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First Week of Events Alaska Native American Indian Heritage Month 2009

CELEBRATIONS BEGIN!

The Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month 2009 has begun!  This week there are 10 amazing events geared to all ages and all interests.  

NOVEMBER 2, Monday

FILM: "THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN"

Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub, 5:30 pm & 8:15 pm

$3 general admission.

Special guest film director Kevin Willmott will attend the screenings of the film to hold discussions with the audience after each showing.

In this outstanding revisionist Western, director Kevin Willmott stakes out new territory in a genre that seemed completely settled.  Fancifully configuring the symbols of the genre, he creates a fascinating parable of American history.  At the outset, young Nachwihiata lives a peaceful existence with his agrarian family until a band of white marauders attacks their homestead.  They forcibly remove him and take him to a white Christian boarding school, where Native children are assimilated into the dominant culture.  Renamed Charlie, he chafes under the lie of his new identity, and, before long, runs away.  He's soon captured by bounty hunter Sam Franklin, an assimilated Indian who now only aspires to round up other Indians for reward money.  The plot thickens when Sam and Charlie are pursued by a cruel, grizzled sheriff, who also wants the bounty on the missing boy.  Like a true warrior, Charlie faces repeated tests of his courage and self-awareness, discovering the painful contortions of identity and despair to which many of his race are consigned, and the conflicts that remain even after the Indian Wars have supposedly ended.  Willmott constructs a fascinating plot, laced with intriguing twists and ever-higher plateaus of suspense, infused with gothic devices that underline the horrors involved.  "The Only Good Indian" is a worthy fictional account of an essential American story.

For more information on the film see: http://www.beartooththeatre.net and the official website at http://www.theonlygoodindian.com/



NOVEMBER 3, Tuesday

ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER RECEPTION AND FILM: "FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL: ENDING JIM CROW IN ALASKA"

Alaska Native Heritage Center, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

FREE and open to the public

Special events include a performance by the acclaimed Alaska Native Heritage Center youth dancers and a showing of the one-hour documentary film "For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska."

"For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska" is an inspiring story of Alaska Natives who, through non-violent social change, overcame prejudice, disadvantage, and blatant bigotry to win justice for all Alaskans.  This extraordinary story bridges the Civil War to World War II to today's Native leaders, who find inspiration in the efforts of the generations that preceded them. These efforts culminated in the passage of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, one of the first such laws passed anywhere in America, and ten years before Brown versus Board of Education. Of particular note is a young Tlingit activist, Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose dramatic testimony on behalf of the Act is fully reenacted in the film. Narrated by Peter Coyote and starring actor/writer Diane Benson, this story resonates today for Natives facing new challenges and for all who work for civil rights and social justice.

Event contact: Steven Alvarez, SAlvarez@alaskanative.net

NOVEMBER 4, Wednesday
POTLUCK TO WELCOME THE LAKOTA SIOUX DANCERS

Alaska Native Heritage Center, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

FREE and open to the public

Welcome the Lakota Sioux Dancers in a Community Potluck with Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim Tsimshian dancers Cupik Yurartet dancers and more!  Bring your favorite traditional foods or just come and enjoy!

Event contact: Steven Alvarez, SAlvarez@alaskanative.net

NOVEMBER 5, Thursday
NATIVE STUDENT SERVICES ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

UAA, Rasmuson Hall Room 108, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

FREE and open to the public

Light refreshments will be served.

NOVEMBER 6, Friday
VIRTUAL SUBSISTENCE HERITAGE MONTH RECEPTION

MTS GALLERY, 3142 Mountain View Drive, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

(907) 227-7546, www.mtsgallery.wordpress.com

Featuring Virtual Subsistence, a curated exhibition of approximately 30 Alaska Native artists of all mediums and backgrounds.  The artists address the effects of traditional and modern subsistence on their lives, work and identity in traditional and non-traditional media.  Not limited to visual artists, Virtual Subsistence also features a literary and performance component on November 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

NOVEMBER 6, Friday
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY EVENTS

Held at various locations, see below for details

Free and open to the public

ALASKA NATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION, 500 W. 6th Avenue

(907) 258-2623, www.alaskanativearts.org

'Sharing the Spirit' group exhibition artists include; Aakatchaq Schaeffer, Ross Schaeffer,Francine Chikla, Holly Nordlum, Gretchen Sagan and many more! Opening November 6th at 5:30pm.

