Yearly Archives: 2012

Wahine: Warrior Princess Editorial

Categories: Fashion

Warrior1The fashion industry’s affinity for “tribal” things is insatiable. This editorial spread found in The Ones To Watch Magazine is entitled Wahine: Warrior Princess. In the intro to the issue, they state the following on their website: From the Far East to the Andes, our lives are so similiar and yet so different. In Issue #23, we wanted to bring a touch of other cultures to our editorials – from the iconic throwaway fashion of Taiwan [Made in Taiwan], the quintessentially British rock’n’roll subculture [New Boots], and the Peruvian Christmas tradition ofTakanakuy, to a little all-around exotica [Wahine / The Little Ethnic … Continued

My Xmas Wish List

Categories: Shopping

wish-list1In 2012 I left my cush full-time job to pursue a freelance career and while times in the year have been bountiful, there have been times where I have just enough cash to get a coffee. Yeah that brutal. But as I’ve been told by many successful entrepreneurs and artists is that sometimes you need to give it all up before you gain. And I finally gained the chutzpah to do just that this year which has been a real blessing. In that riches to rags and everything-in-between journey this year I’ve been able to live with less, a lot … Continued

Children’s Xmas Gift Guide

Categories: Shopping

xmas-gift-guide21Back by popular demand! Once again this year I’m bringing you the xmas gift guides with my top ten picks in each category. Here is the children’s gift guide. I’ve revamped my Pinterest boards where I collected all of my ideas before narrowing them down and posting so be sure to follow me on Pinterest to get all the goods! Learn the Alphabet Book. NativeNorthwest. $10 CAD (Native Made) Get the young one in your life addicted to Native art by using this book filled with beautiful northwest coast art to help little ones learn the alphabet. This is one of a … Continued

Manitobah Mukluks on eTalk

Categories: Fashion

ManitobahMukluks_TallClassicMuklukRecently Waneek Horn-Miller, an ambassador for Manitobah Mukluks, was featured on eTalk daily talking to fashion veteran, Jeanne Beker. The piece was recorded in Kahnawake Territory and features the mukluks, and also their importance to Aboriginal heritage and culture.  Mohawk fashion designer Tammy Beauvais is also featured talking about how “Beadwork is a labour of love” to Jeanne Beker. Now I haven’t had the chance to learn beadwork yet, but from all I have seen it surely requires a lot of patience and dedication. Now if you haven’t seen this giveaway I am hosting, be sure to check it out … Continued

Men’s Xmas Gift Guide

Categories: Shopping

xmas gift guideBack by popular demand! Once again this year I’m bringing you the xmas gift guides with my top ten picks in each category. Here is the male version of the gift guide so you can check out some gift ideas for the men in your life. Also, I’ve revamped my Pinterest boards where I collected all of my ideas before narrowing them down and posting so be sure to follow me on Pinterest to get all the goods! Translator Unleashed Tee. Virgil Ortiz. $22 USD (Native Made) I’ve had a close eye on Virgil Ortiz’s advertising and photo shoots all year and … Continued

Ladies Xmas Gift Guide

Categories: Shopping

xmas gift guideBack by popular demand! Once again this year I’m bringing you the xmas gift guides with my top ten picks in each category. To kick of the series, I will start with women because really aren’t we just shopping for ourselves most of the time anyways? I’ve revamped my Pinterest boards where I collected all of my ideas before narrowing them down and posting so be sure to follow me on Pinterest to get all the goods! Hand Painted Pottery Earrings. SheLah Nanabah Designs. $18 USD (Native Made) These pops of pink on the ears are fun and a little … Continued

Arctic Air Season 2

Categories: Film + TV

Arctic AirWhen Arctic Air initially aired on CBC it was the largest audience to watch a premiere episode in a new drama in over 20 years. More so than even North of 60. I watched it. I wanted to like it. I really did. Somehow I found myself slightly disengaged. I tried again on the second episode and still couldn’t get into it. Perhaps I had really high expectations since Adam Beach was on just about every billboard and bus stop in Toronto last January. Last month I took another shot at Arctic Air as it’s on Netflix Canada (you can watch … Continued

Crooked Arrows DVD Giveaway

Categories: Contests

Crooked Arrows Key Art BRCrooked Arrows, the lacrosse film akin to Mighty Ducks came out over a month ago on DVD. I wrote about that release right here. I have been following this movie since I first heard a whisper of it back in 2009, and I got to see the film in theaters in May. It is a great light-hearted, fun film that is really perfect for the entire family. I have  a Crooked Arrows prize pack just in time for the holidays. Of course it’s all in celebration of my five year blog anniversary this month! In this pack is: -A copy of the Crooked … Continued

It’s Raining Mukluks!

