While there is so much I could tell you about this wonderful and powerful woman, I know that the best way to give you the insight into her character and spirit that you deserve as readers is to let her work speak for itself.
Natives hear “Indigenous people can’t use modern tech then” when we protest the religious and cultural bigotry of those who misuse the sacred objects of several hundred separate and unique Indigenous American cultures but that is nothing more than an ignorant lie that hinges on the bigoted myth that Indigenous Americans played no part in tech development when the fact is Natives played a huge part in technology development from day one and we still do today.
I recently had an intriguing conversation with MAD, the artist formerly known as Maleaha Davenport, about the future of her art, collaboration, and her experience reconnecting with her roots and with her ancestors. MAD is a reconnecting multi-media ᏣᎳᎩ artist and poet that is currently undergoing the CNO enrollment process, on top of all things … Read more
Happy New Year (if calendars are your thing, if not Happy Winter)! This month I’m taking a break from writing about art to revisit the first artist I wrote about in this series and explore one of her other passions, writing. If you follow Wapshkankwet/Sarah Perrot on social media and/or her Patreon, then you already know … Read more
This month NTVTWT will begin a monthly exploration of the artists of #NativeTwitter and Instagram, we will cover the work of multiple artists with in-depth coverage of our artist of the month and explore the terms and techniques of Native arts that some of our readers might be less familiar with. NTVTWT has been planning … Read more
In just a few days, our panel “Cultural Appropriation: a fixable cultural crime” will become available at SXSW Online 2021. The conference itself will be digital and our panel will be available to view by attendees on March 16th, from 9:15am to 10:10am CST. “Counting coup” refers to a practice by some tribes and cultures … Read more
This is our third year of proposing Native content and inclusion for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. Until 2018, I don’t recall seeing any Indigenous content from SXSW or by topic in panels. Our first year in 2018 of applying gave us some insight about how little visibility that modern Natives have in … Read more
Cultural Appropriation: are you guilty? Click here to vote now! Last year, a little birdy at SXSW told me that the panel submission of “Playing Indian & Other Racist Nonsense” was too niche of a topic. That thought has echoed with me to this day. Too niche for an immense society with the population of … Read more
Many Natives in the U.S. were not aware that a petition has been put forth that pushes for loosening and changing regulations over who can request and possess feathers and bird parts from protected species, such as eagles. The original Facebook post indicated that the original deadline was July 1st to submit comments. It was … Read more
In mid-July, a severe storm swept through the community of Oglala, South Dakota and other areas of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dozens of houses endured heavy damage to their siding, windows were broken, car windows and windshields were broken. By the time I visited the Rez a couple of weeks later, the devastation was … Read more