'Zitkala-Ša, a Yankton Sioux Native American woman who made her mark as a champion of Native American rights and as an accomplished author and musician. She and her husband, Raymond Bonnin, founded the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to advocate for full citizenship rights for Native Americans.’
Police in Manitoba seek information on two missing Native sisters
Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, are seeking information about two Native sisters who went missing last week.
Mary-Anne Hudson, 12, and Nakita Hudson, 14, were last seen on August 26. Police say they were known to frequent Winnipeg’s North End and shopping malls in downtown Winnipeg and Polo Park.
Native Oklahoman, Vietnam veteran, sculptor, musician, author, activist. Each of those describes the legendary actor Wes Studi. http://bit.ly/VQRbu2
Ken Mowatt ~ Gitksan
Ken’s crest is Frog. He works in diverse art forms including: limited edition prints, original paintings in oils, drums, and the carving of jewellery and cedar poles, masks, rattles, sculptures. He is a master carver who began his career at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Design in 1970 where he also has taught. He also studied jewellery making with Jack Leyland in 1975, and watercolour painting with Ron Burleigh in 1978. In 2004, Ken was asked to illustrate the children’s book ‘Returning the Feathers’, which is based on five famous Gitksan legends.
Aaron Nelson-Moody ~ Coast Salish
Aaron has been working as an artist since 1998, and he has travelled throughout Canada, Scotland and Japan sharing his Squamish heritage. He helped carve the Canada House doors for the 2006 Torino Olympics, and he has also worked for Adbusters Magazine as a contributing writer and photographer. He is actively involved in storytelling and dancing as well, both within and without his community.
Daved Neel ~ Kwakwaka’wakw
David’s crests are Thunderbird and Killerwhale. He comes from a family that is rich in history and artistic skill. His father is Dave Neel Sr, his great uncle is acclaimed artist Mungo Martin, his great-great-great grandfather is Charlie James and his grandmother is artist Ellen Neel. His widely exhibited work includes: jewellery, masks, drums, poles, original paintings, limited edition prints, glass etching, regalia, and photos (appearing in several magazines).
Fun Facts About Buffalo Jumps
A buffalo jump is a cliff that Native Americans used to kill plains bison. Rather than painstakingly hunting each bison that was needed to feed the tribe, the Native Americans would drive herds of bison off the cliff for mass killings. Once the bison had run off the cliff, tribe members would wait below to begin collecting the animals for their meat, skin and fur. To modern people this may seem wasteful or cruel, but it was the most efficient way to feed the tribe, and if bison were hunted individually, they would learn to avoid humans, making hunting all the more harder.
Susan Point ~ Coast Salish
Although primarily self-taught, Susan has received training in wood carving from master carver, John Livingston. She also completed a jewellery course at Vancouver Community College with Jack Leyland. In 1981, she began to study and work in Salish art, especially with jewellery and small sculptures.