As the United States celebrates its independence on the 4th of July, it is essential to acknowledge and reflect upon the complex history and diverse perspectives that shape the meaning of this day for all Americans. For Native Americans, the 4th of July carries a unique significance that intertwines both the struggles and resilience of… Continue reading The 4th of July: Reflections on Independence for Native Americans
Introduction:Art has long been regarded as a powerful medium for self-expression, cultural preservation, and connection. For Native American youth, who may face various challenges in maintaining their cultural heritage and identity, art can serve as a profound bridge that connects them to their ancestral roots. Through artistic expression, Native American youth can explore their history,… Continue reading Art as a Bridge: Connecting Native American Youth to Their Culture
The Star Wars universe is a vast space with limitless potential. This is something many already know. As fickle as the fandom may seem at times, there is always room for new characters and character development of already well-known characters. This is something we have been witnessing with the introduction of The Mandalorian. Not only… Continue reading Is it time for a Native American Jedi?
I recently went to a powwow and I got to see a lot of amazing artists, dancers, and members of the indigenous community. The typical powwow experience was in full effect. The grand entry was lead by our Veterans carrying the different flags. Seeing all the dancers come out behind them was a marvelous site.… Continue reading Indigenous Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation?
Native American activists have long fought for justice and equality for Indigenous communities in the United States. One of the most prominent and influential figures in this movement was Vine Deloria Jr. Born in 1933 in Martin South Dakota, Deloria was a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, but his father later transferred their membership to… Continue reading The Legacy of Vine Deloria Jr.: Exploring the Life and Ideas of a Pioneering Indigenous Scholar
Frida Kahlo once said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." This sentiment rings true for many artists, including the renowned Native American artist, Fritz Scholder. Fritz Scholder was born in 1937 in Breckenridge, Minnesota, to a German father and a Luiseño mother from… Continue reading Fritz Scholder: Challenging Stereotypes and Blending Cultures Through Art
Sitting Bull (1831-1890) was a Hunkpapa Lakota leader who led his people during a period of conflict with the United States government in the late 1800s. He played a key role in the Battle of Little Bighorn, where his forces fought alongside other members of the Oceti Sakowin and Cheyenne to defeat General George Armstrong… Continue reading 5 Great Native Americans throughout history
Native American culture and heritage are essential to the history and identity of Indigenous peoples. However, the loss of language, cultural traditions, and knowledge has been a significant issue in Native American communities. The impact of colonization and forced assimilation policies have led to the loss of cultural practices and the erasure of Indigenous knowledge.… Continue reading Preserving Cultural Heritage through Native American Education
To start this off, I want to share this poem with you. It's a poem to inspire the Indigenous youth communities and tie them to their cultural roots. I hope you enjoy it. Here it goes... -The Drumbeat of Your Ancestors- Listen closely, young one, To the drumbeat of your ancestors. Hear the echoes of… Continue reading Indigenous AI: The good, the bad, and the ugly of using AI to produce content for an Indigenous audience.