Saturday, April 25, 2009

2009 North American Indigenous Image Awards Official Nominees

North American Indigenous Image Awards

2009 North American Indigenous Image Awards Official Nominees

Best Actor
Ron Harris "Moccasin Flats: Redemption"
Raoul Trujillo “Apocolypto”
Cody Lightning "Four Sheets to the Wind"
Derek Miller "133 Skyway"

Best Actress
Candace Fox "Moccasin Flats: Redemption"
Misty Upham "Frozen River"
Tonatzin Carmello "Imprint"
Jennifer Podemski "Moose TV"

Best Blues Jazz Album
Digging Roots "Spring to Come"
Jimmy Wolf "Deep Downtown"
Levi Platero & The Plateros "Levi Platero"
Pura Fe "Hold the Rain"
Jace Martin "Jace Martin"
North American Indigenous Image Awards
Best Calendar
Runway Beauty
BT Girls
21st Century Skins Mens Calendar
Women of the Navajo

Best Comedian of the Year
Ryan McMahon
JR Redwater
Vaugh Eaglebear
James and Ernie

Best Country Album
Tracy Bone "No Lies"
Stateline "Headlights"
Crystal Shawanda "Crystal Shawanda"
Violet Naytowhow "Wind of the North"

Best Documentary Film
"The Hollywood Indian"
"River of Renewal"
"The 8th Fire"
"Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy"
"Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School"

Best Feature Film
“Moccasin Flats: Redemption”
“Four Sheets to The Wind
“Turquoise Rose”
“Rez Bomb”

Best Flutist Album
Injunuity "Unconquered"
Bryan Akipa "Songs from the Black Hills"
Jan Michael Looking Wolf "Unity"
Clear Water Reflections "Clear Water Reflections"

Best Guest Starring Role in a Television Show
Jennifer Podemski "The Border"
August Schellenberg "Greys Anatomy"
Gregory Cruz "Saving Grace"
Gary Farmer "Easy Money"

Best Hip Hop/Rap Album
Nightshield "Loved & Hated"
Chase Manhattan "The Backside"
Buggin Malone "Sacrifice"
Plex "Brainstorm"
Quese IMC "Bluelight"

Best Hip Hop Rap Song
Plex "Spare Change"
Nightshield "Broken Dreams"
Digging Roots "Spring to Come"
Buggin Malone "Say Goodnight 2 Da Badguy"

Best Magazine
National Indian Education Association “NIEA News”
Spirit Magazine
Redskin Magazine
Native Youth Magazine

Best Music Video
Derek Miller "Devil Came Down Sunday"
Team Rezofficial "Lonely"
Jana Mashonee featuring Derek Miller "A Change Gonna Come"
Leela Gilday "One Drum"
Lucid "Shadows"
Plex "Grateful"

Pow Wow Album
Northern Wind "November Winds"
Tha Tribe "Blue Scout"
Zotigh Singers "Honoring Women Veterans"
191 N. "5 Bucks Gas"

Best Rock Song
Digging Roots "Let The Sun"
Derek Miller "Devil Came Down Sunday"
Lucid "Shadows"
Bloodline "Sacrifice"
Digging Roots "Spring to Come"
Stevie Salas "Be What It Is"

Best Rock Metal Album
Derek Miller "The Dirty Looks"
Injunuity "Unconquered"
Jan Michael Looking Wolf "Looking Wolf Project"

Best Short Film
133 Skyway
Ancestor Eyes
Good Looking
One Step Left

Best Supporting Actor
Cowboy Smithx "Chance"
Ernie Tsosie "Mile Post 398"
Michael Spears "Imprint"
Stuart Pierre "Moccasin Flats: Redemption"
Tiio Horn "Moccasin Flats: Redemption"

Best Traditional Recording
Kansas Begaye "Native Dreams"
Radmilla Cody "Precious Friends: Songs for Children"
Gilbert Begay Sr. "Traditional Navajo Shoesongs"
Joe Tohonnie Jr. "As Long as I Can See the Light"
Eli Secody "Sunrise Love"

North American Indigenous Image Awards
P.O. Box 44476
Rio Rancho, NM


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Friday, April 24, 2009

Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies: Call for Papers


“Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies: Perspectives from Anthropology, History and Material Culture Studies.”

