Issue 2.3 | Jul/Aug/Sep 1999
While media attention on rap seems fixated on violence associated with hip-hop events and performers, the illegal nature of samples, and lurid, mysoginistic and explicit lyrics, Native American hip-hop artist Shadowyze (Shadow-wise) remains focused on the media itself, and the un-televised stories of those in the margins and over borders. This Anthropology/Sociology student hailing from Pensacola, Florida, is of Cherokee and Creek decent, and a member of the Santa Rosa County Creek Tribe. His message is educational, "I'm delivering the facts"....click here for more...Who was Wa Wa Cha? | by Kathleen E. Ash-Milby
In 1993 when I first began working in the curatorial department of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), I ran across a collection of large oil paintings, covered in dust, sitting in a cluttered aisle of the museum's archaeological collection. There was no love lost on the part of some staff: the paintings weren't "pretty" Indian paintings. Dark and thickly textured, the majority were portraits of people with thick limbs and features. Further inquiry revealed that these paintings were by a New York Native American artist named Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw Nuñez, who signed her paintings as "Wa Wa Chaw."...click here for more...In The Spirit: Lorenzo Spirit Buffalo | by Steve Elm
Renzo Spirit Buffalo is full of spirit... Brimming with spirit... It's a youthful spirit, but one that has done a lot of traveling. It's an old spirit, but one that is still learning...It's here, and it's there...but mostly, it's in the moment. Renzo and I met a few weeks after I saw his first solo show of photographs at Soho Black and White Gallery Laboratory. The exhibit was in honor of Unci Celane Not Help Him (Renzo's Grandmother). Taken on Pine Ridge Reservation, the pictures lovingly detail the everyday life on the rez. They are full of humor, love, and are ripe with the mischievous eye of the picture taker. Some of the photos made me smile with recognition, some made me laugh out loud. Though I've never been to Pine Ridge, there is something instantly humorous and comforting in his picture of a big old soup pot - it's an Indian thing, I guess...click here for more ...
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