On this episode of The Mix, The Moose Lake Dancers are from northern Manitoba and they treated us to their hot stepping style at the Asham Stompers Festival. Next, Mihirangi is a Maori artist that spins a unique web of words and sound. On one of the hottest weekends of the summer we ventured into the Okanagan valley and caught up with her at the Komasket Festival. Finally, Dennis Allan is a true northern son who draws on the strong storytelling tradition of his people in his country based blues. This summer he performed at Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife.
We learn the tricks of creating flames with an airbrush. Brian White's true passion is airbrushing fancy images on cars. This is his chance to put his personal touch on each of the vehicles he works on. While he is busy being an artist, the rest of the crew is rushing to get the final details together for the up coming Mad Mohawk Madness Day Car Show. Brian Dance, manager of Mad Mohawk, is calling as many people as he can to come to their annual car show, including the Buick Brothers from Kahnawake whom they admire. We meet Corey Diabo, the youngest Buick Brother turned rock star. Corey is the lead guitarist of Jonus, an award-winning Canadian band. His roots are grounded in cars and guitars. Duane continues detailing his prized GSX and shows off his ultimate engine block to return to the FAST track circuit. The Buick Brothers travel to the Mad Mohawk Madness Day Car Show and participate along with many other car lovers in the annual parade of unique cars. It is a day of pride for Mohawks. The Buick Brothers offer to help Brian White and give him tips on how to participate in the drag races held every year in Napierville in September. White has always dreamed of racing in the Napierville race, but is worried he doesn't know enough to participate. The two garage share their knowledge together.
The community of Wapos Bay is celebrating Kohkum Mary's nomination for a lifetime Aboriginal Accomplishment Award. Mushom, Jacob, Talon and T-Bear must go hunting a moose for the traditional honor feast. T-Bear helps an old hunter, Gabriel, who accidentally shoots and injures a mother moose with her young calf. They must track down the moose in order to save them both and restore balance to the environment.
For the first time, the Inuit and Dene games are being included as part of the 2007 Canada Winter Games held in Whitehorse. We follow two groups of athletes competing in both the Inuit and Dene Games, showing their cultural significance while re vealing the skill and agility required to compete in these amazing events. A dramatic finale ensues when two sisters-Robyn and Shawna McLeod, end up competing against each other for the gold medal at the Women's Stick Pull competition.
Justin Tommy is at the helm of the Tommy empire as his father, Matthew Tommy, remains unconscious from a gunshot wound in a heist at North Beach. John Eagle reminisces about his childhood friend and adversary and wonders if he can get past nearly losing Liz to Matthew Tommy. Barry is shocked when Claire gets zapped.
George adds some pizzazz to Moose TV with a game show, the mayor plots to win the money, and Megog the Destroyer gets his way. Alice makes advances towards Clifford.
8th fire is the importance of the spirit and dancing and teaching reflects the spirit in all of us. Speaks on special gifts and knowledge to them. His life ties into the native cultures and trials they had to endure in the early 60's. Sacred fire acts to inspire and a doorway entrance for the light for humans.Teacher of all natives and wants to explain to the youth how important it is how life is and the way it should be understood. Tells stories about the creator.
Borderlands is the story of Cahuilla artist Gerald Clarke's return to the Cahuilla reservation in Southern California. Gerald's performance art, satirizing television shows (e.g. Antiques Road Show and Extreme Makeover) highlight the dilemmas and incongruities of Native American life today is prominently featured in the film, along with interviews of Cahuilla tribal members, including elders, that center on the themes of mixed blood, adaptation to reservation life, and cultural identity.
The Huron language today survives primarily in hymns, religious texts, dictionaries and turn-of-the-century wax recordings - it is, to all extents and purposes, an extinct language. This episode looks at the historical roots of the language's demise, present-day efforts to rekindle it in spoken form, and the cultural significance and implications of language as a ceremonial artifact.
Coleen has a few weeks left to put in some serious training. Her knee is still bothering her but she gives it her best shot! Learn how to clean you house with organic housekeeping products. We have another fitness segment about the benefits of stretching before a walk and we end off with a short yoga class.
