WENDY RED STAR’S WILD WEST
& CONGRESS OF ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD
Bumbershoot 2014 - Fisher Pavilion
August 30th - September 1st, 2014
It’s live, it’s wild, it’s the real Wild West. Featuring eleven of the top Native American and First Nations artists and performers, plus 100 horses, buffalo and longhorn steers. Come delight in seeing the most cutting edge contemporary Native American art and artists
The intention of Wendy Red Star’s Wild West And Congress of Rough Riders of The World is to showcase contemporary Native American art and artist through their eyes and perspective. Since Seattle Center was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it brought to mind the complicated history of World Fairs, expositions, and the famous Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in regard to indigenous peoples. In these venues, Native peoples were publicly exhibited, as a main attraction and entertainment for millions. They were usually presented in so-called “natural” or “primitive” state, in dioramas, or even in cages. They were enthusiastically paraded as lower on the scale of evolutionary progress, and represented the counterbalance to dominate Western European civilization. On behalf of my great grandparents who participated in Buffalo Bill’s West, my grandparents who participated in or watched the St. Louis World’s Fair (1904) and the Chicago World’s Fair (1933), I want to produce my own Wild West show. Not in the literal sense, but in the sense that the participants (the Rough Riders of the World: Native American contemporary artists) will be allowed to take back ownership of Native American representations. Native American artists will have a chance to produce, present and disseminate their culture and own nativeness. The artists’ works included in this exhibition demonstrate a thriving and diverse spectrum of Native American identity in the 21st century. They are the rough riders who shatter many of the stereotypical notions placed upon Native Americans.
Join curator and artist Wendy Red Star for this exciting exhibition at Bumbershoot 2014. Red Star is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Red Star has an MFA from UCLA and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
*Poster designed by: Demian Diné Yazhi’
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August 29 2014
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by Demian DinéYazhi’
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May 16 2014
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The road leading into Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Source: untrustyou, via kiddings)
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May 11 2014
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Demian Diné Yazhi’
For Yoko Ono (Instagram), 2014
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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.
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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.
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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.
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February 18 2014
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Printable poster. Measures 24” x 36” // 300 dpi.
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January 8 2014
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