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SHHHH! Secret Electric Pow Wow at Aboriginal Music Week

Categories: Events, Music, Native

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Alright, so maybe we’re not the best at keeping secrets; we just don’t want you to miss out!

The not-so-secret deets:

Wednesday, August 21st at the Kings Head Pub

Tickets are $20

Only 200 are available and they must be purchased at the ‪#‎AMW2013‬ shows at the Pyramid Cabaret August 16, 17, and 18th.

Make sure you’re at those shows to snag tickets!

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The fifth annual Aboriginal Music Week will feature 10 concerts with performances by 25 Indigenous artists from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The festival is set for August 16 – 21 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Tickets can be purchased online at aboriginalmusicweek.ca and in-store at the Canadian Plains Gallery (Suite 106-181 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg).

Festival Passes are available online for $65 at aboriginalmusicweek.ca.

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AMW 2013 Lineup

AMW on Facebook

SEEKING Youth Submissions: HOME

Categories: Books, Health, Native, Politics

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I’m co-editing a book with Annick Press about Indigenous youth called The Things That Shaped Us. As a part of this book we will be exploring the concept of HOME.

What we are looking for:

-Pictures, poems, artwork, and quotes from Native American, First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth (under the age of 35) that explore the concept and feeling of home

-An artist statement (150 words or less)

-Please email to lisa@lisacharleyboy.com before August 30, 2013 *UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

What the book is about:

The book is intended to educate and inform high school students about the Indigenous youth experience in both Canada and the US. It will be sold through the educational systems and in bookstores and will be treated in a fun and interesting way so that the students can relate. The style will be like that of a zine, so it’s new and fresh in it’s approach and I’m very excited to be a part of it.

Kesh X American Apparel NYC

Categories: Fashion

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Jolene Chee (Navajo) is a fashion designer based out of New York City originally from Pinon, Arizona. She has studied at the Fashion Institue of Design and Merchandising in LA and Business Management at the Northern Arizona University. She is currently the owner/designer of her own line Cheef Culture, and a Freelance Assistant Design & Development at Ann Taylor Inc. You can connect with Jolene on Twitter @CheefCulture

 

NYC summer is in full throttle with a humid heat wave. After work last Wednesday, I hopped on the even hotter, subway to the Lower East Side (LES) . This is the time of year I am thankful for my Native stick straight hair. Once I got out, I felt that gritty energy the LES is known for. I am heading to American Apparel for the capsule collection release party of KESH’s collaboration with the popular line. This is not KESH’s first collab, she also designed a collection for London based Topman. KESH is a digital designer from London. She now has a studio in LA where she debuted her first showing called ME.ME.ME. full of black and white geometrically graphic fun. She has a fan base that includes Jeremy Scott and Kanye West.

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Walking into American Apparel I was slammed with this energy of attitude. Seriously, an array of attitudes of punks, hipsters, skateboarders, rockers … and I, were gathering in this store. Coming straight from work I was in simple work attire. I needed a whole new look to go with the funky fresh tunes the DJ was playing. Note to self: always have an extra outfit at the office because you never know what event NYC may present.

Clothes Rack

KESH’s collection was eye popping. Black and white graphic eye shapes on everything from underwear, t-shirts, leggings, dresses, board shorts, jackets, caps and bikinis. It was very simple but very impactful (I dug it). I can’t wait to get my hands on the crop halter top. It will go fabulously with my long flowy black skirt with high slits and black cage sandals. This summer heat would require a high bun, bronzer and red lips. The store was very busy with fans and press.

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I was finally able to catch up with her to take a picture and chat about her line. She is very beautiful, with a distinctive look: Malaysian/Trinidadian descent, tall, big eyes and bold lips (No wonder why she is her own muse). Her collection is inspired by her first show ME.ME.ME. Her eye, in a simple graphic design, is printed on all the pieces. The OPEN eye represents awareness. I think that this is important messaging, as we all need to be aware and have impact in our lives because it affects everyone as a collective. Word.

Seeking #IdleNoMore Youth

Categories: Politics

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I’m co-editing a book with Annick Press about Indigenous youth called The Things That Shaped Us and as a part of this book we want to have a four page spread showcasing the voices of youth activists who are/were involved in #IdleNoMore.

What we are looking for:

-Pictures, poems, artwork, and quotes from Native American, First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth (under the age of 35) who participated/are participating in the #IdleNoMore movement

-Please answer one of these three questions with a three sentence answer with your submission:

  1. Why did you choose to participate in Idle No More?
  2. How do you think your participation in Idle No More can make a difference?
  3. How did you participate in Idle No More?