A Conference to be held at the National Museum of Australia, in association with the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University.

Monday 9 November – Tuesday 10 November 2009

Proposals for panels and papers are invited on the theme of Indigenous participation in Australian economies, from the perspectives of anthropology, history or material culture studies, or some combination of these perspectives. A linking theme will be the development of local ‘hybrid economies’ involving the articulation of Indigenous and settler social and economic forms, and the emergence of new complexes of transactions and relations. We hope to cover a broad variety of economies from whaling to CDEP, across the span of more than two centuries. Papers which consider the characteristics of the material culture of local economies, from saddles to art, and material evidence of Indigenous participation, such as photographs, will be welcome.

Panels so far proposed include:

The transformation of relations and transactions within and around missions and stations.

The role of sexuality in the intercultural economy in Australia.

Transactions between fringe camps and towns.

The period of transition from low wage/ no wage to CDEP.

Stolen wages and the contemporary efforts to secure recompense

Please send abstracts of papers addressing one or more of the conference themes (these need not be attached to a panel at this stage, but will be assigned to panels later), and/or proposals for panels by email to
or by mail to:
IPAE Conference
School of Archaeology and Anthropology
Faculty of Arts
Australian National University
ACT 0200

Ian Keen
on behalf of the organising committee: Ian Keen, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Pickering, Anthony Redmond, Fiona Skyring, John White.

Conference secretary: Natasha Fijn

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Warning of Global Warming? Shamanic Tradition, Politics and Ecological Change in Siberia

Warning of Global Warming? Shamanic Tradition, Politics and Ecological Change in Siberia, presented by Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Georgetown University

Siberian indigenous peoples' striving for self-determination and spiritual vitality has been an impressive trend in the past twenty years, but their efforts are threatened by political, social and ecological change. This talk, based on long-term fieldwork in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) and beyond, probes the implications of indigenous peoples’ concerns. The focus is on the Sakha (Yakut), who are the farthest north of the Turkic language speakers, and the majority indigenous group of their multiethnic republic in the Far East of the Russian Federation. Since the Soviet Union collapsed, they have been coping with the tensions of increased development, mixed-signal federal policies, and valiant attempts at cultural revitalization.

In summer 2007, a close Sakha colleague, Uliana Vinokurova, sociologist and former deputy in the Sakha Republic’s parliament, shared her concern about climate change reaching the Far North region where she grew up. Not only had their villages seen more numerous and serious floods in the past decade, she explained, "the folk wisdom of our elders does not seem to predict our climate the way it used to.” People were worrying about the broader encompassing health, ecology and social problems that fluctuations seem to bring, and whether rituals of cultural and ecological renewal could stem the tide. How far do the ripple effects of climate change go? How do indigenous land keepers discuss the dangers and potential remedies of change? Are indigenous Siberians who rely on subsistence the "canaries in the mine" — warning of global warming?

April 30, 2009, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building

Through the Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series, the American Folklife Center presents the best of current research and practice in Folklore, Folklife, and closely related fields. The year-round series of monthly lectures invites professionals from both academia and the public sector to present findings from their ongoing research and fieldwork. The Botkin series is free and open to the general public. In addition, each lecture is video and audio recorded by the AFC for permanent deposit in the Archive of Folk Culture, where students, scholars, and other interested people can access them.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April 15-21, 2009: Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues

Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues for the Week of April 15-21, 2009

Alaska: Indigenous Peoples Demand Greater Role in Climate Debate

While indigenous peoples from around the world are meeting in this Alaskan city to seek a greater role in global climate negotiations, the rapidly warming Arctic is forcing some Inuit villages to be relocated.

"We have centuries of experience in adapting to the climate and our traditional lifestyles have very low carbon footprints," Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous leader from the Philippines and chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, told Tierramérica.

Carbon-based gases are the principal cause of the greenhouse effect, which leads to climate change. The excessive release of these gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, comes from human activities: the combustion of fossil fuels in industry and transportation, and emissions from livestock production and deforestation.

