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06 February 2012 @ 11:27 pm

I'm not sure you can call a podcast "art", but it certainly takes talent to be entertaining, insightful, and funny for an hour straight. I was already a fan of Ryan McMahon prior to him starting to podcast and became a much bigger one afterward. As a casual fan, I knew he was funny, what I didn't know was just how smart he was. Even when I don't agree 100% with what he has to say, he never fails to make excellent points that really get me thinking. 

I've been particularly impressed lately. His discussion with writer Taiaiake Alfred that included some very intelligent thoughts on the position of Native people in their colonized world today and how to move forward without losing identity was phenomenal. A great discussion that really gets to the heart of political issues but just when you think it's getting too serious, you get some laughs too. It left me eagerly anticipating his current episode, a discussion with AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but I'm itching to as soon as I get a chance. 

Ryan's podcast was started as just another outlet for his comedy. Over time it has evolved and become more polished and serious. Yes, there's still comedy there for sure! You get more now, though. Now you also get some insight into current indigenous issues, artists, inspirations, and more. It's really worth a listen. The best part? It's absolutely FREE. You can go listen at the link below or look up Red Man Laughing on iTunes. Also be sure to check out Ryan's main page - he's got a lot going on and it's all worth getting into.

Ryan's podcast - RedManLaughing.com
Ryan's website - RyanMcMahonComedy.com
Ryan's Facebook - facebook.com/RMComedy
Ryan's app - NDNCMDY
06 February 2012 @ 09:47 pm
I don't have much time to post these days but I had a couple of things that have been really top of mind lately. The first is Summer Peters who beads as Mama Longlegz. She does phenomenal work and is one of the most admirable chicks I've ever "met". She's also from my home state, which is pretty awesome. Here's an excerpt of an article that Beyond Buckskin did with her. If it catches your eye, please head over to the full blog via the link at the end!

photo by Nadya Kwandibens of  http://www.redworks.ca/ 

Summer Peters, a proud member of the Saginaw Ojibwe Tribe of Michigan, first learned to bead from her mom and grandmother. They taught her to thread her first needle and how to make the knot at the end, and it seems like she hasn't stopped since. She developed her own unique technique of beading, and sold her first piece of beadwork when she was a young teenager.

Nowadays, her business goes by the name of Mama Longlegz, and anybody with a name like that you know they've gotta have a lot of spunk. In fact, when she's not beading, Mama Longlegz is competing in tournament style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She applies her favorite quote, "When your not training, someone else is training to kick your a**!" to her Jiu Jitsu, but also to her art. Every day she invests the time to make sure that she's strengthening her skills and producing high quality beadwork for her clients. She states:

"My beadwork is watered and fed well everyday."

Read the interview here
16 August 2011 @ 08:02 pm

I am a big hip hop & rap fan - and indigenous artists are some of the best out there, hands down. Among the best of the best is RedCloud. When I first heard him years ago, I had his cd in my car player non-stop. My friends eventually protested and begged me to play something else. You get the picture. LOL

It's been a while since his last official release, but it's been worth the wait. I don't know all the gossip or politics behind his split with Syntax Records, but I feel like I'm hearing a RedCloud that has been "unleashed", so to speak. He's still all about positivity, but more down to earth these days. I back that 100%.

If you want a closer description of the music itself - it's still the same RedCloud - and he's got modern beats mixed in with his own fresh twists on some old familiar beats. It's definitely worth buying.

If that's not enough for you, here's the deal: Listen to the new album, 1491 Nation Presents: MC RedCloud, in it's entirety over at MCRedCloud.bandcamp.com. You can purchase it there digitally- and name your own price. I strongly suggest paying a fair price for it - independent musicians work their asses off for the love of what they do. The greatest thing we can do for them is be fair and give them support.

You can also purchase a physical copy of the album (which comes with a bunch of goodies) at the same link.

Buy the CD here
RedCloud on Facebook
RedCloud on Twitter

13 August 2011 @ 12:31 am

That's Jim Ruel - a Stanford educated comedian who has been performing for over 10 years. I don't even know what else to say about him - the guy makes me laugh and I respect that! He makes it look easy, and I know it isn't. He's been on television, was part of the Powwow Comedy Jam, and tours with the Chiefs of Comedy. You should check him out online and if he performs nearby, definitely go support him. The guy has talent.

Jim Ruel on Facebook
Jim Ruel on Twitter
Jim Ruel Vlog

I don't even remember the first time I saw one of Nadya Kwandibens' photos. I just remember loving her work immediately. As a former art student, it was everything I'd wanted to create once and then some. I've vaguely kept track of what she's up to. What has always impressed me as much as her work is her 'Why'. 'Why' she does things - and when I spotted this on her tumblr page and thought it was a beautiful expression of that.