-Please email to lisa@lisacharleyboy.com before August 5, 2013

What the book is about:

The book is intended to educate and inform high school students about the Indigenous youth experience in both Canada and the US. It will be sold through the educational systems and in bookstores and will be treated in a fun and interesting way so that the students can relate. The style will be like that of a zine, so it’s new and fresh in it’s approach and I’m very excited to be a part of it.

Photo Credit:

Photo by Yolande Cole of Georgia Straight.

A Preview for A/W ’13 Brit Style

Categories: Fashion

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GUEST BLOGGER: Jolene Cheef

Jolene Chee (Navajo) is a fashion designer based out of New York City originally from Pinon, Arizona. She has studied at the Fashion Institue of Design and Merchandising in LA and Business Management at the Northern Arizona University. She is currently the owner/designer of her own line Cheef Culture, and a Freelance Assistant Design & Development at Ann Taylor Inc. You can connect with Jolene on Twitter @CheefCulture

 

Fashion preview time! Last week I was able to attend an intimate viewing of four UK A/W ’13 lines, by an event hosted by the UK retail company Arcadia Group (most known for Topshop). The purpose of this preview is to expose us to their other brands that will be sold in the United States end of this year or early next year. The Brits are invading once again, only this time with FASHION. This event took place at the Bryant Park Hotel on the 24th floor. I have always admired the hotel from afar. It is a black building with gold trimming, very art deco. I was very happy to finally see it from the inside and what better reason than for fashion.

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The first rack I hit up was the Miss Selfridge line, which was heavily influenced by the Great Gatsby movement that is taking over the fashion world. Their pieces ranged from very feminine to edgy feminine. Sequins and beading galore! Their accessories were just as fancy. My fave piece was the cut-out halter dress with heavy embellishment, I don’t know where I would wear it to, but I will create an event just to wear it! Gatsby pow-wow anyone? All this beading and fringe would certainly fit in.

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Then I approached the Wallis rack, which was very rock & roll glam. This collection was more about the clean silhouettes, played up by textures of knits and appliqués. Gunmetal studs in geo designs on simple silhouettes kept the looks very refined. I could definitely see myself rocking these pieces to work, date night, girl’s night … every night!

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Dorothy Perkins is a more polished and refined line that speaks to your inner preppy. I can see myself wearing their plaid full circle skirt, with the embellished sweater, topped off with their structured coat. I know summer just started but this makes me want to start building my wardrobe for NYC fall. I find this line very cozy for coffee outings. I was really excited about their geo clutches that will add that certain something to any outfit.

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The last collection was Evans, which is made up by mini brands targeted toward the fuller figured woman. They had sleeker silhouettes driven by prints and touches of embellishments. There is that certain customer who can do without all that pizzazz, but I felt it could have used a wee bit more (but that’s just me, ha ha). I did love the range of fabrics used in their collection. The top pieces were flowy and relaxed, very comfortable. The bottom pieces were more structured and tailored. I liked this balance.

All in all, this was a fab event. I need these pieces to fill my closet now. All lines spoke to an array of women and could be worn to many occasions and most importantly won’t break your wallet.

ShopIndigenous.ca Seeking Artists

Categories: Fashion

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I love supporting Native artists and artisans, and I try to as often as I can. Sometimes it can be hard to find the artists that sell online though, so when I heard about ShopIndigenous.ca I was immediately excited about the idea and happy to share the message. Heather Abbey is a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan based entrepreneur who is launching ShopIndigenous.ca, which is an e-commerce site for Indigenous artisans. Yes, like Etsy for Native artists. Forget swimming that “Native American” tag to only be aghast.

There will be 24 categories and sub-categories for artisans to post in including regalia, beadwork, music, literature, designs, carvings, and accessories. This is going to be a site that’ll be easy to use for both sellers and buyers.

But before the big launch date of September 7, 2013 they need artisans to get their goods online. Email artisans@ShopIndigenous.ca for further inquiries, or to sign up for the newsletter. Not an artisan, but excited for the launch? Sign up for the newsletter at artisans@ShopIndigenous.ca or like them on Facebook here - https://www.facebook.com/ShopIndigenous.ca.

I, for one, am very excited for the launch of this new site as I’ve seen so many great artists who have amazing talent and product but haven’t started up their own online site yet. This is a fantastic way to create a hub for Native artists and those looking for authentic made Native artwork and items. Hokah!

