Profile of Western Mich. U. Artist of the Month, Isa Kip Mani Win

A profile of Oglala musician and music therapy student Isa Kip Mani Win/Cindy Minkler, here. Excerpt below:

When meeting Isa Kip Mani Win/Cindy Minkler, a music therapy student at Western Michigan University who plays both piano and her distinctive cedar flute, two things become immediately evident: she loves making people laugh and she lives her life to a continual soundtrack. Whether finding inspiration from the soaring coastal mountains of Washington’s west coast, her deep and rich Sioux heritage, or Elton John’s addictive melodies, music’s never-ceasing flow keeps her moving.

Source: Music keeps Western Artist of the Month, Isa Kip Mani Win, moving

Michigan Approves Two Permits for the Aquila Back Forty Mine

There are still two major permits the mine must obtain, including one that may end up requiring federal approval.

Press release here.

Press coverage here.

The press link came via Dylan Miner, who has also put together art work to protest the mine here.

ILPC & TICA Conference Art

We have a habit of getting art for our conference posters (each attendee gets a 18x print of the posters), which we give to each attendee. This year we were lucky enough to get a paining from Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin). Here is her description of the work:

 Two Row Wampum/The Kaswentha

(We Will Follow Our Own Path)

Original sculptural watercolor                                        2014

According to Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) tradition, the Two Row Wampum belt was created in 1613 to record and honor an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch, the first non-Natives to encounter our people. This treaty held three elements, first acknowledging our friendship, second that we will live in peace, and lastly that this treaty will last forever. Each peoples’ ways were symbolized by the purple rows that run the length of the belt. In one row is a ship with our white brothers ways, in the other is a canoe with the Haudenosaunee ways. They are surrounded by white, symbolizing peace. We would each follow our own path or river, side by side, in peace and respecting each other as long as the grass is green, the water runs downhill, as long as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and as long as our Mother Earth will last.


Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Exhibits Andy Warhol Panels “Cowboys and Indians”

From OPB here. An excerpt

The 10 panels and additional material are on loan to Tamastslikt from the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York. Tamastslikt curator Randall Melton says the images are evenly divided among the Cowboys — iconic western figures like General Custer and John Wayne — and Indians — images Warhol obtained from what became the National Museum of the American Indian.

Melton explains, “People kind of give you the ‘Huh? How does that fit into a tribal interpretive center?’ “

He says this show is a departure from the museum’s usual cultural program, but an intentional one. The Tamastslikt show marks the first time these works have travelled. They’re typical of Warhol’s style — photographs, done up in silkscreen, then painted with lots of vibrant color.

Dorothy Cyr, a tribal member who works next door at the Wild Horse Casino, brought her 12-year-old son Zech to see the show.

“It was nice,” the younger Cyr said, strolling amid the panels. “It was really odd the way he uses his art, how he made all the colors.” Dorothy Cyr added, “I think it’s a great opportunity for our tribe to have such works displayed on our reservation.”

New Blog Design

We’ve redesigned the look of Turtle Talk already, and wanted to note that the artwork at the top of the page is part of a larger piece done for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center by Zoey Woods-Salomon. Zoey is an citizen of the Ottawa Nation, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, ON, Canada. Her longer biography is here, which includes links to selected pieces of her work.

In this small strip of the larger work, the three suns represent the People of the Three Fires, and the twelve rays represent the twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan.