Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study by Michael Sheyashe
|examine the serious side of american indians in comic books with author sheyahshe
WHY IS IT SO COMMON for American Indians to exist only as stereotypes in comic books, and why does this portrayal of Native people persist in this form? Find out at Michael Sheyahshe's lecture
related to his book Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study
on Thursday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the IAIA Library and Technology Center Auditorium, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Sheyahshe (Caddo) will sign copies of his book
on Friday, April 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts located in downtown Santa Fe at 108 Cathedral Place. Both events are free and open to the public.Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study
is a thorough examination and critique of Indigenous cultural representation in American popular culture. It takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader. It addresses a range of portrayals, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels to formulaic secondary characters and sidekicks and occasionally, protagonists sans paternal white hero, examining how and why Native Americans have been consistently marginalized and misrepresented in comics.
Chris Teuton of World Literature Today says "As a groundbreaking work in the study of the depiction of Native Americans in the medium of comics, Native Americans in Comic Books
is a welcome addition to the fields of Native American studies and popular culture studies."
Michael A. Sheyahshe has written for Illusions
Magazine, Native Peoples
and Games for Windows: The Official Magazine
. A cum laude double BA degree holder, he is a trustee of the Caddo Nation's Heritage Museum and is enrolled in an MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA
For more information about these events, which were made possible with the support of New Mexico Arts, please contact Michael Sheyahshe at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call Ryan Rice at 505.428.5922.
W. Richard West, Suzan Shown Harjo, and Dr. N. Scott Momaday
|ancestors, museums and native representations - an ongoing conversation ON TUESDAY, APRIL 27 AT 2:30 p.m., join us for an intimate discussion entitled Ancestors, Museums and Native Representations - An Ongoing Conversation, about the struggles, controversies and triumphs concerning Native American representation in the media, popular culture, museums and the law with three of the most influential Native American leaders of our day Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee), Dr. N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) and W. Richard West, Esq. (Cheyenne).
Harjo, Momaday and West will reflect on the 20th Anniversary of the National Museum of the American Indian and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The presentation includes discussion about their combined, multi-year efforts to achieve the NMAI and repatriation laws in 1989 and 1990. There will be time at the end of the presentation for audience Q&A, followed by a reception with light refreshments.
Suzan Shown Harjo is a poet, writer, curator and advocate. She has helped Native peoples protect many sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land. The first Vine Deloria, Jr. Distinguished Indigenous Scholar (University of Arizona, 2008), Harjo also was the first Native woman to receive the Montgomery Fellowship (Dartmouth College, 1992) and was awarded unprecedented back-to-back fellowships as a 2004 School of Advanced Research Scholar and Poetry Fellow.
N. Scott Momaday is recognized as one of the premier writers in the United States. In 1969, his novel House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer prize for fiction, and he became the first Native American to receive that award. Momaday is known primarily for his novels and poetry collections that communicate the oral legends of the Kiowa people. He founded and operates the Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit organization working to preserve Native cultures.
W. Richard West, Jr., is Founding Director
(1990-2007) and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution's National
Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Among his myriad memberships and affiliations, West currently
serves as Vice President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) as well as on the boards of the Ford Foundation, National
Conservation System Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Bacone College.
This event is sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts with support from New Mexico Arts, and will take place at the IAIA Library and Technology Center Auditorium, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Please contact Guin White at 505.428.5909 or email@example.com for more information.
Gracias Coyote (detail), Irvin Morazan, 20x30, ink jet archival print
|i didn't cross the border, the border crossed me WHEN THE UNITED STATES WAS founded hundreds of years ago, Indigenous communities
were presented with new and arbitrarily drawn borders within their ancestral
homelands. A group exhibit, I Didn't Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me, at the
Native Arts' Store and Lloyd Kiva New Gallery will investigate the impact these borders have
had on Native people.
physical and cognitive constructions of the United States/Canada and United
States/Mexico border have created multidimensional divisions in society
associated with nationality, physical borders, family, identity, sovereignty,
regional attitudes, human rights, documentation and more. Gallery Associate,
Institute of American Indian Arts' alumnus and show organizer Bradley Pecore
says the show will investigate these
"...varied perspectives regarding traditional lands and current national
boundaries in the modern day Indigenous reality."
The exhibit opens with a free public reception on Saturday, April 17
noon to 2:00
p.m. at the Museum of
Native Arts, 108
Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, and
will continue until May 23. As with all Museum Store shows, art work is
sale, and proceeds go to the artists and the Museum.
artists include Kimberly Hargrove, Hector Ruiz, Mike Zillioux, Irvin Morazan,
Fausto Fernandez, Keary Rosen, David Sloan, Luis Gutierrez and Bob Haozous.
Terry and Autumn Gomez are creating a special performance art piece for the
exhibit's opening on April 17. For more
information, call 505.983.1666.