Sean Howard Shoot

Categories: Fashion

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A few weeks back I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with Sean Howard Photography with Summer Garcia as the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist. The day was packed full of three outfits where an Indigenous designer was featured with each look. We all had a ton of fun working together and it was an absolute pleasure to have this opportunity.

Sean made me very comfortable in front of the camera and had me laughing a ton all day long. Summer did a fabulous job of creating different makeup looks while we were on the fly, sitting in the back of a van all pow wow style. I’m so blessed to have had this opportunity to showcase some of these great designers!

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 Spirit Rubber Boots by Corey Moreas

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iYellow Wine Club Presents ’54 Wines 1 Summer Solstice’

Categories: Events

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When I got the press invite from iYellow Wines to their #54wines event in Liberty Village it was a nob-brainer that I had to attend. I first went to one of their tutored tastings at Drake Hotel in 2010, and went last year for my first Niagara vineyard tour last fall (check out that post right hurrr). Needless to say, I simply always have a  great time at their events, and this last one was no exception …

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Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 4.43.25 PMI brought out my favourite drinking partner friend Kateryna (founder and editor of Quip Magazine) and we were off to the races! The event was outdoors in that Liberty Village courtyard near the Brazen Head. We started out in the open area only to discover that there was an ENTIRE other area in the laneway. We were realizing that we had to really start prioritizing our tastings as we had only two hours at the event. There was that many wines to try, hence the #54Wines hashtag, but I digress …

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We both mowed on these delicious tacos and made friends with the couple behind us. That’s the other thing about iYellow events, everyone is always so friendly! I ran into my neighbour there, and this amazing woman Andrea Carini who I met while being interviewed by Lisa Living last week. What a small world!

We were both fully stoked when we saw Chateau des Charmes at the event. It is by far my favourite vineyard, and it turned out to be Kateryna’s as well. We are both so much same same. It is a gorgeous boutique vineyard and has my absolute favourite sparkling wine in the world. Seriously stock up when you see it at your LCBO, it’s divine.

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Well I couldn’t think of a better way to get my Summer Solstice started and on National Aboriginal Day! The evening was followed by A Tribe Called Red at the Opera House where I got sweaty and danced my face off. That’s why I’m wearing my Savage Rose earrings so I can showcase an Aboriginal designer everywhere I went.

Oh and if you’re thinking of trying the next iYellow Wine Club event, it’s a Prince Edward County wine tour on July 7th. A bus picks you up in Liberty Village, you go to two vineyard tastings sandwiched by a beach trip, a lunch with wine and a fun bus ride to be enjoyed by all for only $125. It’s a great way to try out a vineyard without the worry of renting and driving a car. Win win. Hip hip. Chin chin.

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Aboriginal Music Week 2013 Lineup

Categories: Music

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The fifth annual Aboriginal Music Week will feature 10 concerts with performances by 25 Indigenous artists from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The festival is set for August 16 – 21 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Digging RootsDerek MillerC-Weed BandLeela GildayDJ ShubWanbdiLeonard SumnerIndian CityGhostkeeper,DJ Javier EstradaNick Sherman, Clap Pina,  DJ Kiss, Jackson 2bears, Namowan, DJ Rahdil, DJ Miss Vee, Eagle & HawkThe D’Aoust BrothersNorman Chief Memorial Dancers w/ Alex Lamoureux, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Young Medicine, Kim Erickson, and Arthur Renwick will be performing.

“We’re working with some great community partners and taking the music to some of the neighbourhoods in Winnipeg that don’t usually get to participate in festivals,” said Alan Greyeyes, festival chairperson.

“Winnipeg is jam-packed with festivals but there are a number of families that can’t afford to buy tickets or drive out to festival venues, so we’re going to produce a couple of big and free concerts for inner city communities,” said Greyeyes. The new community partners include Picnic in the Park; Spence Neighbourhood Association; Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad; University of Winnipeg; and, Winnipeg Folk Festival.

“With our new partners we are hoping to increase overall attendance at the festival by 2,000 people this year,” said Greyeyes. Festival attendance was close to doubling from 2011 to 2012 with just under 5,700 people taking in shows.

Tickets will go on sale on July 2. Advance purchases can be made online at aboriginalmusicweek.ca and in-store at the Canadian Plains Gallery (Suite 106-181 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg).

