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Events: 2005

Readings of Three New Plays Set by Native Voices

December 23, 2005
The release of New Line Cinema's The New World on 12-25-05 will be a little crowded considering that other films showing are Warner's Rumor Has It; Weinstein's Wolf Creek AND The Libertine; Buena Vista's Casanova; Dreamwork's Match Point. Not to mention Weinstein's Hookwinked AND The Matador; Fox's The Ringer; Sony's Cache and Spielberg's Munich which will be released 12-23.

Native Voices at the Autry presents A Continent of Stories, a series of free play readings:

  • The Red Road by Arigon Starr on Friday, Nov. 18, 8pm.
  • Tombs of the Vanishing Indian by Marie Clements on Saturday, Nov. 19, 8 pm.
  • Stone Heart: Everyone Loves a Journey West by Diane Glancy on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 pm.

Admission to all three readings is free. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, call 323-667-2000, ext. 354. It will be held at the Museum of the American West - The Native Voices at the Autry's Equity production of Stone Heart is scheduled for a four-week run at the Autry National Center from February 17 through March 12, 2006, before it begins its national tour.

Raven Stories To Be Staged

November 8th-December 16th, 2005
Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and Director of Outreach Ishmael, Hope, both of Juneau's Perseverance Theatre, will journey across Alaska from November 8th to December 16th, 2005, researching and documenting the stories, cultures, and histories of the Aleut, Alutiiq, Athabascan, Haida, Inupiaq, Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Yupik people for a new theater production, entitiled The Raven Odyssey.


Tribeca Deadline Set

December 16, 2005
Connects brings underrepresented filmmakers and writers together with film
Deadline: December 16, 2005 funders during the Tribeca Film Festival. 30 directors and screenwriters will be selected to participate in one-on-one meetings with key industry players including development executives, agents, grants managers and equity investors. Filmmakers and writers who identify as African American, Asian American, Latino/a, Native American or Pacific Islander are welcome to submit scripts and documentary proposals for consideration. Apply Now! Visit http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org for complete details.

Indian Activist and Popular Author Dies

Vine Deloria Jr. was considered one of the most influential American Indians of his time, authoring more than 20 books, including the best-selling "Custer Died for Your Sins."

Deloria, a retired University of Colorado professor and American Indian activist, died Sunday at age 72.

"He was one of our greatest leaders," said John Echohawk, executive director of the Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund and a longtime friend of Deloria.

For the full article, please click here (Adobe PDF File)

Haskell Film Fest

December 2-3, 2005
The Stories-N-Motion Film Club here at Haskell Indian Nations University will host it's 2nd Stories-N-Motion Film Festival on the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, 2005. We are currently seeking submissions and the submission form or just information on the film festival in general can be found on our website: www.stories-n-motion.com/.

The first one was very successful, selling out a 500 seat venue on opening night and we anticipate the second one to be even bigger.

Seattle Puppet Play Features Raven Story

November 20, 2005
As winter sets in and it seems as if it's dark most of the time, the story of "Raven & the Box of Daylight" seems especially appropriate. Produced by Carter Family Marionettes at the Northwest Puppet Center, in collaboration with Nuu-chah-nulth artist George David, "Raven" tells the story of a greedy Native American chief who steals the sun and keeps it inside a box.

"As they say in the story, life was very difficult to do your chores and get through life without the sun," explains co-director Chris Carter.

Please click here for more information (Adobe PDF Document)

One-Man Play Runs in Los Angeles Through November 19th

Enlightening, witty, energetic and poignant are what I can described in seeing Robert's Greygrass' plays. Well, there's not much time left -- the run ends Nov. 19 in Noho. Invite your students, young people and of course, your friends. The LA Weekly has indicated it's a "GO" to see his works.


The American Indigenous Epiphany Presents:

Theatre Unlimited
10943 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91020
Reservations: 323-960-7782 or http://www.plays411.com/ndn

Film Fests

AFI Fest 2005 - Hollywood November 3-13
Link: http://www.afi.com/onscreen/afifest/2005/

8th Annual Native American Film Festival, Columbia SC
Link: http://www.nickelodeon.org

30th Annual American Indian Film Institute Festival November 5-12, 2005
Link: http://www.aifisf.com/filmfestival.htm

Native American Women in Western Films
Link: http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/

Native Peoples and the New World Study Group/Seminar

As part of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the Early Modern Studies Institute, the Native Peoples and the New World study group/seminar has been formed to provide an arena for the broad discussion of topics related to Native American history and culture. We hope to include participants from representative disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, law, and environmental studies. Quarterly meetings will vary in topic, ranging from pre-contact to the present, as well as in format, to include guest speakers, discussion of papers, journal articles and books, and symposia, in addition to presentations on the rich availability of research resources from throughout southern California.