TWO SPIRITS GALLERY, 333 West 4th Avenue, Suite 211

(907) 277-3334, www.TwoSpiritsGallery.com

Two Spirits Gallery is dedicated to artists whose lives have been affected by mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness or other disabilities.  Located in downtown Anchorage, the Gallery opened in May of 2005 as part of the continuum of care offered through the Recovery Services department of Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.  Two Spirits works with a diverse group of artists from across the state, some whose talents may already be known to the public and others whose talents have yet to be discovered.

SEVIGNY STUDIO , 706 W. 4th Avenue

'Soft Souled' by Mititque (Holly Nordlum), including prints and other works. Opening onNovember 6th at 5:30pm.

ARTIQUE LTD., 314 G Street

(907) 277-1663 www.artiqueltd.com

Displaying the artwork of Paula Rasmus-Dede, an Aleut artist who has been working with beads since her childhood using indigenous techniques in unusual pieces.

NOVEMBER 6 and 7, Friday and Saturday
ANCHORAGE CONCERT ASSOCIATION: LAKOTA SIOUX DANCE COMPANY

Atwood Concert Hall, 7:30 pm

Tickets are $17 to $38

The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers, and storytellers. Set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred, and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance.

Event contact: TBA

NOVEMBER 7, Saturday
INTERTRIBAL GATHERING

Alaska Native Heritage Center, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

FREE and open to the public

Featuring:

· Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre, founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers, and storytellers.  See the group perform live traditional, sacred and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of this presentation.

· Shelley Morningsong

· Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole (Hawaiian)

· Local Drum Groups: Mt. Susitna and Seven Buffalo

· Local Dance Groups: Northern Light Celtic Dance, Blue Star Hmong, and Alaska Native Dance

· and more...

Event contact:  Steven Alvarez, SAlvarez@alaskanative.net

NOVEMBER 7, Saturday
"LATE NIGHT SATURDAYS" with Jack Dalton and Ann Fienup-Riordan

Cyrano's Off Center Play House, 10:00 pm

$10 admission fee

Yup'ik storyteller Jack Dalton will be having a conversation with Ann Fienup-Riordan.  If you have read any beautiful book or seen any overwhelming exhibit at a museum about the Yup'ik culture, chances are Ann had something big to do with it. Constantly giving credit to the Yup'ik elders she works with, her humility simply proves that she's the perfect person to consider the Yup'ik culture academically and anthropologically.

This conversation will be one be a series of monthly, live, on-stage interviews called "Cyrano's Confabulations: People, Places, and Things - Conversations with Alaskans about Alaska."   The series will focus on Alaska's history, culture, arts, politics, economy, ecology, etc.-and this one will be a perfect way to highlight Alaska Native and American Indian Heritage Month. 

Event Contact: Sandy Harper, cyrano@ak.net

NOVEMBER 8, Sunday
MUSEUM ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH FAMILY DAY

Anchorage Museum, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

FREE and open to the public

Join Alaska Native artists in the Alaska Gallery for art demonstrations, storytelling and art activities. Artists include Patricia Wade performing "Ahtna History and Stories" and Allison Warden with "Ode to the Polar Bear." Museum admission is free all day, thanks to sponsor Wells Fargo.

Event contact: Jody Jenkins, jjenkins@anchoragemuseum.org

For a complete list of events throughout the month, or to donate to Heritage Month, please see our website:
www.alaskanativeheritagemonth.com

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