NEWSLETTER | June 30, 2015

The 1960's had a great impact on me

Healing our communities

By Tara Lulani Arquette

In my lifetime, I have not seen this level of racial discrimination and hatred in our country since the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  As a very young girl, too innocent to understand what was going on, but intuitive enough to know that something very wrong was happening, I remember seeing on national television these horrific images of police dogs and fire hoses turned on the demonstrators in Birmingham, the violence at the Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the burning neighborhoods of the Watts riots in Los Angeles.  These images from Alabama and California flashed on TV screens across our nation and stayed with me for a long time.

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Regional Fellowship Call

Applications accepted through June 30, 2015 at 5pm Pacific Time.

This fellowship is for American Indian artists who are creating powerful new visual or traditional arts. Eligible artists reside in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin and are enrolled members of Native Nations located in these states.  Read more.

Catch this Rising Star

For Delina White, it all began with a love of beads . . .

"I learned to string and sew glass beads at the early age of six, under the watchful eye of my grandmother who was a master beadwork artist," NACF Regional Fellow Delina White (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) told us recently.  "This is where the love for manidoominens (mun-ee-doo-min-ace), the Anishinaabe word for beads – meaning “little spirits” – first captured my heart.  I am a traditional Anishinaabe woodland floral design textile artist and I work with the same materials that were made available through trading with the first European contact in the Great Lakes area." 
Read more about how support from NACF and our donors and funders is helping Delina maintain the integrity of her artwork and a connection to her Anishinaabe ancestors. Catch this Rising Star . . . 

One Hand Full of Earth

For Jennifer Stevens, learning the techniques of hand-building Oneida pottery has created opportunity . . .

"Oneida pottery has become a major part of my life" the Iroquois-Six Nations potter recently told us.  "After European contact and by the 1700’s, Oneida pottery was no longer needed – the pottery was replaced by metal kettles through trading and eventually went into extinction", she continued.  "It wasn’t until the 1960’s when three potters were inspired to research our Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) pottery – this was the start of its revitalization."
Learning the techniques of hand-building Oneida pottery has given Jennifer the opportunity to learn about her Oneida culture, and the ability to reinforce her Oneida history, philosophy, and culture by teaching this ancient art form to Oneida children in hopes they may pass it on to future generations.

Read more about how support from NACF and our donors and funders is helping Jennifer research pottery artifacts and continue to teach.  From One Hand Full of Earth to Creation . . .

Ga ni tha

Bringing a Native Perspective to the Venice Biennale . . .

Would you jump at the chance to attend the Venice Biennale? When our friend Nancy Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) came to us with the idea of Ga ni tha and bringing Native artists to the famed international art exhibition, including two of our Native Hawaiian National Fellows, Kapulani Landgraf and Kaili Chun, NACF thought it was a good opportunity. Chun and Landgraf presented the lecture Ku? Ma?kua to a Venetian audience. This event was part of the exhibition initiative Ga ni tha (May 6-11 at We Crociferi, Campo dei Gesuiti) featuring photographer Keli Mashburn, video artist Marcella Ernest and Maria Hupfield presenting the performance Jiimaan.  Ms. Mithlo has been organizing efforts for many years to provide a venue at the Venice Bienalle for Native artists to present their work.  Read the HuffPost Hawaii blog about Kapu and Kaili’s thoughts on the importance of this opportunity and their symposium, and listen to the interview with Kaili on Hawaii Public Radio.  Read the HuffPost Hawaii blog about Kapu and Kaili's thoughts on the importance of this opportunity and their Ku Makua symposium, and listen to the interview with Kaili on Hawaii Public Radio.
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