What’s Happening in Indian Country: September 30 – October 7


This weekend and next week, there’s an abundance of activity in Indigenous communities – from Indigenous artists, dancers and musicians celebrating culture to a national contest that will determine who makes the tastiest Indian taco in the whole country. .

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

25th Annual Chumash Intertribal Powwow 2022

When: October 1 and 2

Where: Santa Ynez, California,

The 25th annual Chumash Inter-tribal Powwow brings together tribes from across the United States and Canada for a weekend of traditional song and dance in honor of tribal ancestors. More than 300 Native American dancers and drummers from various tribes across the continent will compete for cash prizes ranging from $75 to $5,000.

The powwow is housed in its new permanent home next to the Chumash Casino Resort and the site of the future Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indian Museum.

The Big Dance begins October 1 at noon, followed by the entry of the Grant at 1:00 p.m. In addition, a healing ceremony will be held on October 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All are invited to join. Admission is $5.

Walk a mile in them Mocs

When: Oct. 1, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Grasslands People’s Park, Kansas

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Victim Services invites the public to raise awareness about family violence. The event includes face painting, burgers and hot dogs, and a balloon release in honor of victims of domestic violence.

37th Annual Pow Wow of Love

When: October 1, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: East Lansing, Michigan

This weekend marks the return of the Michigan State University (MSU) North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO) in-person Powwow of Love.

The theme for this year’s powwow is “Reconnection”, portrayed in the powwow as traditional rather than competitive, as the event has been in the past.

“We’ve taken several steps to ensure inclusivity, including having a male and female MC, and gender-neutral dance style category names,” said Neely Bardwell, Co-Chair of Powwow Planning and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of NAISO, at Native News Online. “By making it traditional, there won’t be that extra stress and shyness associated with competitive powwows for new dancers or those beginning their journey of cultural and spiritual reconnection.” We are all very excited to welcome community members from across the state, nation and on campus to our powwow.

Doors open at 10 a.m. The first big entry is at 1 p.m. The second grand entrance is at 7 p.m.

Indigenous Identities: Portraits of Native Americans in the Civil War Era

When: Oct. 1, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023

Where: Reading, Pennsylvania

Indigenous Identities tells the stories of Indigenous peoples of the American West through a collection of 49 photographic portraits made during the Civil War era (1846 – 1877). These images were collected as part of the Hayden Survey (later known as the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories) conducted by the Department of the Interior in 1871 to gather intelligence and open up land for settlers whites.

The photographs featured in the exhibition are part of a larger collection of 616 photographs assembled by photographer William Henry Jackson (1843-1942).

The portraits invite the viewer to examine native extensions to white expansions, ranging from fierce resistance to strategic tolerance, as evidenced by the body language and dress of the portrait subjects.

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Indian National Taco Championship

When: October 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Pawhuska, Oklah.

Returning for its 18th year, the Indian National Taco Championships draws more than a dozen indigenous cooks from across the country to compete for a grand prize of $1,500 and the title of Indian Taco Champion.

Organized by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, the event is free and also includes more than 30 vendors as well as native dancers and drummers.

Oriental Medicine Singers and Yonatan Gat

When: October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Empty Bottle, Chicago, Illinois.

New York-based Israeli composer Yonatan Gat joins traditional Algonquin drumming and vocal group Eastern Medicine Singers to perform songs from their groundbreaking collaborative album, The Medicine Singers.

A longtime presence at powwows and Indigenous gatherings across the country, the Eastern Medicine Singers performed at the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin in 2017. During their performance, Gat spontaneously joined the band onstage, leading to a creative partnership.

The Medicine Singers was recorded last year and released on Indiana Joyful Noise label Stone Tapes. The album combines traditional Native drum songs with heavy psych, electronic, spiritual jazz and rock, and features the Ojibwe and Algonquian dialect of Massachusetts.

The Chicago Reader called the record “A mutually transformative encounter of cultures with a sound big enough to fill a forest.”

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are sold online, but are still available for purchase at the door.

Strange Lands: The Works of Tom Antell, Chris T. Cornelius and Sky Hopinka

When: October 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023

Where: West Bend, Wis.

In a compelling collection of works, Strange Lands brings together three Indigenous artists to explore the original sin of the violent expulsion of Indigenous people from their land.

Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Antell is a member of Minnesota Chippewa and Chris T. Cornelius is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

The artists explore landscape, memory and heritage to create an open narrative that describes both personal and collective experiences.

Tom Antell uses cartoon imagery and dark humor in his paintings, playing absurd and colorful allegories on the devastated agrarian landscapes of corporate farms and colonized fields. Strange Lands will be Antell’s first exhibition.

Chris T. Cornelius is an architect and chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of New Mexico and founding director of Studio: Indigenous, a design firm serving Indigenous clients.

Sky Hopinka is an internationally renowned artist and filmmaker. His projects have been exhibited at the Tate Modern and the Whitney Biennial. “Perfidia,” an artist’s book Hopinka published in 2020, translates from Spanish as “perfidy,” an act of betrayal or betrayal.

11th Annual Cherokee Art Market

When: October 9 to 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Okla.

Featuring over 150 Native artists representing tribes across the United States, the Cherokee Art Market returns to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tusla, Okla. Cultural demonstrations, including jewelry making, stamping techniques, katsina doll making, pottery, painting, basket weaving and more, take place daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An opening reception will be held on October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Sky Room to welcome performers and guests. Artists will compete for a total prize of $75,000 awarded in 25 categories. Tickets for the awards ceremony and reception are $25 and can be purchased at the door.


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