What’s Happening in Indian Country: June 9-17


This weekend and next week, Indian Country presents an abundance of healthy and delicious food, humorous hip-hop and art.

Highlights include a fresh farmer’s market, a concert by a hip-hop duo who also happen to be stars of the hit show Reservation Dogs, and the return of LA’s first native art market.

Indigenous News OnlineThe events guide is here to help you organize your cultural itinerary.

(Photo: Eugene Tapahe)PICTURED: Strength in Unity by Navajo photographer Eugene Tapahe will be available at the Autry American Indian Arts Market in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. (Photo: Eugene Tapahé)Native American Arts Market

WHEN: Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12

WHERE: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, California; Event page

Since it happens to be based in Tinseltown, The American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry Museum of the American West is the premier Native art event where you’re most likely to find yourself shopping with the stars.

“You never know who you’re going to see there,” Tim Blueflint Ramel, market veteran and maker of Comanche and Chippewa art flutes and jewelry, told Native News Online.

Among the stars he’s seen browsing and buying over the years are Lakota actor Zahn McClarnon of Reservation Dogs and the new crime drama Dark Winds, Alaska Native actor Martin Sensmeier of 1833, Jonathan Rhys Myers of The Tudors and rock star Dave Grohl of Nirvana. and the Foo Fighters.

This weekend, stars and discerning Indigenous art collectors will experience the first in-person market since 2019. More than 50 of the nation’s top Indigenous artists and thousands of art lovers will gather for an art blast , film and two-day theater. and dancing.

From elegant Ramel wooden flutes detailed with lavish materials like Japanese gold and coral, to striking images from Navajo photographer Eugene Tapahe’s Jingle Dress Project drawing attention to the MMIW issue, there will be works by Meaningful and beautiful art for all tastes.

In addition to an array of cream of the crop art from Indigenous creators, the market is also a showcase for Indigenous film, theater and dance.

Adam Piron, the Sundance Institute’s new Indigenous Program Director, will be on hand to host a screening of Indigenous-produced short films, and Autry’s resident theater company, Native Voices, will present two play readings. There will also be plenty of Aboriginal dancing and singing, courtesy of Terry Goedel & Family and the Wild Horse Singers & Dancers.

(Courtesy of Four Sisters Facebook page) The Four Sisters Farmers Market takes place Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 28, on E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis. (Four Sisters Facebook) Four Sisters Farmer’s Market

WHEN: Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October 28

WHERE: 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN; Event page

The Four Sisters Farmers Market is a Native-centric food market focused on native and hyper-local foods from the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis and surrounding neighborhoods.

The market is back to satisfy your cravings for native food, fresh produce, crafts, art and fellowship.

Products include jams and pastries from edible artshealth and beauty products from botanicalworkshopNDN Tacos from Powwow groundswild rice, jam and products of Dream of wild healthhoney and beeswax Wiishkobanand soaps and aromatherapy items from grow blue flowers.

The market is a program of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), which works with Native-run farms and food producers.

“The Four Sisters Farmers Market believes in a marketplace that simultaneously builds community health and wealth for consumers and community agricultural vendors,” said Elizabeth Day, NACDI’s Community Engagement Projects Manager.

(Courtesy picture) PICTURED: Muscogee hip hop duo Lil Mike & Funny Bone will perform at the Choctaw Cultural Center in Calera, OK on Saturday, June 11. (Photo: mikebonemedia.com) Little Mike and Funny Bone

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Choctaw Cultural Center1919 Hina Hanta Way, Calera, OK; Event page

On FX’s hit show on Hulu, Reservation Dogs, whenever life gets too heavy and unwieldy, the inseparable duo of Mose and Mekko ride their bikes to deliver perfectly timed comedic relief or to show off their hip chops. poof.

The fictional duo are performed by real-life Muscogee rappers Li’l Mike and Funnybone, known collectively as MikeBone. This week, they’ll be bringing their brand of motivational and humorous hip hop to the Choctaw Cultural Center during the Center’s Art Market.

Fans will also have the opportunity to get to know the duo during a meeting.

(Courtesy picture) Pictured: The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company will perform Saturday, June 11 at River Hill Park in Kewaskum, WI. (Photo: Courtesy of Woodland Sky)Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m.

WHERE: River Hill Park, Kewaskum, WI; Event page

Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Lakota and Apache dancers from the Woodland Sky Native American dance troupe based in Crystal Falls, Mich. will travel to Wisconsin this weekend.

The troupe, founded by Ojibway dancer and artist Michelle Reed, presents theatrical and authentic performances that share historical stories set to traditional Native American songs.

To learn more about Woodland Sky, click here.

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