I can't spend a lot of money to go see her or to buy all of the photos I'd like (although I've bought some of them for sure). But what I can do is continue to support her and try and show all of you what makes her work so special. So please, check her website out, 'Like' Red Works Studio on Facebook, and keep track of her. I predict someday she'll be listed among the greatest of Canadian photographers.

Red Works on Facebook
Red Works on Twitter
If you're a female of any age and like to look at handsome Native men, you've already got Wes Studi and/or Eddie Spears on your radar. Well, you're about to get some fresh material from these two! AMC has created some great television dramas lately, and they're adding Hell on Wheels to their roster. If The Walking Dead and The Killing are any indication, this new show will be more than worth watching. Here's a description I found of the plot on the official site:

A contemporary western about post-Civil War America that focuses on a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife.

But don't let that convince you. Here's an official preview.

The series is slated to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2011.
31 July 2011 @ 11:35 pm
keahu kahuanui

Who's that, you ask? That's Keahu Kahuanui - he recently appeared on the new hit show on MTV, Teen Wolf. Yep, I'm all about the Hawaiian natives tonight! His most recent scene was probably one of my favorites from the entire season. I'm hoping to see him back for more! (Yes, I'm a grown woman watching Teen Wolf, don't judge me! lol) There's not much info on him yet, but here's a blurb of an article about his character and you can follow him on Twitter at @keahukahuanui.

keahu kahuanui

We're still more than two months from the launch of MTV's reboot of Teen Wolf, a much more serious take on the frequently remade movie (think Vampire Diaries, Buffy, and, well, much of the current TV lineup), but I'd heard months ago that the show would feature a gay character and now AfterElton.com can confirm that exclusively.

Meet Danny played by Keahu Kahuanui!

I don't have a ton of details just yet, but I can tell you that Danny is the best friend of Jackson (Colton Haynes) who is at least initially rivals with the show's hero Scott McCall (Tyler Posey). Danny is out (yay!) and both he and Jackson play on the school's lacrosse team.

We first meet Danny in the second episode, he appears in half of the twelve episodes and even has a boyfriend. I'll keep scouting for more info on the character like whether or not Danny has any supernatural aspects, so stay tuned.

Oh, and kudos to Jeff Davis, the show's out writer, for including a gay character in the show. It's yet another example of how having gay folks in the writer's room can make a huge difference.

Read the rest of the article at AfterElton.com.
31 July 2011 @ 11:21 pm
Jason Momoa has been on my radar since Game of Thrones but I only recently learned more about him. Yeah, I have to admit, he's eye-catching. But he's also a very talented and sincere actor. He's pretty awesome. His father is a Native Hawaiian and his mother is German, Irish, and "Native American" according to his bio.

Check out the videos below, and the quote from an interview I found with him. I bet you become a fan!

Jason Momoa is about to unleash his inner barbarian so you'd best find a safe seat. Things are going to get bloody.

After 12 years as a steadily working television actor, the Hawaii-born Momoa will star in a pair of sword-swinging epics that he believes will redefine his career: "Game of Thrones," the sprawling HBO series that premieres Sunday, and a new version of "Conan the Barbarian," a big-budget movie scheduled for release in August.

"It's been a lot of work but I'm on the forefront of something huge," the 31-year-old actor said by telephone from Los Angeles.

The two projects have kept him busy for nearly three years. The part of Khal Drogo, the fiercest warlord in "Game of Thrones," required an emotional and physical transformation for Momoa, a former model whose previous roles were as a lifeguard in "Baywatch Hawaii," a bartender in "North Shore" and a dreadlock-sporting alien in "Stargate: Atlantis."

When Momoa auditioned, the 6-foot-4, part-Hawaiian actor politely told a pair of HBO producers — "two small haole ladies" — that he was going to try something different. Then he got in their faces with a haka — a Polynesian war chant.

"I said, ‘Don't be scared, I am not going to kill you,' and they were just smiling," Momoa said. "And I went off."

People in other offices thought something was wrong, but his intensity sealed the deal for Momoa.

"I just wanted to show them that if you are going to look any great king or warrior in the eye, here is what their soul is," he said. "It's a fierce thing to be in front of, if you really put your heart and soul into it."

(Read the rest of the interview here)

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31 July 2011 @ 11:05 pm
Remember a while back when I mentioned that I loved a new song from Spencer & Doc Battiest called "The Storm"? Well, they're about to put out a music video for it. Here's the teaser trailer for it - pretty cool, huh? Can't wait to see the full length video!

07 April 2011 @ 10:28 am
Recently I kept hearing about this group - all around twitter, facebook, and elsewhere A Tribe Called Red have been creating some serious buzz. The closest I can describe their sound to is trip hop. All I know is, I like their music, I like their political awareness, and I like their social media savvy. Check them out!

The second video is also a tribute to John T. Williams, a 50 year old woodcarver from the Tseshaht First Nation, who was shot by police on August 30, 2010. If you haven't heard about the controversy, here is a news story on it from the Seattle Times.