Come sing and dance with Bizou as she takes you on a picturesque journey into the wonderful world of moles, nature's cute little diggers.
Kai and Kayla learn Cree words for sun, moon, stars and sky and explore the wonders of space at the planetarium. Kai interviews Commander John Herrington, former astronaut and the first Aboriginal person to walk in space! Rising star Jonathan Todd sings his original song about the sun, moon and stars above us.
While Raven and Amber are obsessed with "The Lost Boys of the Transylvanian Twilight," a new movie sequel about vampires, a mysterious boy named Erimas shows up in Wapos Bay, attracting Raven's attention and Devon's jealousy. Devon recruits T-Bear and Talon to keep Raven from falling for the new boy, and save her from potentially becoming a vampire!
Bronson and Kimmy create cardboard masks and add a garage to their playhouse using recycled materials. Guest Grandma B talks about Lakota painting with Bronson on this episode of Art Zone.
This episode of Vitality Gardening is all about fertilizing. Join Coleen as she takes a soil test to see if her garden lacks any nutrients and learn how you can test your soil for acidic or alkaline.
Rising Son is the story of a young Ojibway man, Clarence Fisher who finds strength in his people's traditional ceremonies as a means to overcome his drug addiction and to make it in the film and TV industry.
This episode of Cooking With The Wolfman features Curried Caribou: Caribou curried with mini-red potatoes, served with a zucchini timbale and garlic and hot pepper bannock.
This episode of Creative Native features medicine stories; Tamara's mom creates button blankets and guest Ann Backer shares her fashion and art with Tamara.
First Talk introduces a panel that discusses "What Women Want"; then, we preview our favorite YouTube videos and, finally, give you helpful tips on buying a bike.
Narrated by Peter Coyote, FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL: ENDING JIM CROW IN ALASKA traces the Native Alaskan civil-rights movement. The film profiles the remarkable people behind the victories for citizenship, voting rights and school desegregation, including Alberta Schenck Adams ("Alaska's Rosa Parks") and Elizabeth Peratrovich, a unassuming young woman whose compelling testimony helped sway the Alaska State Senate to pass the first civil-rights bill since the Civil War. Blending re-enactments, rare and newly discovered historic footage and photographs, and interviews with tribal elders, FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL chronicles Alaska Natives' efforts to honor their heritage and leverage their future.
Arguably the most important figure in the world of contemporary Haida art, Robert Davidson stands alone on the world stage for his prodigious output of perfection, Robert developed an innovative approach to Haida art and set high cultural standards while he transformed himself from student to master in various media. He began practicing the songs and dances of his ancestors after raising the first totem pole in Haida Gwaii after decadeds of colonial control and prohibition of traditional Haida cultural activites. This action was made possible through the influence of his grandmother, Florence Edenshaw Davidson, the daughter of the 20th century master carver, Charles Edenshaw.
Hugh Dempsey' Historian/Author: Through marriage, Hugh Dempsey became interested in the history and cultural issues of the Blood people. Calvin Vollrath - Musician: From St. Paul, Alberta, Calvin is a teacher and a self taught, non music reading fiddle player. Calvin is a prolific writer of fiddle tunes, and has been awarded the title of World Champion Fiddler. He has released a number of CDs and has gone on tour with the likes of Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. April Mercredi - Painter: April, a Metis by birth, didn't start to paint until she was in her sixties and had retired. Along with vivid colours and expressions from the past, April uses natural elements like feathers, rocks and sticks in her artwork. She continues to find new elements to incorporate in her paintings. Bill Laferte - Elder: Metis Elder from Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, Bill encourages people to study who they are, where they are going, and to retain ones culture. He believes in our youth and encourages all to do so.
A Native American Lacrosse team faces issues travelling and competing in other countries because international airports don't recognize their own soverign nation or their passports.
Samaqan Water Stories- Purpose for development was for society to gain jobs and build an economy. Due to the pollution from the development, the community became down stream,down gradiant, and down air from the industries and it became the communities problems.
Waneek teaches the group the importance of team work in a race through the city. The Experts and Participants examine their journey and set goals for the future.
On the river, the Urban Natives are taken on a tour of the traditional territory, and told old stories connected to the land.