If you are interested in being listed as a participant please reply and include any additional contact information. Another email will follow shortly regarding the date and time of our first meeting -- to be held on a Saturday, likely in early September.

website: http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/huntington/working_groups/

Sixth Native American Symposium

November 10-12, 2005
Call For Papers: Abstracts are invited for the Sixth Native American Symposium to be held November 10-12, 2005 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. Our featured speakers this year will be Buffy Sainte-Marie and Winona LaDuke. The symposium's theme is Native Women in the Arts, Education, and Leadership, but papers and presentations welcome on all Native American topics and issues, including history, literature, autobiography, film, cultural studies, education, religion, politics, the social sciences, and fine arts. Send one-page abstracts by June 15, 2005 in either hard-copy or electronic form to Dr. Mark B. Spencer, Department of English, Humanities, and Languages, Box 4121, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK 74701-0609, mspencer@sosu.edu

A.M. Josephy Jr., 90; Chronicler of the West, Native American Saga

Alvin M. Josephy Jr., journalist and historian who chronicled the saga of American Indians and the West, has died. He was 90.

Josephy, who was the founding board chairman of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, died Sunday at his home in Greenwich, Conn., of undisclosed causes. Josephy, who had long been irked that the story of the Meriwether Lewis and William Clark expedition had never been told from the viewpoint of the Indians, most recently edited an anthology, "Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes." The book is scheduled for publication next year by Knopf, the publishing house founded by his maternal uncle, Alfred A. Knopf. More info: http://www.indystar.com/

Spiderwoman Theatre

May 21-September 04, 2005
Spiderwoman Theatre will be opening a career retrospective in May, as part of the "New Tribe, New York" exhibit at the New York site of the National Museum >of the American Indian.

For more information, go to: http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/newtribe/
Click on the words "New Tribe New York" to enter the site.

RED EAGLE SOARING - Summer workshop for teens starts August 15 in Seattle

August 15th-26th, 2005
New students especially welcome! We need Native teens who love to perform, (or who are shy and hate to perform), who keep journals and write all the time, who are visual artists and love to paint, who are musicians or dancers. You can share your skills and learn new ones, and help put together a great show for family friends and community

Come join us for our exciting two-week summer workshop for Native teens age 13 - 19 at Daybreak Star. August 15th through 26th with a performance on the 26th.

We also need volunteers, and car-pool drivers, and food contributions, so let us know how you can help!

Send in the registration form right away, or send it back by e-mail. Call with questions 206-323-1868. Click here for the registration form and brochure (PDF Documents).


May 21-22, 2005
Please join us at the 20th Annual UCLA POW WOW at the UCLA north Athletic Field. All drums and dancers welcome. Drum and dance contest. Dance registration opens Saturday at 9am. Bring your own set-up.

Head Staff: Northen Drum - Stoney Creek Singers (Hollister, NC), Souther Drum - Sizzortail (Shawnee, OK), Arena Director - James Red Eage (Sioux/Assiniboine), Master of Ceremonies - Randy Edmonds (Kiowa/Caddo), Head Woman - Ruth Bayhylle (Pawnee/Choctaw), Head Man - Phil Hale (Navajo), Head Judge - Lambert Yazzie (Navajo), Color Guard - Golden State Gourd Society, Head Gourd - TBA

Saturday, Gourd Dancing at 11am; Grand Entry at 1pm & 7pm; Sunday, Gourd Dancing at Noon, Grand Entry at 1pm. FREE Admission/Open to the Public; Parking in Lot 4 for $7. For more information, please contact the UCLA POW WOW Committee, powwow@ucla.edu, 3201 Campbell Hall, Box 951548, Los Angeles, CA 90096-1548 (website: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/americanindian)

The Buz'Gem Blues

May 13, 2005
American regional premiere of romantic comedy from Canadian Native writer Trinity Repertory Company is proud to present The Buz'Gem Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor, May 13th through June 19th. Kennetch Charlette , artistic director of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, will direct. Tickets are on sale at the Trinity Rep box office, (401) 351-4242 and online at www.trinityrep.com . Critics are invited to review on Press Night on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00PM. For more information, please click here

Red Eagle Soaring Youth Theatre Program - Spring Performance Project

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
Discovery Park, Seattle

Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30, 7:30pm

Accessible to the handicapped (please call for special needs). ASL interpretation a possibility (please inquire at TTY 425-467-5748).

Made possible with funding and in-kind support from United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle Department of Human Services, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Charity Fund, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, the Seattle Indian Health Board, and the American Indian Women's Service League

For more information, call 206-323-1868.

Calling From The Smoke

April 12-13, 2005
The Thunderbird Theatre presents Calling From The Smoke by Bruce King at 8:00 p.m. Lawrence Arts Center.

"CALLING FROM THE SMOKE" is a comedy written for the Thunderbird Theatre by Oneida playwright and theatre artist Bruce King. Performances begin at 8:00 pm each evening at the Lawrence Arts Center. General admission is $10.00; Seniors are $8.00; Students are $6.00.