Some 400 indigenous people, including Bolivian President Evo Morales and observers from 80 nations, are gathered in Anchorage, Alaska for the Apr. 20-24 U.N.-affiliated Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change.

They will discuss and synthesise ways that traditional knowledge can be used to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

"Indigenous peoples have contributed the least to the global problem of climate change, but will almost certainly bear the greatest brunt of its impact," said Patricia Cochran, chair of both the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the April Summit. Read more about the Summit here....

International: Report Blames Social Factors For Indigenous Health Gap

A world-first study comparing child health across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US has found similar discrepancies between the health of the countries' indigenous and non-indigenous youth.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made "closing the gap" between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people a cornerstone of his national apology.

The report's authors say it proves that poor indigenous health is caused by social rather than biological factors.

Indigenous Australian children are twice as likely to go to hospital for chronic conditions than non-indigenous children, and are much more likely to die before they are 20.

The Canadian Health Department-funded study looks at the health of indigenous children across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

The section on Australia was written by Associate Professor Jane Freemantle, from the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. Read more about the report here....

Cameroon: National Parks Developed - Indigenous People Complain

The development of the Campo - Ma'an National Park, a touristic site in the South Region has left indigenous people frustrated.

The Pigmies, known to be custodians of the forest, who are predominant in the area now complain that their rights have been infringed.

The development of the National Park has destroyed the natural habitats. These indigenous people say they have not benefited from royalties from the management of the forest.

The government of Cameroon and the World Wild Fund for Nature, WWF, faced with the situation, did organise a training workshop.

The workshop which grouped stake holders of the project and representatives of the various indigenous people examined the rights of the complainants and also spelt out the modalities of protecting these indigenous groups.

The workshop that took place in Yaounde also forged ahead an integrated management system for the sites.

An integrated management board with representatives from the government, the civil society and the WWF was set up to make concrete the resolutions.

Colombia: Indigenous People in Colombia "Have Become a Strong Force"

There is a heavy turnover of social movement leaders in Colombia, given the frequency with which they are killed, displaced or forced into exile. And because of the dangers, those who step up to the plate can be considered veritable heroes – one of whom is indigenous leader Aída Quilcué.

"Resistance" is a term frequently used by the 36-year-old Nasa Indian, who is chief counselor of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC), and whose activism made her the target of an attack that cost the life of her husband, Edwin Legarda, in December.

Thanks to the visibility she gained in her leadership role in the "Minga" (a Quechua term for collective work for the common good) of Indigenous and Popular Resistance, which mobilised more than 30,000 demonstrators in marches along roads in Colombia in October and November, she stands a chance of being elected senator in the 2010 elections.

Two seats are reserved for indigenous representatives in the Senate, and two in the lower house of Congress.

In this interview with IPS, Quilcué talks about her life and the difficulties and suffering faced by indigenous people in this country that has been in the grip of civil war since 1964. Read the entire interview here....

Australia: Divisions Run Deep In Qld Wild Rivers Debate

Anna Bligh's Queensland Government gazetted the Lockhart, Stewart and Archer rivers on Cape York under its Wild Rivers legislation on April 3, 2009.

The move brought to nine the number of Wild Rivers declarations that have been made in Queensland since the Act was introduced in 2005.

Stark divisions have emerged between environmental and Indigenous groups. At the heart of the issue is conflict between two competing ideas.

On one side many Indigenous people want to be able to build businesses and enterprises on their traditional land, lifting more of their population into the real economy and out of welfare.

On the other side many environmental and Indigenous groups say the Wild Rivers legislation allows only the sort of sustainable activities that are suitable for the fragile ecosystems in far-north Queensland.

Welfare reformer Noel Pearson has resigned from his position with the Cape York Institute so he can take on the Queensland Government over the issue. Read more on the Wild Rivers debate here....

International: REDD And The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

One of the most contentious issues under discussion in current climate change debates is how to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) by ensuring protection of the world's rainforests. Mrinalini Rai of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change argues that this initiative, heavily backed by the World Bank among others, raises questions about how to ensure fair compensation to those developing countries that undertake a commitment to such reductions.

