Here is what is happening in Indian country: July 23



The soaring Raven stamp release, a new Indigenous performance art series, and an exciting and rewarding event for seniors are all on the agenda this weekend and next week in Indian Country.

Browse Native News Online’s guide to events to identify your ideal Indigenous experience.

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SWAIA shows

WHEN: Friday July 23 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

OR: Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 East De Vargas St., Santa Fe, NM Tickets are $ 15.

SWAIAhoopSWAIA performances begin Friday July 23 at the Santa Fe Playhouse in Santa Fe, NM. The first artist featured is hoop dancer ShanDien LaRance (Hopi / Assiniboine / Tewa / Navajo). (Photo / ShanDien LaRance)

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and the Santa Fe Playhouse have merged their creative forces to present SWAIA Live Performances.

Monthly performances by Indigenous musicians, dancers, poets and other artists will take place on the last Monday of each month, with the exception of the launch performance of hoop dancer ShanDien LaRance, which will take place on Friday, July 23.

LaRance (Hopi / Assiniboine / Tewa / Navajo) traveled the country with his famous family and learned the hoop dance from his older brother, the late Nakotah LaRance.

At the age of 18, ShanDien joined Cirque Du Soleil’s “TOTEM” marquee show and traveled the world for eight years.

For future shows, SWAIA and the Santa Fe Playhouse plan to match the performances with a lobby installation by a SWAIA artist.

The shows, hosted by Goiyo Perez, SWAIA’s Performing Arts Coordinator, will also be broadcast live. For more information, click on here.

Portland Native Market

WHEN: Saturday July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OR: 432 NE 74th Ave, Portland, Oregon. As well :

AsdzaaPortlandHand-woven metal pendants and necklaces from Navajo jeweler Asdzaa Olta-LaKota Scott will be available at the Portland Native Market on Saturday, July 24. (Photo / Asdzaa Olta-LaKota Scott)

Portland’s Native Market is a potpourri of art, fashion, accessories, beauty and bath products, and more.

Whether you’re interested in the native goddess-shaped incense burners of Hawai’ian Cherokee Organics, bewitched by bath bombs overflowing with Pikachus and surprise Karabomb puppies, or hypnotized by pendants and earrings in Multicolored woven metal evoking nests and flowers by Navajo Artist Asdzaa Olta, there is a unique, native-made item to suit all tastes and prices.

Purchases, which can be made in person or online, will be complemented by entertainment, including a performance by the Turquoise Pride Drum Group and narration by Ed Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock).

Stamp giving ceremony

WHEN: Friday July 30, 11 a.m.

OR: Walter Soboleff / Sealaska Heritage Institute Building, 155 S. Seward St., Juneau, Alaska. Also: Sealaska Heritage Institute Youtube

RicoTamponA “Raven Story” stamp launch ceremony, designed by artist Tlingit by Rico Lanáat ‘Worl, will take place on Friday, July 30 at the Walter Soboleff Building / Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo / US Postal Service)

Native Alaskan culture puts its seal on the US Postal Service.

The new star-spangled Raven Story stamp, the first USPS stamp designed by a Tlingit artist, will be celebrated at a release ceremony on Friday, July 30, in front of the Walter Soboleff building in Juneau, and on the Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI ), a non-profit organization promoting and perpetuating the art of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples of Southeast Alaska.

The stamp captures the story of Raven, the swindler of Tlingit culture, freeing the sun, and is designed by Tlingit and Athabascan artist, educator, and businessman Rico Lanáat ‘Worl.

Worl is the owner of Trickster Company, which sells artwork, jewelry, housewares, skateboards, basketballs and more, with a modern twist.

He sees the Raven Story stamp as a potential tool to amplify appreciation and recognition of Tlingit culture around the world.

“I really hope people are inspired by the stamp, not just the art itself, but inspired to take it further, even if it’s just a few google searches like “Who are the Tlingit?” “” What is Tlingit art? “” What is the shape line? “I hope it’s a gateway for people to learn,” Worl told Native News Online last December.

Antonio Alcalá, who served as artistic director of the stamp project, explained why it is crucial for the Postal Service to feature a stamp created by an Indigenous artist from Alaska.

“A challenge with portraying Indigenous communities and Indigenous art is that American culture at large imagines them as not progressing… Tlingit culture and its contributions deserve to be featured on a stamp,” said Antonio Alcalá. to Native News Online last December. “Stamps are one of the few ways the United States has to market itself. There is the flag of course, and there is money. But stamps are one of the only other official visual forms of the U.S. government that are circulated across the country and announce to the country and truly to the world that these are the things we find important, precious, and worthy of commemoration.

Raven Story is now available in presale.

Native American Elders Conference

WHEN: Sunday August 1 – Friday August 6

OR: Nugget Resort and Casino, Reno, Nevada;; Register now here

“Resilience for Tomorrow… Together” is the theme of this year’s Native American Elders Conference, presented by the Indian National Council on Aging (NICOA).

The six-day event at the Nugget Resort in Reno, Nevada, includes a health fair, cultural dinners, bingo, fashion show, focus groups, workshops and seminars on topics such as the role tribal leaders in reaffirming the value of elders. In Preserving Tribal Cultures and Native American Veterans: Problems and Concerns as They Age.

Unsilenced: Native Slavery in Southern Colorado

WHEN: Open now. No closing date announced yet.

OR: Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, 29477 route 159, Fort Garland, Colorado.

Not silentPortraits of Juan Carson, a young Navajo enslaved, are featured in the current exhibition Unsilenced: Indigenous Enslavement in Southern Colorado at the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center. (Photo / Colorado Story)

A new installation by artist jetsonorama, aka Chip Thomas, reveals the faces and amplifies the voices of Colorado’s historically ignored enslaved Indigenous people.

Currently on display at History Colorado’s Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in the San Luis Valley, the “Unsilenced: Indigenous Enslavement in Southern Colorado” exhibit combines historical photos of Indigenous captives with images from an 1865 census of Indigenous people. enslaved in present-day Colorado. Day Conejos and Counties of Costilla, to illuminate the experiences of captives, including the young Navajo Juan Carson, and slave owners like the Indian Agent and Colorado’s first lieutenant governor Lafayette Head.

Thomas is particularly qualified to take charge of this project. Photographer, public artist, activist and physician, he has worked on the Navajo Nation since 1987. There he coordinates the Painted Desert Project, a community development project creating a series of murals spanning the Navajo Nation, which reflect respect for the rich history of the tribe. The murals are painted by residents of the reserve and artists from around the world.

“As an African American who has worked in Dinetah for the past 34 years, delving into the history of native slavery has provided an opportunity to relate previously obscured historical events,” Thomas said in a statement. communicated. “Learning the history of Lafayette Head, seeing the remains of her 1850s home in County Conejos – and her family’s slave quarters – resonated deeply, having completed two plantation tours in South Carolina.”

There is not yet an announced closing date for the exhibition, which is a new addition to Colorado Historyis in progress Southern Colorado Borderlands initiative. The initiative centers the Chicano, indigenous and mestizo perspectives through its series of conferences, its memory projects and its exhibitions. The initiative also encourages descendants and community members to share their own stories in workshops.

To participate, contact Eric Carpio, Director of the Community Museum and Director of the Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center in History Colorado at [email protected]

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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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