By Claire Voon – HyperAllergic.com – Images courtesy Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Image: “We Fight For Our Country!” design proposal by Daniel SaSuWeh Jones and Enoch Kelly Haney.
A decades-old plan to honor Native American veterans with a prominent memorial on the National Mall is on its way to becoming a reality. Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) today shared five potential concepts for the permanent monument that will eventually stand on its grounds, designed by artists who responded to an open-to-all, international design competition the museum launched last fall.
By OSU Communications – STWNewspress.com – Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Photo: General Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of the Allied forces in the South Pacific, on an inspection trip of American battle fronts, late 1943. From left: Staff Sergeant Virgil Brown (Pima), First Sergeant Virgil F. Howell (Pawnee), Staff Sergeant Alvin J. Vilcan (Chitimacha), General MacArthur, Sergeant Byron L. Tsingine (Diné [Navajo]), Sergeant Larry Dekin (Diné [Navajo]).
Native Americans have served in every major U.S. military encounter, from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, in higher numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. A 16-panel Smithsonian Institution exhibition titled “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” reveals the remarkable 250-year history of their U.S. military contributions through art, photography and essay. See the exhibit from through March 19 in the south lobby of the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University.
By Melanie Votaw – BroadwayWorld.com – Image Not Credited.
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are presenting their latest concert at Theater for the New City February 2-11, 2018. Directed by Crystal Field, the show incorporates live music, storytelling, and traditional dance in full regalia.
By Rachel Marlowe – Vogue.com – Photo: Courtesy of Charlene Holy Bear.
“Those Vans really reminded me of traditional moccasins,” says Charlene Holy Bear. “Once they were beaded they had this sort of urban Indian vibe so I braided my son’s hair, put on those shoes and he was the coolest little guy at the powwow. People were stopping us to take photos, he made such a splash.” Not long afterward one of those photos made its way onto Pinterest and caught the eye of Amanda Miller, the communications director at PayPal. “She contacted me to see if I would make her a pair and it just kind of grew from there,” says Holy Bear, who showed up on Vans’s radar recently too and was sent a pallet of the classic slip-ons to work with.
By Samantha Incorvaia/The Republic – AZCentral.com – Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic.
Photo: Scott Sinquah performs during the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest on Feb. 12, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Hoop dance, originally part of a healing ceremony, represents cultural traditions from Indigenous communities. And today, they are an artistic expression that’s evolved its designs and footwork to still honor the traditional tribal dances. Competitors are judged on precision, timing and rhythm, showmanship, speed and creativity. They participate in groups divided by age. Men and women compete on an even playing field.