REDD turned into a key area of interest in the climate change debate in early 2007, with the publication of the UK government's Stern review on the economics of climate change. In his report, the ex-World Bank economist Sir Nicholas Stern recommended that 'avoided deforestation' measures should be included in the post-2012 commitment period under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

It was at the 13th conference of the parties (COP) of the UNFCCC, that took place in December 2007 in Bali, that a coalition of countries headed by Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea (the so-called coalition of rainforest nations) formally proposed that REDD and forests be included in the official negotiation agenda for a post-2010 regime, whose key elements would be negotiated under the so-called Bali roadmap.

It goes without saying that the inclusion of forests in the climate change discussion, has generated substantial interest and concern by Indigenous Peoples organisations, since the climate change debate directly and indirectly relates to them and their livelihoods and rights. Read more about REDD and indigenous peoples here....

Last weeks Five Key Indigenous People's Issues can be found here.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tsimane' Amazonian Panel Study: Publically Available Data on Indigenous People

TAPS evaluates the effect of market exposure on a wide range of indicators of well-being and the environment by drawing on theories from economics, evolutionary biology, and cultural anthropology. The signature of the multi-disciplinary project is the collection of panel or longitudinal data— repeated observations over time from the same people, households, and villages— to permit a dynamic, comprehensive view of how larger processes taking place at regional and global scales affect the well-being of villagers and their environment. We follow about 1,800Tsimane’ in all 260 households of 13 villages along the river Maniqui, Department of Beni. Villages differed in their closeness to San Borja (mean=25.90 Km; SD=16.70). Differences in village proximity to San Borja and the longitudinal dimension of the study allow one to capture both temporal and spatial variability in market exposure.

(a) Introduction to the panel

TAPS has just released the 2002 - 2006 (inclusive) panel data (for the history of TAPS see Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study: The first five years (2002-2006) of data available to the public in 2008). The study of those changes through panel observations can yield very valuable information about how processes such as globalization, market exposure, or trade opening affect cultural (identity, local ecological knowledge), economic (income, consumption), psychological (happiness), and biological (health, nutrition, growth) dimensions of well-being. The panel data set we are making available was preceded by seven years (1995-2001) of pilot research that served to identify communities, win the trust of villagers, train local researchers, build logistical infrastructure, and refine methods of data collection. This panel data set only includes variables that were measured annually during 2002-2006.

The 2002-2006 data is in STATA 10 and is available by contacting R. Godoy (see section (b) below). To use the data, users should draw on two documents: (a) TAPS Data Dictionary only variables in ALL years an Excel spread sheet that lists all the variables and any variation between years in the definition of the variable and (b) TAPS Data Dictionary only variables in ALL years a text document that lists all the variables in alphabetical order and describes them

(b) Requesting the data and Confidentiality agreement

The TAPS Panel Data set is free and open to the public. However, confidentiality of our respondents is very important. We have taken care to ensure that our data cannot be used to identify individuals, households, or communities.

To further ensure confidentiality, if you would like to use our data, we ask you to send a letter (SID, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA) or an email to The email requesting the data should read as follow:

"Your complete name:

Dear Mr Godoy:

I am interested in using the 2002-2006 TAPS panel data set. In requesting the data I agree to the following:

  • Use the TAPS panel data set for research or educational purposes only
  • Not attempt to identify any individual, household, or community
  • Not share the copy of the data with other users who have not agreed to these confidentiality terms.
  • Any publication resulting from your request must: (a) include you as an author or as a co-author and (b) acknowledge the Program of Cultural and Biological Anthropology of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the USA and TAPS for making the data available.

Sincerely yours,

Your name"

After Ricardo Godoy receives the email agreeing to these conditions and providing this information, you will receive the zipped 2002-2006 TAPS data in STATA 10.

(c) Panel Documents

TAPS Data Dictionary only variables in ALL years (excel)

TAPS Data Dictionary Guide only variables in ALL years (pdf)

TAPS Data Dictionary only variables in ALL years (log)

(d) Supplementary information

Besides the variables measured every year during 2002-2006, TAPS also collected variables in only some years. These are not included in the 2002-2006 data set, but can be reviewed in the following document: TAPS Data Dictionary ALL variables (excel) If you would like access to some of the variables that appear only in some years, you should note this when they request the data.

