Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gathering of Nations Fund

Categories: Personal

Picture-21GON Grand entry. Photo by Red Works Studios. I have been dreaming about going to the Gathering of Nations (GON) for over four years now. My friend Jennifer Menominee was the first person who planted the seed back in the day. She traveled down to cover events for SPIRIT Magazine in 2006 and told me all about how amazing it was, and I have been intent on going ever since. GON is a huge pow wow that happens in April every year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Native people come from all across Turtle Island (aka North America) to be there … Continued

Malled by Manitobah Mukluks

Categories: Fashion

Pouting-Look-pre-muklukThe day started out pouty (shocker I know). But I had my Manitobah Mukluks on so I knew I was going places. Last Saturday (I know like forever ago but this week was hectic) I headed down to Yorkdale Mall to check out the action at Capezio. Yes there was action going on over there. I heard that Greg Dreaver from Manitobah Mukluks was going to be there alongside Plex and DJ Divinyl in traditional regalia so you know I had to go check it out. I arrived to a buzz around the mall. The janitor and the information desk … Continued

Found: Sally Sweater

Categories: Fashion

Picture-12Super cute, cozy sweater that is going to be just great for the holidays. I can just imagine it paired with leggings and cocoa cozy next to a roaring fire. Or with some denim jeans and black riding boots off to the movies. This is a great find, the ‘Sally Sweater’ by Abercrombie & Fitch and it’s 63% wool, 30% nylon, and 7% cashmere. Yeah no acrylic so it will last beyond this season and keep you cozy for months to come. On sale now for $129.90 CAD.

Found: Indian Cuff Links

Categories: Fashion

Cuff-LinksCheck out these Indian Cuff Links from Crybabe on Etsy. They are made from authentic Buffalo nickels dated 1930, and 1936. They are a steal at $12 USD and totally cool and would make an awesome addition to the dapper Native man’s wardrobe (even if they are just for looking good in that leather container on the dresser). Just sayin’. 

Found: Eagle Dancer T-Shirt

Categories: Fashion

Picture-22     Photos from ar2fakt site  Today on Twitter I was informed that @dgtlnvjo (aka Victor Pascual) had just finished a new site ar2fakt.com. When I checked out the gear I was hooked. They have contemporary North West Coast designs on men’s t-shirts that range in size from M-3X. Totally dope, totally fresh and in five styles to choose from for only $25. 

Time Traveler premieres on APTN

Categories: Film + TV

Meegwun-and-ElitsaJackson (Meegwun Fairbrother) and Niki (Elitsa Bako)   Nikki (Elitsa Bako) Richard Story diects Waawaate Fobister All photos from Time Traveler’s website Tonight at 10 PM on APTN the new series Time Traveler will premiere with their pilot. The premise is on the fact that it is the journey of a young woman who in an effort to save her dying world, travels back in time from the year 3012 to Toronto 2009, where she enlists the help of a young Aboriginal man. Total Sci-fi drama Indian style. Here is their description from their website:Lorne Cardinal (Cree) is one of … Continued

Found: Wolf Key Ring

Categories: Shopping

Picture-13Silver and black handstitched Leather wolf key ring for sale now on Etsy by Love from Hetty and Dave. $26 USD. Totally adorable and very of the moment. Not a werewolf but then that version might have been hairy and scary. I love it.

Concrete Indians

Categories: Native

15555_204244220699_152439735699_4516647_5937687_n    Waawaate Fobister and TJ Henhawk discussing their photo. Photos provided by Nadya Kwandibens. Last Wednesday evening was the opening of Nadya Kwandibens exhibit for her Concrete Indian series at Wychwood Barns. It was a part of the Creator Within events put on by ANDVPA and was in the community gallery. It was a smaller gallery space that was filled up with community members supporting Kwandibens and her exhibit. There were approximately ten of the photos in her series shown, with about seven subjects and I was blessed enough to be one of them. The five of us in … Continued

