture to those characters. But what was interesting about Terry is that he’s not broken. It is in fact whole. I had to work faster. And I couldn’t use any of the previous roots I knew – what is character dysfunction, where does it come from, how does it manifest?

Greyeyes’ approach to portraying his rare Rutherford Falls persona is one of many ideas the dancer, director and teacher, who also made a major impression in the 2021 film Wild Indian, reveals in the piece for Vanity Fair. .

Greyeyes also reflects on how working with Indigenous creatives in positions of power has influenced her career.

“I have often said that I viewed much of my earlier career work as corrective – I viewed my role not only as an artist, but also as an educator. But I think one of the reasons I’m having some success right now is that I’ve been able to work with indigenous creatives,” he said. “When I have Indigenous creatives in decision-making roles around me, I know I can relate to why I’m there when I’m there as an actor. I’m not here as a writer, I’m not here to fix the script or provide cultural understanding… It’s absolutely liberating. I was happy to put that aside and really enjoyed the work and the confidence that went into the project.

Al Herrin: The Bowmaker’s Call

SONY-DSCCherokee Al Herrin National Treasure. The exhibition Al Herrin: The Bow Maker’s Calling is on view through March 26 at the Saline Courthouse Museum in Rose, Oklahoma. (Saline Courthouse Museum)

WHEN: until Saturday March 26

OR: Saline Courthouse Museum, 55870 S. 490 Rd., Rose, OK; Event page

Al Herrin answered the call to create traditional Cherokee bows and arrows when he was 8 years old.

Inspired by Cherokee cornstalk shoots, young Herrin crafted his first bow. And, with the guidance and teachings of Cherokee elders, a legendary career began.

Herrin, who was proclaimed a Cherokee National Treasure in 1991, is also a renowned author, teacher and demonstrator of bow carving, and can currently be enjoyed in the exhibit ‘Al Herrin: The Bow Maker’s Calling’, at the Saline Courthouse Museum .

“A true craftsman, Al captures the spirit of the materials he works with,” Karen Shade-Lanier, Cultural Tourism Interpretive Projects Coordinator for the Cherokee Nation, said in a press release. “People are often familiar with his work from one of his many past arch sculpting demonstrations, but through this exhibition we share more about how he got his start and the lifelong experience that he brings to the table while preserving this aspect of Cherokee life.

Hear Our Voices with Will Hill

willhillMuscogee storyteller Will Hill. The Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas, will host the Hear Our Voices with Will Hill storytelling session on Facebook Live on Saturday, January 15. (Will Hill)

WHEN: Saturday, January 15, 11 a.m.

OR: Native American History Museum Facebook Live; Event page

With his show Legends, Muscogee storyteller Will Hill delightfully engages audiences in Native American folklore with a blend of music, humor and heart.

The famed storyteller, raised as a traditional Nogonugojeeh (Storytelling Society) storyteller of the Muskogean people, has thrilled audiences at venues ranging from Walt Disney World to the National Museum of the American Indian.

This Saturday, Hill will bring his buffalo skin drum, turtle shell rattle and charming storytelling style to Facebook Live during a performance hosted by the Museum of Native American History (MONAH) in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Hill’s appearance is part of MONAH’s “Hear Our Voices” program featuring Indigenous storytellers sharing their knowledge and wisdom by delivering traditional oral tales. MONAH welcomes a new Indigenous storyteller on the second Saturday of each month.

FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona

Cosmic Spiral by Akwesasne Mohawk artist Roger Perkins is featured in the new exhibition FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona, which runs through March 30 at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library in Scottsdale, AZ. (Roger Perkins)WHEN: until March 30

OR: Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ; Event page

The word “Arizona” is derived from the term for “little spring” in the O’odham language.

This “little spring” flows with the tremendous creative force of 22 Native American tribes, and the new show FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona, zooms in on the art of the state’s native peoples and those who call them home. House,

From bold digital paintings by Diné artist Damian Jim done on an iPhone to traditional handmade beaded accessories by Melanie Sainz, a Ho-Chunk artist living in Phoenix, FIRST is an exciting fusion of modern and traditional work.

The exhibit is co-curated by potter Ron Carlos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the roster of artists also includes Chelsea Bighorn, David Butler, David Haff, Zachary Justin, Marie Koonooak, Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Mario Martinez, David Chethlahe Paladin, Roger Perkins and Jessie Yazzie.

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Tamara Ikenberg
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