Festival Passes are available online for $65 at aboriginalmusicweek.ca.

Supernault Status

Categories: Film + TV

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Roseanne Supernault (Cree/Metis – East Prairie Metis Settlement) first got her start acting as a teenager when she went to an Edmonton open casting call for Peter Pan and came very close to winning the role of Tiger Lily. She didn’t get the role, but she did land an agent and she also knew in that moment that there was nothing else for her to do but to pursue a career in acting. “The first time I acted, I fell in love,” she says.

And the camera loves her back just as much. Supernault just finished filming the third season of the popular Aboriginal People’s Television Network drama, Blackstone. She plays Natalie Stoney, daughter of Gail, played by Gemini Award winning Actor Michelle Thrush. Her performance in this role has already earned her two Best Actress Awards at the Alberta Film and TV Awards, with three nominations in total.

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It’s the powerful women who work beside Supernault on Blackstone that truly inspire her. “It’s strong and spirited women like that who I look up to and model myself after. Those are the kind of women we need to see on the big screen consistently,” she says. “I want to see Native women playing leading roles and heroines. I want little Nehiyaw iskwēw (Cree girls) to go to the movies and look at the big screen and see themselves and feel beautiful, empowered, and respected.”

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And that must be precisely why she started Next Gen, which lead acting workshops for Indigenous youth based out of Vancouver, BC. “I love working with youth and with my people, plus I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. Next Gen has been percolating in my being for quite some time, and after a succession of events, it transpired,” she says. “I didn’t want to wait until I was 30 or 40 to start sharing what I know with my people and help them on their journey.”

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Her advice to youth that want to become an actor is to chase their dream and believe that it can really happen. “If you want to be an actor, then do it. Search out teachers, acting classes, acting workshops, and theatre. Find a hero or role model and figure out what they did to get where they are. If you want to succeed at something, ask someone who’s done it,” she says. “What you put out in the Universe will come back to you. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t follow your dreams. I can’t tell you how many times well-meaning people have told me to go to school and have a back-up plan, but I just stayed focused on my dream and vision and worked very hard at it, and that got me where I am today.”

“My hero Louis Riel had a prophecy… ‘My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.’ I’ve observed this prophecy coming to fruition over the past few years,” she says. “So, it’s truly a selfless endeavor; I want to see my people rise.”

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Roseanne Supernault has been active in the Idle No More Movement, as her father is involved in Native politics, she is no stranger to the political scene. “What’s pretty interesting too, is seeing the parallels and contrasts between the African American Civil Rights Movement in the ‘60s and our American Indian Movement and onto today’s Idle No More,” she says. “There was a massive entertainment movement with our Black brothers & sisters in pop culture, and I feel that now too it is our time as Native people to have that entertainment movement in pop culture.”

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Roseanne is headed to Shanghai today to attend the 16th Annual Shanghai Film Festival where her latest film, MAÏNA, is screening and up for a Golden Goblet award. The film is about an Innu tribe battling the Inuit, and the daughter MAÏNA, (played by Supernault) of the Grand Chief goes on a mission to the Land of Ice to find her son held in captivity. Graham Greene plays her father, and Eric Schweig as her Captor in this film. She says that this film was the most challenging for her as an actor. “The whole film is done in Innu Cree and Inuktitut, and being the lead I had the most lines in the movie. I’ve heard Cree all my life so I developed an ear for the music & flow of it, but in no way am I fluent … yet. Plus, Woodlands Cree is a very different dialect than Innu Cree, but I found similarities between the two and so played off my strengths.”

“As an actor, conveying the story and my character’s journey was challenging because I was speaking words I consistently did not know the meaning to, and so had my work cut out for me,” she says. “Eventually I got the hang of it and actually found a freedom in it.” Roseanne Supernault has found a freedom through following her dream pursuing a career in acting. She has never let the stereotypes, or the limited amount of roles for Native women slow her down. “I have faith that change is coming and if we keep doing what we’re doing, good things will come to our people. “

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Roseanne Supernault on Twitter

Roseanne Supernault’s Facebook Page

Next Gen Acting Workshops

Photo Credits

Top photo by Thosh Collins

Blackstone photo from Blackstone TV Facebook Page

Next Gen photo from Next Gen website

Idle No More photo from Roseanne Supernault Facebook Page (Photo credit: Lloyd K. Barnes Photography)

MAÏNA photo from Eric Shweig’s fan blog

Roseanne daisy photo by Thosh Collins

KORRES Yoghurt Product Giveaway

Categories: Beauty, Contests

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Greek Yoghurt is really popular for all of the nutritionistas out there. High protein and creamy taste. Check. Let’s not think about the waste. But one whey to get a good dollop of the yoghurt while being eco-conscious, is to consider using it on your face.

