Monthly Archives: October 2009

imagineNATIVE Film Festival 2009

Categories: Events

Picture-23  imagineNATIVE Film Festival is the largest Indigenous film festival in the world. Filmmakers, producers, buyers and distributors come from all over to be a part of the week long festivities. Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to be the programming coordinator for the festival. To say my involvement in the 2008 festival was high would be a gross understatement. What was a a gross understatement was my attendance this year. I had a grand vision of being able to go to as many screenings as possible this year and not work them, but write about them! Yes to … Continued

Buffalo Hunting

Categories: Shopping

Picture-6Photo from Zazzle Last Saturday I finally made the trek from Toronto to Buffalo for shopping (our dollar is almost at par!). I was so excited about the trip, I even stayed home on Friday night and tried to go to be bed early to no avail (my night owl ways always end up getting the best of me). I was totally prepared having got the lowdown on Buffalo shopping from my boyfriend R’s sister. So when R and I left the house at 10:30 AM, only 30 minutes past our target mark. We had planned to stop at McDonald’s … Continued

Tomahawk Tassels II

Categories: Native

City-Pages-2        Performance at the Couture Noir Fashion Show  Photos courtesy of Tomahawk Tassels     Performing with Cadillac Kolstad and the Flats Last two photos by Tyler Ryan Miller Well almost a month ago I wrote about Tomahawk Tassels, “The Cherokee Seductress”, who is a burlesque dancer who incorporates Native American heritage in her performances. At that time I wasn’t sure if she was part Native as she hadn’t replied to my inquiry. Well guess what? Yes she got back to me and yes she is in fact Native (much to everyone’s relief)! She is Cherokee and … Continued

Feather headdresses on runway

Categories: Fashion

GP00280m  Photos from and RDuJour Gareth Pugh’s Spring/Summer 2010 Collection included a whole lot of feather headgear. From the side it reminds me a lot of Aztec headdresses, but from the front it reminds me of some kind of sci-fi futuristic feather fantasy. Interesting nonetheless. Aztec Headdress from kjdrill’s Flickr

Fashion soldiers

Categories: Fashion

TheRoom Photo from the Fashion Copious Blog Like whoa, check out the feathers on this little number for the cover of The Room Issue 10. It reminded me a lot of a dog soldier. I knew this guy … hmm let’s call him F … who was a traditional pow wow dancer and he wanted to don a new headdress in the fashion of a dog soldier (pictured below). So he went to the local craft shop and bought a million black coque feathers and made it. The end result reminded me of a mix between this fashion cover and the … Continued

Winter Kicks – Native Styles

Categories: Fashion

nike-terminator-native-02Nike Women’s Terminator High from Sneaker News   Nike Blazer ND from Sneaker News Nike Air Macropus Lite QS from Sneaker News Well it looks like Nike has done it again. They have appropriated been inspired by Native culture for another collection. And this season unveils many incarnations of their current lust for all things Native American blanket-ish. The sneaks right above are available here if you are one of those so inclined to sport your ethnicity on your feet.   Nike Terminator ND from Sneaker News See Related Post: Sneaker Pimps

Power Poncho Peeps

Categories: Fashion

il_430xN.93599129    Photos from Mati Rose’s Etsy Shop These “feather power poncho wearing peeps” are a series created by the California illustrator Mati Rose McDonough who created them in a acrylics for the Enormous Tiny Show. Her childlike, whimsical designs are inspired by flora and fauna. Photo from Mati Rose’s Etsy Shop Oh a Pocahontas tribute on a necklace – how perfect for the Canadian pilgrimage to Thanksgiving dinners all over the country. And well a funny nod any time of year. Illustration from Mati Rose’s Website

La Palette pleases my palate

Categories: Toronto

LaPaletteSo on Sunday evening it was my one year anniversary with the boyfriend. So in ritual retreat we dressed up and headed toward a nice restaurant to celebrate. Although this time he chose a quiet, quaint resto over an overdone, fancy-pants, pretentious one. We went to La Palette in Kensington Market. A cute and cozy French Bistro where I had never been and had little knowledge of (and truth be told was a little wary of since my forays into “the market” have usually been filled with  granolas staring at me and wondering who let the King Street girl in). … Continued

Laing Love

Categories: Fashion

Picture-2Photos from Jeremy Laing website  Photo from  Fringe was not foreign at Jeremy Laing’s Fall/Winter 2009 collection. How fitting for him to put it on Canadian Native model Tara Gill (who is part Mohawk). I fell in love with the fringed top that is on her, it is such a showstopper. I also think that the fringed dress on the bottom right was a unique nod and would work well with a pair of vintage cowboy boots. Canadian Jeremy Laing was trained at Ryerson University and then went on an exchange to the University of London (Designers take note: … Continued

Urban Warrior: Tatanka Means

Categories: Urban Warrior

TatankaPOSTERforWEB72Photo by Mihio Manus Tatanka Means (Oglala Lakota / Omaha / Dine`) of Albuquerque, NM is an Actor, Stand up Comedian and owner of Tatanka Clothing. He is also the son of activist Russell Means, he tells UNGS the ten things he can’t live without.  1. My C’anunpa (sacred pipe)   It is the way I grew up. It is what I know. It is my way of life. I try to live the best positive lifestyle I can because of this responsibility.  2. My woman, Christine BegayShe’s my secret weapon, I consult her on everything. She’s so cool I … Continued