TAPS Data Dictionary ALL variables (excel)

(e) We would like to hear from you

We would like to hear from you if you encounter problems using the data, or if you have trouble understanding the meaning or construction of variables. If you have questions about the TAPS data set, contact:

Ricardo Godoy (

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Monday, April 20, 2009

North American Indigenous Food Symposium: Call for Participants

3rd North American Indigenous Food Symposium

In many parts of the world, Indigenous peoples are the original agriculturalists and botanists yet their wealth of information is seldom recognized or compensated. Indigenous food systems globally are increasingly under threat due to a variety of causes such as resource extraction, biopiracy, climate change, loss of traditional land base and the introduction of subsidized food imports. These threats in turn have produced drastic change in ways Indigenous peoples govern and shape their lives. As a result, organizations, citizens and researchers have worked with effected communities to contest many of these forces. It is under this context that the 3rd North American Indigenous Food Symposium (NAIFS 2009) is facilitating the gathering of speakers who will present research and projects ranging from current land issues and the effect of the global food crisis on indigenous communities to innovative community mobilization efforts and the development of entrepreneurial advancements on Indigenous food production. All participants will have the opportunity to discuss various models, field questions and draw lessons of past achievements and failures."

Date: June 4-6, 2009
Location: Travelodge Hotel and Muskoday First Nation, SK

  • $400 Adults (3 days) - Regular • after May 6
  • $325 Adults (3 days) - Early Bird • April 8–May 6
  • $250 Adults (3 days) - Early Early Bird • till April 7
  • $325 Adults (2 days) - Fri and Sat ONLY **
  • $150 Adults (1 day) - Thurs, Fri or Sat ONLY **
  • $150 Students/Seniors/Low-Income (3 days)
  • $50 Extra Banquet Tickets (Fri Night ONLY)

To register for any of the above programs call (306) 966-5539.

For more information on any of the above programs contact:

Alex Munoz, B. Sc., Advanced B.Sc.
Program Manager
Indigenous Peoples Program
CCDE, University of Saskatchewan
Williams Building, Room 481
Telephone: (306) 966-2027
BlackBerry: (306) 261-4741
Facsimile: (306) 966-5590



Raul Munoz, B.A., M.A.
Program Coordinator
Indigenous Peoples Program
CCDE, University of Saskatchewan
Williams Building, Room 481
Telephone: (306) 966-4272
BlackBerry: (306) 261-4741
Facsimile: (306) 966-5590


The Indigenous Peoples Program (IPP) was established in 1988. It has achieved recognition for its conferences and workshops, and as a publisher and research unit. IPP works primarily with organizations and institutions to provide educational opportunities and promote programs toward improving social and economic conditions for Indigenous peoples locally and globally.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Indigenous Peoples Doctoral Programs: University of Alaska Announces New Program

Recently the University of Alaska Regents approved a new doctoral indigenous studies program. This is excellent news, and it demonstrates the continued need for such programs at the graduate level. Here is the main announcement:

FAIRBANKS -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday approved a new doctoral program for the Fairbanks campus, a program university leaders say will help fill a growing need for advanced research and academic opportunities.

The new Indigenous Studies doctoral program was developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Education and College of Rural and Community Development, according to a summary of the plan.

The Alaska Federation of Natives had first discussed the need, according to the university. Alaska Natives comprise 16 percent of the student body in Fairbanks but only 3 percent of the faculty, which the program’s proposal suggests creates a shortage of Native perspective within the university’s leadership circles.

The regents, meeting in Valdez, approved the plan unanimously.

Other doctoral indigenous studies programs include:

PhD in Indigenous Studies at the University of Alaska.

PhD minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

PhD Indigenous or Australian Studies at the University of South Australia.

PhD in Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria.

Indigenous Peoples Education program at the University of Alberta.

The Indigenous Studies PhD program at Trent University.

The American Indian Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

The American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University.

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program at the University of Arizona.

The Maori and Indigenous Studies program at the University of Canterbury.

Native American Studies program at the University of California, Davis.

If there are others not listed, please leave a comment about the program so it can be added to the list.

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