Museum of the Plains Indian
The Museum of the Plains Indian exhibits the creative achievements of Native American artists and craftspeople of the United States. A permanent exhibit presents the rich diversity of historic arts of the tribal peoples of the Northern Plains, and two special exhibition galleries are devoted to changing presentations promoting the creative works of outstanding talented contemporary Native American artists and craftspeople.
Culture Revolution Toronto, Ontario 1984
"The Bear Portraits series began in 1984 when my seven year old son Bear and I were walking down Queen Street in Toronto. I noticed some graffiti on a brick wall we had just walked by, and decided to take a photograph of Bear in front of it. The baseball cap Bear is wearing has a reproduction of Edward Curtis’s portrait of Two Moons, a respected Cheyenne leader who fought and defeated Custer at the battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25th, 1876. I was struck by the confluence of the image on the hat and the graffiti on the wall behind Bear—‘Culture Revolution’.
Up to this point, I had been working within the tradition of street photography, influenced by photographers like Eugene Atget and Lee Freidlander. I was fascinated by the streets and as a kid I loved watching the panorama of people, traffic and buildings pass me by from the back seat of my father’s car.
When I saw Bear in front of the brick wall, not only was I looking at my son through the viewfinder, but I was looking at myself, my father and my grandfather. I was seeing what I didn’t see in the photographic archives—images of First Nations people in the urban landscape.
The first Bear Portrait set in motion a new way of looking at the city and, like the graffiti, my revolution was against the invisible urban Iroquois presence.” - Jeff Thomas, The Bear Portraits
Sonic Sign in Missouri Declares ‘KC Chiefs Will Scalp the Redskins’
This morning a Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Belton, Missouri displayed a street sign emblazoned with the following phrase: “KC CHIEFS” WILL SCALP THE REDSKINS FEED THEM WHISKEY SEND – 2 – RESERVATION. Within a few minutes of the sign being displayed, social media erupted against it and the restaurant’s phones were overloaded with complaints.
This map should be included in every history book.
"This Is Indian Land, This is Ohlone Land" Installation at Will Brown Gallery in the Mission today…It’ll be up for the week…
On Sept. 22, members of the Red River General Membership Branch drove five hours from Fargo to Leith, N.D., to confront members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM, a white nationalist party) who are planning to take over the city’s government to create a white-only town. Community activists from the Standing Rock Reservation in Bismarck, N.D., and residents of surrounding towns attended the protest, as well as members of the Last Real Indians, Anti-Racist Action, and UnityND. The rally drew about 300 people on the anti-fascist side, with the cowardly neo-Nazis only managing to summon about 15 people.
As we drove into town, we saw the police had closed off all but one road. Moving past the police roadblock, we began to see the swastika flag of the enemy flying on buildings and in the town’s park. A member of the Standing Rock Reservation Lakota Tribe greeted us and introduced himself to each of us. We were glad to have met our new allies, as the march would soon begin.
The march down the main street to the neo-Nazis’ meeting hall was led by the local First Nations communities, followed closely by members of our branch, and then by brave residents of the town. A large banner on the main drag of road read, “Anti-Racism is a code word for anti-white” and was accompanied by the flags of Norway, Sweden, the Creativity Movement, the NSM, and various other white power organizations.
Before proceeding to the meeting hall, we stopped in front of the house of Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi scum behind the fascist plot to buy up land and turn Leith into an all-neo-Nazi town. It was there that we shouted down Cobb and his fascist cohorts. Members and leaders of the Standing Rock Reservation, whose borders are a mere 30 miles from the site, vowed that they would resist the neo-Nazis and refuse to allow the spread of their venomous hatred on their land. Afterwards, Fellow Worker Weise addressed the crowd, explained what the IWW is, and cemented our commitment to the fight against fascism in Leith and around the world.
Shortly after, the NSM marched into the meeting hall, which was heavily protected by the police, intending to strong-arm the residents into accepting their rule. About five minutes into the rally, a woman was escorted out of the hall, screaming that she had been called a communist. She was soon followed by several members of the community who refused to sit through the hate speech.
Around this time, the riot police showed up without identification badges, dressed in their usual storm trooper attire, bearing rubber bullet guns and tear gas launchers. No incidents occurred, however, and the cops simply observed the events.
We chanted and sang until the neo-Nazis’ rally ended and then assaulted them with marina and party-sized air horns. Several exchanges occurred, but the neo-Nazis were unable to spew out anything beyond simple schoolyards insults.
As the day came to a close, a bone-headed pig wearing a Golden Dawn t-shirt and a kilt began playing bagpipes, which we drowned out with air horns and chants. As the orders to disperse started, we were specifically targeted by the local sheriff and told, “This rally is now over. You need to leave or congregate in a different location.” On our way out, we witnessed several local First Nations people tearing down the swastika flags and ripping them apart before getting into their car.
As we went through the barricade, they were stopped and forced to give up the remains of the flag, which the police then threw to the ground and kicked. This is only our first trip to Leith, and plans are in place to return until the Nazi menace is eliminated.
In related news, Craig Cobb, the racist behind the attempted takeover, submitted a DNA sample to the “Trisha Goddard” talk show. And the results say he’s 14% black!
Chase Iron Eyes Waxing Self- Righteously on FILMING THE SUNDANCE CEREMONY, WTF?!
We should not film sacred ceremonies. What is sacred? You know; your spirit knows. You know when you are stepping over the line. Filming an actual sundance is clearly stepping over the line. If you want to spectate at the act of piercing or sun dancing you should not be able to do it on a god damned computer or any digital media for that matter. Haul your ass to an actual sundance; and when you’re there don’t spectate, participate even if you consider yourself in the “audience” (support circle). Although we cannot fully incriminate the creators of this video because it’s not patently offensive as is the film of the actual ceremony, we still must state publicly, for the purpose of guiding the future of Indigenous country that filming or even dramatizing (in human form for the purpose of filming) the conducting of sacred acts and ceremonies such as the offering of a connected pipe and the sundance should never be taken lightly and altogether avoided. We only do these things to connect to the universe, not to make objects of them.
We do not know what the consequences will be for us to take this next step in the process of documenting our own stories. This is the other side of the media. Non-indians no longer control the proliferation of our images (to a very large extent they do but there are independent holdouts) and we no longer have to accept the “non-indian does the poverty-porn or romanticized narrative with a white-person on a horse as the hero of the story/documentary/movie/etc. We have the lens, the fiber optics and the satellites and with that comes the ability to destroy the sanctity of our gifts in an unprecedented manner by doing this to ourselves. Will we choose to objectify ourselves (as we currently do when we make mascots out of ourselves)? Will we choose to shock our own collective conscience? Will we choose to present ourselves in a romanticized fashion exploiting ourselves and outsiders at the same time? That is our choice; nobody, not even Creator, is going to tell us no.