Navajo Nation Steelpan, and Aboriginal Reggae

It seems that Trinidad’s steelpan has “gone native” in the Navajo Nation in the U.S. (Yes, the “steelpan” is a Trinidadian invention, reportedly the only new musical instrument to have been invented in the 20th century.) Navajo Nation youth, organized into a steelpan orchestra, played at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in […]

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Aboriginal Film Festivals, 2008: Montreal, Winnipeg, London, San Francisco

Montreal, currently underway: FESTIVAL PRÉSENCE AUTOCHTONE 2008 FIRST PEOPLE’S FESTIVAL, 2008 June 12 – 22 This is the 18th year of the festival. ••••••• Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, 2008 November 20 – 23 Call for entries ••••••• London – Native Spirit Festival, 2008 October Call for entries ••••••• 33rd Annual American Indian Film Festival American […]

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RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS FOR ABORIGINALS IN CANADA: Links to Key Resources

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS FOR ABORIGINALS IN CANADA TRUTH & RECONCILIATION COMMISSION Mandate for Truth and Reconciliation Commission June 1, 2008 – Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission is Formally Established and Operational Statement of the Commissioners of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission concerning the apology to be made by the Prime Minister […]

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Canada’s Apology to Aboriginals (3.1)

Left, Prime Minister Harper in the House of Commons delivering the apology, and in front of him, seated, are Patrick Brazeau (Congress of Aboriginal Peoples), Mary Simon (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami), and Phil Fontaine (Assembly of First Nations). Today (June 11, 2008) saw many packed venues around Canada (not in quotes this time, the point has […]

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That’s Just Ole Rum Talk…

The fifth episode of Monday Morning Madness introduces a theme that will reappear this week, having to do with that lethal muse, that graceful killer, the best and last spouse, rum. (Having enjoyed many of the fine benefits of a variety of rums, as well as cane liquor, I am not sure why rum beats […]

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Questions about Race, Indigeneity, and Photography

Given the debate surrounding the proposed ban of “mixed-blood” marriages among Dominica’s Caribs, and the unexplained assertion that 1,000 “full blood Caribs” remain there, added to assertions made in the Taino Revival book that contemporary Tainos are really black people trying to deny their blackness by choosing a Taino identity, there seems to be a […]

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Fidel: Obama, the “Empire’s Hypocrite” (1.4)

Not all is cheerful on the Caribbean front for Senator Barack Obama, someone who has gained the public support, memorialized in reggae and calypso tunes (as featured on this blog), by some prominent artists in the region. Writing in Granma‘s edition for Monday, 26 May, 2008, in a column titled, “The empire’s hypocritical politics” — […]

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KOBO•TOWN: The Promise of Independence

SING OUT, SHOUT OUT forty years ago today independence came our way welcomed by our struggling songs it came but would not stay and we, wanting to believe, let ourselves be deceived by the well-groomed speech of ambitious men who time proved to be thieves but the years went by and nothing came new flag, […]

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