Maria Vagatova, Native Siberian writer, courtesy of Susan Scarberry-Garcia
|from siberia to santa fe: threads of kinship are sewn at iaia THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN Arts hosts a creative cultural
exchange, "Threads of Kinship: Dialogues with Native Siberian Writers"
during the second week of April. Two of the events that week are free
and open to the public: a reading on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at
IAIA's Library and Technology Center Auditorium and a roundtable
discussion on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at IAIA's Center for
Lifelong Education Commons Room, 83 Avan
Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Both events feature Native Siberian writers Yeremai Aipin
(Khanty), Maria Vagatova (Khanty), Yuri Vaella (Forest Nenets), with
scholar/translator Dr. Alexander Vaschenko of Moscow State University
along with Native American writers N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), James
Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), Evelina Zuni Lucero (Isleta
Pueblo/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos), d.g. nanouk okpik (Inupiat-Inuit) and
Sherwin Bitsui (Diné). Andrew Wiget will join in on the roundtable
discussion on April 15, as well. "Threads of Kinship" has been made
possible by the Lannan Foundation.
The exchange promises to open new dialogues about the striking and
enduring parallels between Indigenous peoples' literature, arts and life
ways in North America and Russia. In the last decade there has been an
unprecedented amount of writing being done by Indigenous authors in the
United States, Canada and Russia; however, due to historical and
political circumstances, seldom could these writers speak directly to
their counterparts across the planet. Now that this exchange is
possible, valuable discussions about the struggles of maintaining
traditional ways of life, languages and lands amid the onslaught of
globalization will be carried forth through poets and storytellers.
"Threads of Kinship" will inspire students and members of American
Indian communities through the unique dialogue about similarities that
nourish-through oral tradition and ritual practice-youth who are seeking
direction in their own life journeys. Related initiatives are a
forthcoming book The Way of Kinship: An Anthology of Native Siberian
Literature and a documentary film Voices of Kinship: N. Scott Momaday's
Journeys to Siberia.
For more information, please call 505.424.2365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about IAIA, please visit www.iaia.edu.
Ester Lopez, IAIA student and collection move volunteer
|volunteers and donors champion collection move
THANKS TO SOME MUCH NEEDED help from marvelous community volunteers, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts continues to makes headway with the relocation of its 7500+ piece collection, the National Collection of Contemporary American Art.
Several large paintings have already made their way to the new collection facility at IAIA's campus with pottery, ceramics and sculpture soon to follow.
Along with assistance from volunteers, several generous donors have stepped up to help with the financial costs of this monumental task, and IAIA and the Museum couldn't be more appreciative.
Additional help is needed. More volunteers are needed, and $150,000 more is required to successfully complete this important project. All volunteers and donors are publicly recognized for their participation and support, and many will receive a special gift or other benefit.
To help with the collection move, whether with time, materials or funds, contact Guin White at 505.428.5909 or email@example.com.
Kaha:wi, image courtesy of Cylla Von Tiedemann
|canadian first nations dance company makes new mexico appearance FRIENDS OF IAIA, KAHA:WI DANCE Theatre(KDT) will be performing at the N4th Theater, 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico at 8:00 p.m. on April 16 and 17 as a part of the Global DanceFest and Two Worlds Festival. Tickets are $15 general admission, or $10 for seniors and students.
KDT is an artist based company founded by Santee Smith (Mohawk). They will be performing repertorie excerpts from several dances. Kaha:wi is steeped in traditional Iroquoian based song and dance, the narrative weaves around the lives of three generations of women and the community in which they thrive.Kaha:wi touches audiences on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. Constellation of Bones explores love, unity, alienation and reconciliation through the movements of two couples. Here on Earth originates in the Iroquoian belief that human beings dwelled in the Sky and dreamt their existence on Earth.
KDT creates professional dance productions and is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture through the work of the company. Artistic Director, Smith has become known for her successful blend of traditional and contemporary dance elements. This new style of dance expression can only be described broadly as contemporary Aboriginal dance.
For more information or to purchase tickets to either performance, contact N4th Theater at 505.344.4542, or click here to visit their website.
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|calendar of events
The Sovereign Image, featuring contemporary Native photography and digital imagery
SPLASH! 2010 IAIA Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates' Exhibit
May 13, 3:00-5:00 PM: Special closing reception
04/16/10 - 05/23/10
I Didn't Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me explores arbitrary national borders' effect on Native communities
April 17, 12:00-2:00 PM: Public opening reception
Book signing by Michael Sheyashe, author of Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study
Ancestors, Museums and Native Representations - An Ongoing Conversation with Suzan Harjo, Scott Momaday and
Rick West, at IAIA Auditorium, 83 Avan Nu Po Rd
Capture the Spirit of Native People and Lands, a Photographic Journey in the Southwest, 505.820.3305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
09/08/10 - 09/12/10
Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest, members get a discount, 1.800.556.7896 ext. 7357 or email@example.com
Primitive Edge Gallery, 505.424.2361
04/01/10 - 04/22/10
Senior Thesis Exhibit
April 1, 5:00 PM: Public opening reception
05/06/10 - 08/26/10
Student Summer Exhibit
LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & READINGS
04/01/10 12:00 PM
Lecture by artist, Duane Slick about studio health and safety
04/01/10 2:30 PM
Public lecture by Michael Sheyashe, author of Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study
04/13/10 & 04/15/10 7:00 PM
Threads of Kinship: Dialogues with Native Siberian Writers Call 505.424.2365 for more information.
IAIA's Spring Homecoming Powwow
IAIA's College's Spring Commencement. Details coming soon.
06/09 and 06/11/10
Cultural Tourism Workshop: New Strategies for Tribal Tourism in an Economic Downturn