Tales from the Tickle Trunk

Categories: Personal

Asani_JasonBurnstick   8 PM Saturday night. Wychwood Barns Loop Theatre for the performance of Jason Burnstick, and Asani (a part of ANDVPA’s Creator Within event). Met some of my friends there and checked out the performances. I walked in this small theater late because I was waiting for a ride to the venue and tried to sneak in quietly. As I dart to a seat I hear “Charlie’s here. Hey everyone that is Lisa Charleyboy and I’d like you to meet her, say hi.” Jason Burnstick introduces me to the crowd. I wave, oops it does pay to be on time … Continued

this Magazine: Turning the lens on Aboriginal urbanites with "Concrete Indians"

Categories: Personal

THISCoverPage-SML  In case you haven’t heard on Twitter, Facebook, or Email … I have a profile in the November/December issue of this Magazine. The profile is on Nadya Kwandibens, owner of Redworks Studios, and outstanding Ojibwe photographer. The piece focuses on her ‘Concrete Indians‘ portrait series which explores Indigenous collective identity. This profile began out of me interviewing Nadya for a Red Cred profile for UNGS and turned into a piece for my feature writing class with Paul Mclaughlin at York University. He then submitted the article to the editor at this Magazine and I was selected to have my … Continued

Reel Injuns

Categories: Film + TV

Chief-Iron-Eyes-Cody_1Photo from the Friedman Archives Iron Eyes Cody as the “crying Indian” in the 1970s ‘Keep America Beautiful’ PSA Campaign Reel Injun was the opening night film of the 10th annual imagineNATIVE Film Festival this year. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to deadlines but I heard the film was a hit. The documentary by Cree Director Neil Diamond. Reel Injun is a retelling of the history of the Hollywood Indian. Embarking on a personal quest to deconstruct the image of the stoic Indian that dotted television screens all over the world,” as stated in the imagineNATIVE Film Festival … Continued

Cowichin Creations

Categories: Fashion

Picture-26      Sandra Simone of Haida Shoes has introduced Cowachin Creations by elder Elizabeth Harris on her website Haidashoes.com. Elizabeth is an elder from Cowachin Nation in Vancouver who has been knitting since she was a teenager as she was taught traditional knitting from her elders. Her designs are now a small collection, but it is sure to grow as demand grows for her works. She will have leggings for sale soon for $35 and as soon as there is a picture example up on the site, I am grabbing a pair to rock with some tights. Can you … Continued

Gift Guide for Children

Categories: Shopping

BabyBunterHere is a list of ten gift ideas that are UNGS approved for some glorious gift-giving this holiday season. Enjoy! 1. Powwow Baby Bunting by Pow Wow Baby*. $80 USD.  *NATIVE Business How adorable is this little bunting for your little bundle of joy? Great for cold weather and for the pow wow trail. 2. Children Mukluk by Manitobah Mukluk*. $160 CAD.*NATIVE Business If I had a little girl, she would be sporting these for the entire winter. I would probably buy outfits to coordinate the boots and she would live in a brown, grey, and pastel wardrobe. Seriously these … Continued

Gift Guide for Him

Categories: Shopping

Picture-10Here is a list of ten gift ideas that are UNGS approved for some glorious gift-giving this holiday season. Enjoy! 1. Demokratees T-Shirts by Ryan Red Corn*. $17.50 USD*NATIVE Business This hip t-shirts are sure to be a hit with the guy on your list from a teenager to in his 30s. He will feel pretty dope sporting these designs to the next Indigenous event he attends.  2. Shared Spirits Blanket by Pendleton Woolen Mills. $204 USD. This blanket is a great addition for an older man who everyone in the family loves. Get all the grandchildren to chip in … Continued

Gift Guide for Her

Categories: Shopping

Picture-3Here is a list of ten gift ideas that are UNGS approved for some glorious gift-giving this holiday season. Enjoy! 1. Ladies Canvas Deer Tote by Anya Hindmarch. $175 USD. This hot canvas bag is great for a girl-on-the-go who is witty, cheeky and likes to have fun. It is large enough to hold a netbook or perfect for the weekend shopping to the local market. 2. Orange Cremesicle Lip Gloss by Sequioa Soaps*. $12 CAD.   *NATIVE Business This lip gloss is yummy, I have tried a few of the Sequoia line, but this one has a delicious favour … Continued