Categories: Contests

Tall MuklukThis month marks the five year anniversary of my blog. Yes, you read that right FIVE WHOLE YEARS. It’s quite crazy now that I actually take the time to remember my first posts way back in 2007 (which somehow didn’t make the transition from Blogspot to WordPress but I digress … ). It’s been a great ride and a real adventure as I’ve gotten to know so many of you that read this blog personally or online. I’ve also developed from my engagement with all of you and learning more about all the issues and topics relevant to all of … Continued

G(irls) 20 Summit

Categories: Native

G20 RussiaAre you an Aboriginal female between the ages of 18-20 that is passionate, forward thinking, and solution oriented ? Then the Girls 20 Summit is looking for you! Travel to Russia in 2013 to meet other young delegates from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European Union and the African Union.You will debate, discuss and design innovative ideas necessary to empower girls and women globally and present these to G20 Leaders. It’s an opportunity to engage and influence. VISION Our vision is for a world in which girls and women are empowered and able to participate fully in the economic … Continued

Elisapie is Traveling with her Love

Categories: Music

Elisapie1Elisapie’s new album Traveling Love has been on my Fall 2012 Rdio playlist since the release in early November. I first discovered her in 2010 when she released her first solo album. She’s 1/2 of the Juno award-winning group Taima who sings in Inuktuit, French, and English. Her music is kind of pop, kind of folk and reminds me of Lykke Li before her thrust into the International spotlight. Dubbed “Polar Pop” or “Arctic Electric” – I like that. “Love cannot be owned. It is something that is always moving, always flowing. That’s what I mean by ‘Travelling Love’.” Elisapie … Continued

War Paint, Really?

Categories: Fashion

War Paint SkirtI just got a PR email from Unique Vintage showcasing their latest “Splurge versus Steal” – “Get The Look for Less” – etc. etc. All par for the fashion fodder course, but then I saw a cute skirt … look up at the title and see WAR PAINT Sequin Skirt as the descriptor. So after I swallowed hard and clicked the link I found this: Yes you read that right. “Grab a spear and get to it. A fully sequined skirt …” Really? Perhaps they thought they were being clever getting away from using the word ‘Navajo’ in their title but … Continued

Aboriginal Aids Awareness Week 2012

Categories: Politics

AIDS Infographic 600World AIDS Day took place on December 1, which was the same day that the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network launched a national awareness campaign in Winnipeg on Saturday. Their goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. “It’s estimated that 390 Aboriginal people became infected with HIV, so basically one Aboriginal person per day becomes HIV infected in Canada,” says Art Zoccole, the chair of the Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network to CTV. In Manitoba, it’s worse, 27% of HIV cases were among Aboriginal people, as stated in the CTV piece. In Saskatchewan, 58% of the HIV cases … Continued

Tamara Podemski

Categories: Film + TV

TamaraPodemskiTamara on the 2012 TIFF red carpet for Lesser Blessed. During imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival I caught up with Tamara Podemski, who is currently based out of London (thats England not Ontario …) over the phone to talk to her about her latest film, Lesser Blessed, for CBC News. It was during this conversation that we had a chance to not only talk about Lesser Blessed, but also about her experience as a Native actor. With almost 20 years behind her, she’s seen and heard a lot. Most notably it was her impressions on the reality of being a … Continued

Adam Beach Film Institute

ABFIPhoto from Adam Beach Film Institute website My journey into the film & television world began in 2008 when I worked as a Programming Coordinator for imagineNATIVE FIlm & Media Arts Festival. It was there that I was introduced to the wonders of Indigenous cinema. I met directors, producers, and actors and was immediately enchanted with this wonderful corner of cinema. Fast forward four years and I’m acting, have developed and pitched a TV show, and I’m now interested in screenwriting. But how does one get further ahead in film and television to be able to tell stories without a … Continued