In " CALLING FROM THE SMOKE ," the Henhawk family must come to terms with the illusions of the dreams that separate them from their family, community, and history. Nano Bush, a traditional trickster figure from the Northeast calls the family together to present his idea for the next Hollywood blockbuster. Drawn by the allure of "easy money" as a means to happiness, Nano Bush pitches his inspired drama; however, as with many of Nano Bush plans, things don't always turn out as expected.

The play is produced by the Thunderbird Theatre of Haskell Indian Nations University in cooperation with the Lawrence Arts Center, and funded, in part, by a FIPSE grant through Project HOOP, an organization of American Indian theatre professionals and educators based at UCLA.

Questions? Call the Thunderbird Theatre, 749-8433.

Stories-N-Motion Film Club at Haskell Indian Nations University

April 8-10, 2005
The Stories-N-Motion Film Club at Haskell Indian Nations University will be hosting it's first film festival on April 8-10, 2005. All the details of the film festival and how to contact them can be found on their new updated website: www.stories-n-motion.com

KU theater retells Greek tragedy from mom's point of view

By Mindie Paget , Journal-World Arts Editor Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Lots of people know the strange, tragic tale of Oedipus. The ill-fated King of Thebes unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother, who bears two of his children. Ouch. You can imagine how painful the realization must have been for everyone involved.

For the full article, please click here to download the PDF.

Performing "Heritage" - Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices

March 11-20 , 2005
Since 2000, our Encuentros have been a meeting place for artists, scholars, students, and activists investigating the relation between performance and politics in the Americas. Gathering roughly 300 participants, each Encuentro is part academic conference, part performance festival, part workshop series, and wholly interdisciplinary: it is a concentrated space of experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration, featuring lectures, performances, installations, roundtable discussions, exhibits, video screenings, work groups, and hands-on performance workshops. This next Encuentro on Performing Heritage will explore the production and circulation of notions of identity, traditions, authenticity, rights, cultural access and ownership in the age of globalization. These issues will be clustered under three large umbrella topics that will conceptually frame the keynotes, roundtables, performances, and work groups: 1) Intangible Heritage (the many embodied practices that define a sense of communal or national identity); 2) Cultural Agents (the many ways in which the arts make an intervention in social/political life), and 3) Arts and Markets (the circulation of arts through mass media, scholarship, government venues, etc…). For more details, see the conference website at: http://www.hemisphericinstitute.org/eng/seminar/brazil2005/

Yearning to be heard

Native Voices, a theater initiative at the Autry center, aims to present Native American perspectives. Up next: a reworked classic. By Lynne Heffley/L.A. Times Staff Writer, March 04, 2005

Opening today, "Kino and Teresa" marks the fifth anniversary of Native Voices, the [Autry]'s resident theater initiative, designed to develop and present plays by and about Native Americans. It will be the program's largest professional production since its 2000 launch at the Autry, seeded with a $13,000 grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

For the full article, please click here to download the PDF.

'Thousand Roads': Paved With Good Intentions

By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 12, 2005; Page C02

The National Museum of the American Indian has produced a slick, high-end short film to play in its stateof- the-art auditorium. And from the looks of the 43-minute movie's pedigree and production values, it has spared no expense. "A Thousand Roads," which loosely connects a series of vignettes of Native life, not only looks great but hews faithfully to the museum's overarching ethos of celebrating the contemporary Native experience throughout the Western Hemisphere.

For the full article, please click here to download the PDF.

Better -n- Indins

January 26-February 26 , 2005
Perishable Theatre presents Better -n- Indins by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. Directed by Bob Jaffe. "It is now 8:00pm. Are you sure the person sitting next to you is not Native?" Perishable Theatre, 95 Empire St., Downtown Providence, RI.

Tribal leader Miller, 60, shared spirit by teaching

By Lynda V. Mapes lmapes@seattletimes.com
Seattle Times staff reporter

Bruce Miller nurtured Salish art and culture.

They began gathering Saturday, and they will keep coming each day, more and more, from all over the country, to honor Bruce Miller, a Skokomish spiritual leader whose teaching nourished a Salish renaissance of art and culture in the Northwest and beyond.

Mr. Miller died of a stroke Saturday at age 60.

Yesterday morning, family, friends and admirers kept arriving from around the country and the region to share songs, prayers, memories and stories of the man who dedicated his life to learning and passing on the gifts of his ancestors' knowledge and artistic skills.

For the full article, please click here to download the PDF.

The State of Native Cinema

Writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian. As a writer, he has published numerous books of poetry, novels, and short stories. In collabration with Chris Eyre, he adapted his short story That is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona into the film Smoke Signals. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and son.

For more information, click here to download the PDF file of the article from the Daily Insider's coverage of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival on January 29, 2005 by Sherman Alexie.