by Demian DinéYazhi’
Introducing my first poetry zine, Young Lions. Ripped straight from my memory, scanned, & treated with Tender Loving Care. Includes 24 pages of original poetry, photography, & digital images created for your reading pleasure. 4.75” x 7” - colour zine. Limited edition of 100. Each copy is signed and numbered by the artist.
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12:27 pm |
May 16 2014
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The road leading into Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Source: untrustyou, via kiddings)
1:34 am |
May 11 2014
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Demian Diné Yazhi’
For Yoko Ono (Instagram), 2014
4:51 pm |
April 21 2014
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“In the summer of 2012 I drove across the United States of America and aimed to photograph this country from an indigenous, queer perspective. It is part of a Work in Progress titled TRANSPLANT///.At one point I pulled over on the side of a stretch road in South Dakota to observe a thunderstorm. After taking a few photographs, I continued to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—the ancestral lands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota. I checked into a room at the tribal casino and in the morning when I awoke I spoke with a local Native woman at the front desk. We shared a brief and sweet interaction that involved much laughter. As we parted ways I reached into my bag and handed her a book of poetry by Joy Harjo. It was from her milestone published work, She Had Some Horses.
I had just finished driving over 7,500 miles and Joy accompanied me along the way. I picked up a copy of Crazy Brave at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. and savored each page from Portland, ME to Providence, RI to New York City, and finished it en route to Detroit, MI. I keep two copies of She Had Some Horses at all times. One is my personal copy, and the other is meant to be given away at another chance encounter. “
-Demian Diné Yazhi
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) is honored to welcome celebrated author, activist, and musician Joy Harjo, who will deliver the 2014 Alfred Edelman Lecture on Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 pm.
Harjo’s lecture is part of Illuminations, a city-wide event series celebrating Native arts and cultures centered around This is Not a Silent Movie at Museum of Contemporary Craft.
About Joy Harjo:
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. She just published her memoir, Crazy Brave, detailing her journey to becoming a poet.
Harjo’s seven books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses have garnered many awards. These include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2009 For A Girl Becoming was published.
She has released four award-winning CD’s of original music and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for Winding Through the Milky Way. Her most recent CD release is a traditional flute album: Red Dreams, a Trail Beyond Tears. She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics.
She also performs her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light,which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with recent performances at the Public Theater in NYC and LaJolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry. She has received a Rasmusson: US Artists Fellowship and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Mvskoke Nation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
12:12 am |
March 11 2014
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On December 28th, 1890, Maj. Samuel M. Whitside’s battalion of the 7th Calvary intercepted the Lakota. Ill with pneumonia, Unpan Glešká (“Spotted Elk”) and his band surrendered peacefully before being taken into custody by the 7th Calvary and escorted to a campsite near Wounded Knee Creek, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
The night before the massacre, Col. James W. Forsyth arrived at Wounded Knee Creek and ordered his men to position four Hotchkiss cannons around the area in which the Lakota had been forced to camp.
On the morning of 29 December 1890, Forsyth’s soldiers entered the camp and demanded that the Lakota give up their weapons. In the ensuing confrontation, a firearm was discharged. It was later believed to have been by a deaf man, Black Coyote, who presumably did not hear the command to put down his rifle. A large gun fight quickly ensued. The US forces killed over 153 Lakota, mostly non-combatants (women and children); Spotted Elk was among those slain.
This is the treatment Indigenous peoples of this continent faced through atrocities committed by the United States army, politicians, settlers, pioneers, and with approval by the president of the U.S. These are the effects of colonization and genocide that predate any history book and committed in the name of Manifest Destiny, religious freedom, democracy, and independence.
NEVER FORGET WOUNDED KNEE.
NEVER FORGET THE TRAIL OF TEARS
NEVER FORGET THE LONG WALK OF THE NAVAJO.
NEVER FORGET THAT WE HAVE SURVIVED AND WALK AMONG YOU.
NEVER FORGET WE ARE STILL PASSIONATE, INTELLIGENT, RESILIENT, AND READY TO TAKE CARE OF THE LAND, WATER, SKY & EARTH.
8:14 pm |
February 28 2014
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Society6 is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders worldwide until Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. I thought it would be a fine time to throw something else up:
Featuring limited edition R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment Native designs.
Inspired by Native american patterns—resembling geometric patterns—these designs pop up on the cultural landscape of Indigenous Native american tribes throughout Turtle Island.
This pattern was inspired by the Indigenous Mi’kmaq warrior/activist Anna Mae Aquash Pictou (March 27, 1945 – December 1975). Anna Mae dedicated her life to Native american rights, awareness & resistance. She was also a prominent figure in the American Indian Movement (AIM).
All proceeds will go toward future exhibitions and manifestations for the warrior/artist/activist collective, R.I.S.E.
2:05 pm |
February 18 2014
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Printable poster. Measures 24” x 36” // 300 dpi.
5:55 pm |
January 8 2014
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BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex opened in Portland, OR last nite @ Pacific Northwest College of Art.
This is a show about language & endurance, validation & resistance, and a much-needed conversation in a city that is predominantly white; more importantly though, in an institution that lacks culturally diverse perspectives in art production and history making. In the four years I attended PNCA, there hadn’t been an exhibition dedicated to the Indigenous peoples of this continent. Neither has there been a course dedicated to Indigenous art, history, writing, lived experience, or otherwise. I was told that sometimes “we” (I took this as people with a history of being oppressed by the dominant culture) need to bring water to a village in need. I don’t think that way. And I hope this show brought on the rain.
Thanks to all the artists and to all the hands that labored away over the last few days. There was a lot of laughter and good music and it was so magical.
The show will run from December 05th - 28th, 2013. If you happen to be in the Portland area, please come see the work of these phenomenal artists and warriors!
2:17 pm |
December 6 2013
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Come listen to me speak words about BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE at my BFA thesis defense.
December 5th, 2013 / 9:30 - 11:00 AM.
PNCA | 1241 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR 97209
BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex is a Native north american art exhibition that celebrates contemporary Indigenous art production on and off the imaginary boundaries of modern day Indian Reservations.
If you can’t make it to the oral defense, please come to the exhibition/gallery opening later on that evening from 6 - 8 PM.
7:55 pm |
November 25 2013
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