KORRES is a Greek line that is founded in homeopathy and combined with  innovation, they selects naturally-derived ingredients to craft beauty products that make you smell and feel great.

Recently I got the chance to try out KORRES Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream and the After-Sun Cooling Gel. Okay, well I didn’t get to try out the cooling gel properly because there hasn’t been quite enough sunshine as of late …

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But I digress, I did try out the face cream and I’m already in a heavy like. I was using coconut oil as a face moisturizer (a Joyous Health holistic beauty tip), which always left me feeling pretty greasy. This facial cream moisturizes immediately but then quickly dries on the skin to a nice matte finish, which is perfection for the warmer months when you want to apply your foundation and not have to blot down your skin! My face still feels moisturized all the same. Props.

This facial cream retails for about $32 and can be purchased at Sephora right here.

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While I haven’t had a chance to really test out the After Sun Cooling Gel, I’ve kept it stored away in my fridge for just the next time I spend too long soaking up the rays at  Trinity Bellwoods Park. This is made with real edible yoghurt, but I’d save this one for your skin. 

This KORRES After Sun Cooling Gel is available for about $31 and can be purchased online at KORRES Canada here. I’ve also noticed KORRES at Shopper’s Drug Mart lately too, so you can pick it up while you get laundry detergent. So convenient.

Contest Deets (for Canadian residents only):

—> To win both the KORRES Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream and the After Sun Cooling Gel to try out this summer, click the link below to enter your email address to win.

—> Contest closes at midnight Tuesday June 10, 2013 and the winner will be notified by email.

Good luck!

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Moccasin Magic

Categories: Fashion

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The weather in Toronto has been totally weird lately. Well I guess that’s what it’s like everywhere these days with climate change. Anywhoo, it’s kind of warm and kind of cool these days, but at least there’s sunshine in my life. My outfit here is my new Manitobah Mukluk Paddle Grain Moccasins in stone, Citizens of Humanity denim shorts, a T n A fake Cowichan sweater,  classic Carrera sunglasses, and these silver round earrings that I got from Winners.

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The earrings remind me of the decals on pow wow dancers belts or like a shield. I love this fake Cowichan sweater, but one day I hope to discover an authentic one that fits me just right. I should probably spend more time in the west.

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My new moccasins are super comfortable and I’m so happy to have a pair of shoes that I can run around the city in and not worry about my feet. I do a lot of walking and as cute as wedges and heels are, they are simply not practical for more than a few hours.

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Photos by Keesic

Native Photo A Day June 2013 Edition

Categories: Contests, Native

#NAHM2013PhotoADay Challenge

As many of you know in Canada, June is National Aboriginal History Month in Canada. In celebration of this, Urban Native Girl has teamed up with the Regina Aboriginal Professional Association (RAPA) to bring back the #NativePhotoADay!

This challenge is taking place from June 1 – June 30, 2013. Take a photo that works with the theme of the day and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and label it “Day #: theme word) #NAHM2013PhotoADay“. Need some inspiration, check out the tag on Tumblr here. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Here are a few examples for you …

Archery Example

Day 30: Archery #NAHM2013PhotoADay

Chief Example

Day 6: Chief #NAHM2013PhotoADay

PLUS, there are PRIZES to be won! Of course, that makes it even more fun. So join in and get your friends to have some fun taking NDN photos with you too.

Contest Deets

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Men’s Prize: Shana Lonechild Sean John custom beaded tie & Tanya Yuzicappi Lanyard

UPDATE: Congrats to Deanna Belhumeur for winning this prize pack!

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Women’s Prize: Tracy Toulouse Purse  & Brandi Pasap Earrings

UPDATE: Congrats to Penni King for winning this prize pack!

#1) Prize Pack 1  for both men and women from Regina Aboriginal Professional Association! To take part email at least three of your photos from the month between June 26- July 3 at rapanetwork@gmail.com. One male and one female will be selected to win the corresponding prize pack.

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#2) Women’s T-Shirt from Foxxy Styles (Thanks Hiro Chavez!). To be eligible for this prize you’ve got to tag your Twitter post with #NAHM2013PhotoADay during the month of June. Prize winner will be contacted July 1st via Twitter.

