ON THE COVER
Singer, songwriter, musician and
performer Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) possesses a golden voice, a
charming demeanor and a determined work ethic—characteristics that have
carried her to the top of the Native music realm. Photo by Doug
Wonders; clothing by Schenandoah.com; jewelry by Elwood Falcon.
Special Section: Music
Joanne Shenandoah: She Sings
Shenandoah had a promising corporate career lined up but ditched it to
pursue her love of music—thank heavens! By Brian Wright-McLeod
10 Rising Stars
Native American musicians are bursting through creative boundaries, as
we see in this look at 10 bands and musicians spanning styles from
powwow to punk, classical to the blues, sung in languages from English
to Spanish to Mam: Mary Youngblood, Blackfire, Sobrevivencia,
Tara-Louise Montour, Burning Sky, Shadowyze, Pappy Johns Band, Black
Eagle, Red Earth and Lila Downs.
Native Youth Media Project
Native youth of California’s Owens Valley region are getting a shot at
careers in music recording and film production through an exciting
project called the Digital Film and Music Academy, run by industry
pros. By Valerie Taliman (Navajo).
We take up where we left off in the July/Aug. 2003 issue with another
look at apparel being produced and designed by Native American fashion
artisans, which range from traditional Pueblo cotton creations to
stylish leather to elegant couture. Designers included in this go-round
are Kathy Whitman (Mandan/Hidatsa), Pamela Baker (Kwakiutl/Squamish),
Isabel Gonzales (Jemez Pueblo) and Marian Mike (Navajo). Compiled by
Hilary Wallace. Plus, brief biographies and contact details.
The Midwest’s Celebration of Native America: 12th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market
We profile five artists—Tsotawe Billings (Mohawk), Marty Gradolf
(Winnebago), Ed Archie NoiseCat (Salish), Theresa Secord (Penobscot)
and White Swann (Hopi)—whose work won major awards at last year’s
Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market, and provide details on this year’s
gathering in Indianapolis. By Julianna E. Thibodeaux. Photos by R.
Ernest Benally: Best of Show
Navajo jeweler Ernest Benally received the prestigious Best of Show
award at the 2003 Eiteljorg Indian Market—find out why. By Jason
Tecumseh: Panther Crossing the Sky
A brief look at the life of one of America’s most charismatic and
visionary Native leaders from the nation’s heartland of Ohio and
Indiana. By Melanie Gold.
Humble Start to International Acclaim: Heard Museum Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary
The rise of the Heard Museum from a home display area to international
acclaim is chronicled in honor of the Phoenix institution’s 75th
anniversary. By Dana McGuinness.
On the Wind
Technology meets tradition at IAIA; and Sky City Casino hosts Native
music performers under direction of Melissa Sanchez. Plus, other
important news in arts, education, the environment, business, politics,
health and other realms of life in Indian Country. By Daniel Gibson and
Mikaela Crank (Navajo).
We visit the Museum of Man’s annual Indian Fair in San Diego and the
Red Cloud Indian Art Show in South Dakota. Plus, details on other
special events of Native interest across North America. By Daniel
Spirit of the Harvest
Sit down to a delicious curried fiddlehead and carrot soup served in
bannock-bread bowls with Canadian epicurean sensation David Wolfman,
pioneer of “Aboriginal Fusion” cooking. By Beverly Cox and Martin
McGee’s Indian Art Gallery in Keams Canyon, Arizona has been a center
for trade since 1875. Also, brief looks at other Native-oriented
galleries throughout the continent. By Russ Tall Chief (Osage).
The Saint Louis Art Museum presents a rare assembly of more than 100
works in Art of the Osage. Also, previews of other shows at major
museums coast to coast. By Wendy Weston (Diné).
Delve into the depths of the New Zealand book turned international hit film, The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera; and be dazzled by the images in Blanket Weaving in the Southwest, by Joe Ben Wheat. Also, other recently published books of interest. By Debra Utacia Krol (Salinan/Esselen).