Issue 3.4 | Oct/Nov/Dec 2000
New York City is a great place for diversity and Native people are no exception. In this city of the ultra fast-paced pursuit of dreams and moments of reflection on what might have been, there are at least ten times as many different reasons Native people are drawn here as the Nations they represent. But if there is one thing we all share, it is the comforting feelings of home which we get when we hear the sounds of the drum. We are lucky to have four strong drum groups in this area that give us beautiful music to fill our hearts during the pow wows up and down the East Coast. Silvercloud Singers, based in New York City proper and Youngblood Singers from the Shinnecock Reservation on Long Island are considered New York City's local drum groups. Cedartree Singers from Falls Church, VA and Mystic River Singers from Mystic, CT are our other local East Coast drum groups... click here for more ...Joseph Jacobs Museum | by Sue Wilson
The grand opening of the new Joseph Jacobs Museum was held Sunday, October 7th, 2000. The Joseph Jacobs Museum is a Native American Museum on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation located in the heart of Niagara County, ten minutes from Niagara Falls, New York. A triumph of business ingenuity and creative capital, the Museum is the result of a unique collaboration between community members, Joseph Anderson, Joseph Jacobs and Simon Brascoupe. Together, their vision of strengthening and preserving Native culture and rebuilding tourism in a depressed Niagara area economy is being realized. Because of this it can be seen as a bridge between Tuscarora and its neighbors... click here here for more...Opinion Column (Pow Wows) | by George Stone Fish
Hi, I'm back!! My previous opinion piece, "What is an Indian?" provided me with some interesting feedback. Most of it was positive, but I did get some disagreements and justifications from mixed couples, with regard to my stated 'prohibition' against inter-marriage. I expected that, however, what I didn't expect but got, was an intermarried mixed couple who agreed with the 'prohibition.' This confused me, so of course I had to ask "why?"... click here here for more...Letter from the Editor | by Steve Elm
Several years ago I was in an off Broadway play called C. Colombo Inc.. The piece was about an Italian immigrant to New York who was building a huge statue of Christopher Colombus in his basement. I was cast as the Indian who stumbles into this basement. The writer, who was also the other performer in this two character play, chose not to explore the obvious implications of the situation through standard dramaturgy. Instead, the main action would take place nightly as an improvised debate between the two actors. Note I write actors - for our debate we would not be in our character roles. We would debate as ourselves... click here for more ...
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