A sincere thank you to everyone who came out to participate and help with filming great scenes that will be included in upcoming documentary Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes and as production extras for the DVD! It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon in Germany beside the picturesque Tegelsee in Berlin. As I am almost exclusively “behind the camera”, it was nice to finally see myself in photos, which were taken by Viveka Frost and Haven Smith, who are part of our team.
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(Photo from Native Arts & Cultures Foundation)
“SHORE is a multi-day performance installed in four equal parts:
Dance, Story, Volunteerism & Feast. “
“If you are seeking an amazing arts adventure and live in or near Seattle, Wash., it is not too late to attend and/or participate in “SHORE”.
“SHORE” examines the metaphorical convergence of environments—beginning where land meets water and vice-versa called ‘shore.’ “SHORE’s” performance incorporates the elements of volunteerism, story and dance and concludes with a “feast” – all of which result in a dynamic and powerful community participatory experience.
Choreographed and directed by Emily Johnson (Yup’ik), “SHORE” is an outstanding achievement in innovative installation dance performance and community engagement. Ms. Johnson’s work further advocates for the principles incorporated in traditional Native culture that emphasize the value placed on social equity within the broader community.
The last opportunity to experience “SHORE” will be in Seattle the week of October 11th through 18th, 2015, when it completes its 2015 tour at various locations to be announced.
To become involved as an audience member or participant, choose any of these event dates:
- STORY, October 11: Local writers share their work relating to home, place and land in a curated reading at Hugo House.
- VOLUNTEERISM, TBA: Community members are invited to come together to address an issue of local concern through action.
- PERFORMANCE, October 15-17: The heart of the project is a multi-layered dance piece featuring community singers and movers together with dancers from Emily’s group, Catalyst Dance. Performances will be held at On the Boards.
- FEAST, October 18: SHORE ends in a community potluck. Participants are invited to bring dishes to share with the gathered community.
“SHORE” is one of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s Community Inspiration Projects. For more information about SHORE and Seattle locations, please go to the SHORE website.
SHARED POST FROM THE NATIVE ARTS & CULTURES FOUNDATION, PLEASE VISIT THEIR SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, OTHER EVENTS, AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION.
You can view me among all the others there, on the official live stream video at the CineStar.de website.
Thousands of people flocked to see the stars arrive, and especially Johnny Depp of course, and I was standing right there and had the opportunity to take several photos, videos and get within arm’s distance as he passed me on the way into the theatre. I am not a fan of Johnny Depp, nor of any film stars or any such people. People are people to me, no matter how much money they have, who they are or who others think they are, nor by material or the items on their resumé. The inside: The Person matters to me. No idolizing.
I don’t know Johnny Depp, so I can’t say if I like him or dislike him. I was just there taking in the moment and to support my Native American Indian bro who was part of the festivities more directly. After we left the red carpet, headed downstairs to the theatres to enjoy complimentary spirits and snacks, among German celebrities of all kinds, while Johnny and the others continued to answer fan questions upstairs and promote the film, I called my mother and said, because I know she likes Johnny and follows film: “You’ll never guess where I am…..”
The full article is now available at Indian Country Today Media Network, as I was covering the event for the multi-media group owned and operated by Native Americans. Naturally, more photos I made of the event will be there.
Questions I’ve been asked:
Weren’t you excited to be so close to him?
It seemed a little surreal, but it was more interesting to be in a small area so strongly focused upon by millions, including those on location and those watching from television, computer or mobile devices.
Does he really look as handsome as he does in photo & film or is that airbrushing or something?
He looked exactly as he does in photo or film where he is just in plain clothes (no make-up or props), but from my psychology training on body language, etc.: he seemed quite tired. Understandable considering they were just at the Toyko premiere July 17th, and had just flown in, besides the generally blasé or negative reviews the film has received.
Did you want to shake his hand?
No, but then I rarely shake hands or touch anyone unless they are very well known to me. It’s an Apache thing. We don’t usually touch anyone in public.
Why didn’t you get his autograph?
I am someone who has only general and rather ephemeral interest in most material things (besides books), so no interest. Besides which, I’d have been kicked off the red carpet for trying any such thing. You are coached and expected to behave in a certain way, within certain parameters.
What did you do after you were off the red carpet?
We all went downstairs to the VIP area as I mentioned above. In comparision to my crazy race in a taxi to get to the red carpet after the call I received, I took the regular public transport home at a leisurely pace; stopped to pick-up a döner kebap for dinner, and laughed every now and then as I walked home as the unbelievability of my walk on the rote teppich.
“I had mixed feelings about this story. First, I must say that being Native American myself, I naturally look for a writer’s ability to present the characters and their actions and speech as authentic. And for the most part, I found it in this story. The relaxed, almost lacksidaisical nature many natives display amongst themselves is evident in the dialogue and scenes.
The writing style was somewhat choppy in places, but I understood this to be evidence of a young voice narrating the tale. There are plenty of terms and descriptions of skateboarding which I found a little distracting. For me they were unnecessary but they were within descriptive scenes displaying more about the character’s personality, attachments, and were at a key point in story development.
I work with Native American children and teens in the community I’m in and will certainly recommend they read “Riders on the Rez”. I would greatly like to know their impression of this somewhat “coming of age” story, and hopefully it may prompt them to write their own stories.
As a whole, I found “Riders on the Rez” to be a noteworthy story even though Native spirituality isn’t an easy concept for many people to understand, as most either over-complicate it or alternatively see it as primitive. It simply is what it is.”
Blurb: When Billy Tsosie meets his relatives on the Navajo Reservation he does not quite know how to fit in. His Mom has never told him anything at all about about Dine traditions and he is sure that his older cousin Danny looks down on him because of it. But when Billy gets into a fight at the Kayenta Skateboard Park, it is Danny who comes to his rescue.
Extended Description: Young skateboarder Billie Tsosie is quick to take on kids who tease him about his Native American heritage, and equally quick to jump into a fight with the kid who kicks his little cousin, Shawna.
When his mother takes him to visit the Navajo reservation and he interacts with his “rellies” for the first time in his short life, he finds out that he has a heritage to be proud of. Through the teaching of his older cousins, his uncles, and Spiderwoman, he comes to understand the meaning of hozho, the Navajo term for walking in consciousness and beauty.
Published: Jan. 02, 2011
Category: Fiction » Children’s Books » Fiction
Words: 6173 (approximate)
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