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UPDATE: :Congrats to @DocsandMoccs for winning the T-shirt. Thanks for all the active Twitter participation!Canoe Suede Moccasins 450

#3) Women’s Canoe Suede Moccasin from Manitobah Mukluks (Thanks Manitobah!). To win this contest, you must post your Day 24: Moccasin post on Instagram with the hashtag #NAHM2013PhotoADay and we will notify the winner via Urban Native Girl’s Instagram on June 25 at 12 PM. You’ve got to follow @UrbanNativeGirl on Instagram and reply to the post to claim the prize!!

Update: Congrats to @chaosstar99 for winning a pair of Manitobah moccasins for her photo on Instagram!

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All winners will be announced on this post on July 5, 2013.

*Contest only open to North American residents

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Don’t forget to check out RAPA’s National Aboriginal History Month event listing here.

Graphic created by Hiro Chavez.

Lesser Blessed Opening in Theatres

Categories: Contests, Film + TV

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The Lesser Blessed, a film based on a Richard Van Camp novel of the same name,  is gearing up for it’s theatrical release this Friday in Toronto and  in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton on June 7th. You might remember that I covered it for CBC Arts when this film when it closed the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. It also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last fall.

What stuck with me the most about this film was the isolation, the loneliness and the starkness of the entire film. It follows young Larry Sole as he struggles through his high school experiences. The trauma that runs through the character is deep and is rarely touched upon in films.

The Lesser Blessed is written and directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Anita Doron and has a mostly Canadian cast including Chloe Rose (Degrassi), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga), Benjamin Bratt, Tamara Podemski as Verna Sole and Joel Evans as Larry Sole.

In a recent Canadian Press interview, Bratt stated the following:

“What was equally important to me as an actor was to be a part of a story that … portrayed the Native community in a way that you rarely, if ever, get a chance to see in cinema, or even in mainstream media period.” Benjamin Bratt said during a round of TIFF interviews.

“Because we are all so familiar with that dysfunction that exists within the community, I felt it was my duty, really, as a Native person, to portray a character who was in fact the opposite of what that perception is. Because we do exist.” Benjamin Bratt

Bratt’s mother is Peruvian Indigenous which shaped his upbringing in San Fransisco, where he was raised surrounded by the Native American community.

“So much of my childhood was influenced by native cosmology and growing up within the community and being dragged to the northwest and southwest, going to ceremonies and powwows and protests,” he says.

The Contest Deets

I’ve got 4 prize packs to give away! Each include a double run-of-engagement movie pass good at any Cineplex Theatre showing the film in Canada during the run of the film (after opening weekend) – so they can be used in Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, or Montreal and a signed copy of the book. Sweet deal right?

To WIN:

—> Like Urban Native Girl on Facebook

—> Share this image on Facebook

I’ll draw on Thursday, May 30, at 8 PM EST and announce on the UNG Facebook page. Good luck! 

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The Lesser Blessed Site 

The Lesser Blessed on Facebook

North West Coast Style Sunnies

Categories: Contests, Fashion

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As I’m sure you dear readers know, I’m pretty much obsessed with all things North West Coast Style. Seriously. It’s an addiction,  but thankfully not quite an affliction. But, it’s MAJOR.

These unisex sunglasses by NorthWest Coast Gifts are right up my alley. Are they up yours? Want to snag a pair of your very own? Just think how dope they’d look while you’re cruising through those outdoor pow wows looking for the best bannock.

They come in seven different colourways, and each pair is designed by a different artist (including Corey Bulpitt). The pink one above is designed by Ben Houstie (Heiltsuk) and each pair has a UV 400 lens, and comes in a black pouch. All that for just … $16 CAD. I’m not even kidding. How’s that for value?

The Contest Deets

—-> Check out the sunglass lineup here

—-> Comment below on which colour you like

That’s it. That’s all. I’ll draw a winner and announce on this post on Friday, May 31 at 1:00 PM EST.

*Contest is open to North American residents only.

Update (05.31.13 8:05 PM): Congratulations to Sarah Skeesh for winning the glasses! She chose Teal. I’m emailing her right now :).

Update (05.31.13 8:15 PM): Redraw! Guys you got to put in a valid email address for me to contact you! The NEW winner is Tonya Parenteau. She chose pink.

Update (06.03.13 10:58 PM): Redraw! Tonya hasn’t replied to my email … The NEW NEW winner is Leslie McCue. S