Posts with tag: "Project 562"
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

I write to you from my window seat 35k feet above land aboard Alaska Airlines flight 355. I don't know why, but it's always easier to write to you from these seats.I'm heading to the Oakland airport, where I'll catch the Bart to UC Berkeley. Tomorrow morning I'll connect with students and encourage the paradigm shift we so desperately need. I'll discuss native identity with them, I'll share about my adventures and setbacks, and I'll encourage them to be brave, and maybe, hopefully, be inspired. That's the goal of tomorrow morning’s presentation. As of late, there have been so many presentations.  I gave a keynote at the National Indian Education Association, at a highly secretive ...

Beyond Vacationland: the Native American Cape Cod Story
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

Driving just a few hours south and east of Boston, the Project 562 war pony reached the storied shores of Cape Cod, the region of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, iconic in the American scene as an immensely beautiful, exclusive oceanic outpost of the rich and powerful. But the Cape, as it is known, is another place entirely when viewed through the lens of the history and reality of Turtle Island (the Native way of referencing North America). This stunning seaside expanse of elegant private estates comprises the ancestral lands of the Wampanoag people and this tribe is considered a “first contact nation” with whites in North America.   Tribal tribal ...

The Big O...
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

Project 562 was featured in Oprah Magazine! We can’t tell you the joy and pride we felt to flip open the August issue of Oprah magazine see these beautiful photos looking back at us—and to think of the thousands and thousands of people that would be able to see our friends Jessica, Juanita, Josh, and more gracing the pages of the magazine gave us chills. We wanted to share with you the article that accompanied the photos, and provide more in-depth stories about each of the participants pictured in the magazine. Here is a photo of the layout in the magazine (the full article with photos can also be viewed online):  The text reads: Google "Asian ...

Project 562's Summer Update: Crisis and Faith in The Shimmering Waters
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

Hello!So much has happened since my last report in January. The Project 562 "war pony" (actually a nimble and parkable Volkswagen Rialta RV: think of it as the ultimate rolling dorm room) has plied the wide lanes and byways of Interstate 10 across the southern U.S., welcomed into remarkable tribal communities such as The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo in Texas, the Houma in Louisiana, and the Miccosukee and Seminole Tribes of Florida. I've gone on to head up the Atlantic seaboard, with amazing stops with the Choctaw and Eastern Band of Cherokee in North Carolina, and am currently in the Northeast preparing for an extensive trip to Tribal communities throughout New England and Canada. I want to ...

Duncan Family Hoop Dancers
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

 Talon and Sky Duncan, photographed in Phoenix Arizona. Talon and Sky are Apache, Arikara, Mandan and Hidatsa world champion hoop dancers. Check out our recently released Project 562 Road Story featuring Sky and Talon:   I loved having the opportunity to meet the Duncan family. I have so much respect for their  commitment to preserving culture through family dance.

Project 562 Visits Quechan
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

On January 18th 2014, Project 562 joined Quechan leaders and elders in prayerful opposition to the Ocotillo Wind Express Facility, responsible for the desecration of Ocotillo's Sacred Desert. We made a video about it, have a look:  Vernon Smith, Quechan Tribal Member Ila May Dunsweiler, Quechan Language Instructor Preston Arroweed, Quechan/Kumni Tribal Member

Feeling Inspired By These Inspiring Natives
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

The best part about my work is having the opportunity to seek positivity and share that experience with you. I have made a conscious choice to showcase the beauty and positivity of Indian Country. Why? Because I believe that we are the manifestation of our ancestors’ prayers: We survived genocide. We survived relocation.We refuse termination. And we are doing our best to move beyond assimilation and the pressures of extinction.Each new generation takes on the responsibility of carrying forward the work of our ancestors past. We make a choice: Will we forget where we came from? Or will we do our best to protect our sovereignty and elevate our Tribal Nations? I know that ...

Project 562 Road Stories: N'Kwusm Salish Emersion School

Let's Talk about Johnny
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

Recently, I was in Grand Ronde for a Veterans Summit hosted by the Native Wellness Institute. The positivity was radiating, and I felt rejuvenated by the strength and honor permeating the air. Highlights included hearing the Navajo Code Talkers tell their story, meeting Jim Warne from the Warrior Society Development Inc. and sleeping in a tee-pee.But that is not the real purpose of this blog post. While I was at the Summit, I got to spend a few moments with my friends, Martin Sensmier and John Trudell. We had a spicy conversation about The Lone Ranger, Tonto specifically. I want you to know that I have been following this debate for some time now, and I didn’t want to jump on the ...

River. House. Arts = Contemporary Indian Art in Ohio
A Friendly & Wordy Project 562 Catch-Up

Presented by yours truly:Indian Enough: Expressions of Contemporary Indian Identitynow on display until June 10th at the River House Arts Gallery in Perrysburg, Ohio.‎ 419.874.8900 | 115 W Front Street  | Perrysburg, OH 43551​ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________After my kickstarter was funded, I received a magnitude of calls- but none so enthusiastic as the one I received at 6am from Miss Paula Baldoni. Paula is the co-owner of the River House Arts Gallery in Perrysburg, Ohio. After some discussion, we decided to display pieces from my collections: iHuman, We Are One ...