A Native rapper brings his people’s past to the present [VIDEO]


Curator: Morgan Shoaff   I had a chance to speak with him about his song “Warpath,” and he laid it all out: “This song is only the beginning but was made to reignite that warrior spirit in our Native men, from generations past,” he said. “I was born in 1982, around the same time hip-hop was becoming established as a

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Photographer Matika Wilbur On Documenting Native America

Matika Wilbur

Photographer Matika Wilbur is a member of the Tulalip Tribe raised on the Swinomish Reservation. Her work explores themes of Native American identity and cultural duality, and has appeared in the Royal British Columbia Museum of Fine Arts, The Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France, the Seattle Art Museum and the Burke Museum. She joins us to talk about her new

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Heart of Decolonization Gathering


Heart of Decolonization A gathering for decolonizing people of diverse backgrounds who are in positions of teaching and inspiring others to decolonize while occupying stolen Native lands still under resistance. SAVE THE (TENTATIVE) DATE! September 4-6, 2015 Independent Lakota Territory Hosted by the Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye (Strong Heart Warrior Society) This unique gathering is intended to bring together a

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Living in two worlds – Native Navajo & White Mormon


by navajo   I am trying to live in two worlds. I was born in Utah. My white father descended from the Mormon pioneers. His grandparents were polygamists. My full-blood Navajo mother — who was taken from her family at age five to be assimilated into white culture at the Tuba City Boarding School — joined the Mormon church in

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


  “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (2007) by American writer Sherman Alexietells the story of Arnold Spirit, a 14-year-old boy from the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington state. He goes to an all-White high school – thus the “part-time Indian” of the title. It won a National Book Award and yet is banned by some schools. It is

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Finding Your American Indian Tribe Using DNA


By robertajestes   If I had a dollar for every time I get asked a flavor of this question, I’d be on a cruise someplace warm instead of writing this in the still-blustery cold winter weather of the northlands! So, I’m going to write the recipe of how to do this.  The process is basically the same whether you’re utilizing Y or

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