By Tamara Ikenberg
This weekend and next week, Indian Country is full of unmissable events combining modernity and tradition.
Your choices include seeing a supplier of daring Pueblo pottery working its magic, feeling the uplifting musical messages of a hip hop hero in a headdress, or absorbing the artistic expressions of California artists reclaiming their natural and cultural ties to the Golden. State.
Take a moment to review Native News Online’s guide to events to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Forest Potawatomi Keno Ma Ge Wen County Pow Wow
WHEN: Friday August 6, grand admission 7 p.m., Saturday August 7, grand admission 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday August 8, grand admission 12 p.m.
O: Ka Kew Se Gathering Ground, Carter, WI; Powwows.com event page
A woodland wonderland of a celebration, the 27th Annual Forest County Potawatomi Meno Keno Ma Ge Wen Wow Pow Wow will be an exciting three-day exhibition of dancing, drumming and singing.
The Woodland World Championship Special is a highlight of the Powwow, which will be hosted by MC Vince Beyl (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), and also features competitions, including a Bells Only Special, a Men-to-Women Side Step Special, a Head Veteran Special, and a Hand Drum Competition.
The main dancers of the Powwow are Iliana Montoya (Saginaw Chippewa) and Marquel Crawford (Ojibwe / Dakota).
The rhythm will continue throughout the Powwow, with drum groups including the host drum Young spiritual singers, drum co-host Fire Nation Singers, and guest drums Smokey Town Singers, Midnite Express Singers, WhiteTail Boyz, Red willow singers and Bad river singers.
Supaman Live at the Eiteljorg Museum
WHEN: Saturday August 7 at 3 p.m. PDT
OR: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN. Tickets cost $ 20. To buy here.
With its power to blend Indigenous culture, comedy and hip-hop into messages of hope, pride and resilience, ApsÃ¡look Artist Christian Takes Gun Parrish has transformed into Supaman.
The rapper, dancer, activist and viral social media sensation who resides in the Montana Raven Reserve and recently released the album Medication pack, will take the stage at the Eiteljorg Museum this Saturday for one of his invigorating performances.
Supaman’s performance is part of the exhibition The Eiteljorg Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art, which explores expressions of Indigenous humor in all its incarnations and shows how essential it is to examine the challenges of life with lightness for Native American culture and endurance.
Native Pottery Demonstration Series with Jeff Suina
WHEN: Wednesday, August 11 at 9 a.m. PDT
O: Zoom Indian Arts and Culture Museum; Register now here
The work of Cochiti Pueblo artist Jeff Suina is the poetry of pottery in motion.
His fluid, geometric interpretations of traditional Pueblo pottery seem able to change shape at any moment, revealing a portal to another world of art.
Suina’s crystals, clouds, plant life, sci-fi, quantum mechanics, and 3D animation and digital design skills all play into his pottery, which he shapes into whimsical and seemingly bendable shapes from origami birds about to take flight, looking like enchanting Chinese take out boxes
Next Wednesday, Suina, who also creates more traditional Cochiti pottery, will offer a glimpse into her mind and process at the Native Pottery Demonstration Series, hosted by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
âI’m planning on doing a geometric piece because it seems to be getting a lot of attention these days,â Suina, who is also the creative director of civil engineering firm Bohannon Huston, told Native News Online. “I’m taking it in a ball of wet clay and I’m going to build it from scratch.”
Observers will not be the only ones surprised by the result.
âWhen I create these geometric pieces, I don’t even know what they’re going to become,â said Suina. “I just start with a base and it kind of takes on a life of its own.”
When I Remember I See Red: Native American Art and Activism in California
WHEN: Until Sunday November 14
OR: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, California
For Frank LaPena, artist and scholar of Nomtipom Wintu, who defines generation, the connection between Indigenous art and survival was not an abstract notion.
“I believe art is a response to prevent the void that the loss of culture or the indifference of society will impose,” reads a quote from LaPena, art writer, curator, poet and university professor of Sacramento State, on the Autry Museum of the American West website. âWe are still alive. “
This philosophy permeates the current Autry Museum exhibition When I Remember That I See Red, designed by LaPena, who died in 2019.
Showcasing the work of LaPena and a host of Native American artists expressing their resistance and renewal, the exhibition focuses on the experiences of the Indigenous peoples of Callifornia and explores identity, interdependence, inspiration and genocide. .
Dedicated to LaPena, When I Remember I See Red, includes a section devoted to his art, titled âThe World is a Gift: Remembering Frank LaPenaâ. The work presented ranges from haunting to majestic. The “History of California Indians” lithograph set depicts natives with sewn-on mouths and superimposed text on the massacres, while “North Mountain” is a glorious and mystical landscape of Mount Shasta, drawing attention to the crucial relationship and ancient among the indigenous peoples of California have with the landmark.
Other featured artists include photographer Chemehuevi Cara Romero, whose portrait of the modern woman Northern Chumash “Naomi,” against a shocking bright pink background, resonates with force and elegance the native insignia and symbols of California and the artist Cahuilla Gerald Clarke Jr., whose large-scale piece “Continuum Basket,” constructed from hundreds of crushed soda and beer cans, is a commentary on the scourge of diabetes and alcoholism in Indigenous communities brought on by colonization.
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