October 13, 1994 |
The singers have done Gregorian chants, and early American choral pieces, Hanukah pieces and works for Epiphany, but despite their varied repertoire, nothing prepared the members of Voces Novae Et Antiquae choral ensemble for the concert they'll perform Sunday at Haverford College. "Native Visions" will premiere the work of several contemporary Native Americans written in the style of their native traditions. A similar collection of work in the native tradition has never been tried in the Philadelphia area.
May 16, 1995 |
THE OWL'S SONG Janet Campbell Hale (HarperPerennial / $11) Most Americans today have at least a vague understanding of how 300 years of slavery has left ripples that can still be felt by African-Americans. But the forced imprisonment of Native Americans on reservations for almost as long has largely been forgotten and its impact not nearly as well understood. Though their numbers have dwindled tremendously, Native American tribes have endured with strong traditions and rituals.
April 10, 1992 |
If you ask Suzan Shown Harjo, Christopher Columbus was a jerk. The executive director of Morning Star Foundation doesn't care what Andy Rooney, the Sons of Italy or any textbook has to say about the celebrated sailor who 500 years ago landed three ships on a sandy coralline island in the Caribbean. The man, she says, doesn't deserve to be honored. "Columbus personally chopped off native people's ears and noses and feet and instructed his people to do the same as an example to other native people to fill thimbles full of gold, so we're not talking about the stuff of heroes here," said Shown Harjo, a Cheyenne/Muscogee Indian.
March 20, 2015 |
Talon Bazille Ducheneaux, 22, sits in a conference room at the University of Pennsylvania's Greenfield Intercultural Center. Born and raised in South Dakota, he identifies as Lakota and Dakota. He remembers that, in his boyhood classrooms, "they start indigenous history at 1492. " But Ducheneaux is writing his full history, in rap. On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (which, fittingly enough, was built on Lenape land) will present "Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop New Music with a Distinctly Native Beat.
September 24, 1999 |
SPIRIT - A JOURNEY IN DANCE DRUMS AND SONG. Merriam Theater, Broad & Spruce streets. Sept. 28-Oct. 3. Tickets: $19.50-$55. 215-732-5446. Although it's been compared to "Stomp" and "Riverdance," closer inspection reveals that the celebration called "Spirit - A Journey in Dance, Drums and Song" is less about cultural exchange and more about universal truth. The stunning, multimedia, multidisciplinary, multicultural production takes up residence at the Merriam Theater beginning Tuesday and continuing through Oct. 3. Featuring more than 50 performers, the show is a melding of many things: Broadway-style choreography and Native American, modern, traditional and fancy dance, city chic and full tribal regalia, contemporary rock and tribal chants, electronic instrumentation and ancient music traditions.
December 2, 2005 |
Set in Utah's majestic Wasatch range, Christmas in the Clouds is a holiday charmer involving mistaken identity, Native American enterprise, and critter-free gourmet cookery. Much of the action takes place at the Sundance Resort, hands down the most photogenic of the film's breathtakingly lovely players. From storytelling traditions to bingo night, Kate Montgomery's film visits Native American folkways with fresh eyes and much affection. Her movie, spectacularly shot by cinematographer Steven Bernstein (Like Water for Chocolate)
August 27, 2010 |
Mabel Agnes Jones was proud of her Native American heritage. Her father, Chief Little Bison, was a rodeo rider. His father was Chief Big Foot, a Sioux tribal leader who was killed at the notorious Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. But Mabel was a true Philadelphian. She was born in the city, worked for 20 years for Children's Hospital, and was active in her church. She died Aug. 19 at the age of 100. She was living in Yeadon, but had lived for years in South Philadelphia. She was born to Chief Little Bison, a Lakota Sioux who also was known as Thomas Chapin Pollock, and Sadie Hicks Pollock.
October 15, 1993 |
When the European exploration and exploitation of the New World began five centuries ago, it ushered in a long and bloody struggle between white men and Native Americans that supposedly pitted civilization against savagery and ignorance. Harry Rasky's compelling The War Against the Indians leaves no doubt about who the real barbarians were. The historical view, taught by skewed textbooks and reinforced by countless westerns, that the settlement of North America represented the transformation of an untamed wilderness into God's country has been in disrepute for years.
May 20, 1994 |
Quentin Little Bear Fuller has no major problems with sports franchises having nicknames such as Indians, Redskins and Braves. He has huge problems, though, with Native Americans who forsake their heritage. "In my eyes, keeping the culture alive is primary," Fuller said, with conviction. "It's something that everyone must do. We can't let our culture die off. "Some are Native Americans only when it's convenient. When they face any hardship as a result, they automatically 'become' black or white or Hispanic.
December 8, 1993 |
As zoning battles go, this one wasn't even a skirmish. Instead, Robert Redfeather Stevenson's plans to operate a Native American gift and craft shop in the township didn't even draw a dissenting vote last night as the zoning board agreed, 6-0, to give him a variance to operate in a residential zone. The action was met with applause from about 25 of his supporters, some of whom wore beaded head bands and other Native American garb. "I was at the site and I think all the concerns neighbors had were addressed at the last (zoning board)