Talon and T-Bear are at odds about how to make a documentary on the history of Wapos Bay for the upcoming Treaty Day celebrations. Raven has difficulty trying to spend time with her mom, Sarah, and her dad, Alphonse.
In this episode of the Sharing Circle, our cameras travel to Reedy Creek and take a front row seat for this engaging celebration of the Metis culture. We spend time behind the scenes with Arnold Asham and share in his quest to bring a first class production to his friends and neighbours. We meet the people of Reedy Creek and learn about the impact the festival is having on their community. We take a close up look at the Stompers' youngest dancer, Michael "Slick" Harris and learn what drives this 7 year old phenom to dance and we join a spellbound a udience as The Stompers themselves take centre stage.
Justin finds a convenient distraction from his trials and tribulations of running the casino when Brody, a party hearty fellow, shows up at the casino dishing out a ton of charm and cash. Trevor seeks out Earline's sage advice on how to get his gift back. William Eastman confronts Barry about Claire. Aura tries to support Justin by following through on his request to visit Matthew.
Once again we follow the students on their long journey home. They are met at the Saskatoon Airport by their friends and family. They are tearful reunions and a lot of pride shown. Our students return to Oskayak like conquering heroes. They tell us what they saw, who they met and what they learned. They go on-line and thank their hosts and let them know they had a safe journey home. They invite them to come visit them. The students finish their documentary and a local theatre showcases it for them. They are the stars and the producers. Their friends and relations fill the seats and applaud their work. They feel older, more grown up and able to go into the world and succeed.
In "A Seat at the Drum", journalist Mark Anthony Rolo (Bad River Ojibwe) seeks to learn how Native Americans in Los Angeles preserve a tribal identity, survive economically and cope with the pressures of assimilation in a challenging metropolis. His personal quest to come to terms with these issues leads him to meet Native community leaders, Indians relocated from reservations, boarding school students, Native business leaders and single parent families whose stories typify the experiences of urban Indians. As these characters tell how Indians in Los Angeles create community and retain a connection to their tribes; choose whether their language and traditions are relevant in the modern world; cope with mounting social problems and declining social services; and develop business empires fueled by gaming profits, Rolo is propelled toward a reckoning with his own identity. Rolo finds that though relocated Indians seem to lose their tribal identity, indigenous California tribes such as the Gabrieleno/Tongva and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians strive to strengthen theirs. Original inhabitants of the LA Basin, the Gabrieleno/Tongva tribe grasp threads of their original birdsongs, traditional ways and history in an idealistic attempt to gain Federal recognition, and with that, the golden road that the Pechanga have achieved. The Pechanga, a dwindling band before the National Indian Gaming Act was passed, are now so prosperous that Governor Schwarzenegger looks to them and other gaming tribes to help bail out California debt. But what makes them Indian? Is a Federal I.D. number enough? Do the wealthy Indians bear responsibility for philanthropy toward the poor?
"Spiral of Fire" takes author LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) to the North Carolina homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to discover how their fusion of tourism, community, and cultural preservation is the key to the tribe's health in the 21st century. Along the way Howe seeks to reconcile her own identity as the daughter of a Cherokee father she never knew. Howe's journey of discovery leads her to one of the most beautiful places in America where Cherokees manage their own schools, hospitals, cable company, tourist attractions and multi-million dollar casino. Yet, despite these successes, diabetes is rampant, racism erodes self-confidence, and greed threatens to divide the community. "Spiral of Fire" reveals the forces at work to restore health to the tribe. Forces such as that of Joyce Dugan, former school superintendent and principal chief, who has been instrumental in cultural preservation efforts by leading the tribe to purchase Kituwah, the original "mother" town of the Cherokee. And Corey Blankenship,a student who led a campaign to convince legislators to pass a bill to allow a land exchange with the National Park Service that will provide a site for badly needed new schools. As well as James "Bo" Taylor, a young father who leads the movement to revitalize the Cherokee language, and traditional songs, dances and spirituality. Howe learns that a strong sense of community binds the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Their strong sense of identity comes from knowing their history, strengths and weaknesses, and coming to terms with them. This realization encourages Howe's desire to accept her Cherokee identity and to forgive an absent father.