What’s Happening in Indian Country: May 12-19

This weekend and next week, Indian Country tunes into music with a message and broadcasts TV with an Indigenous twist.

Must-see events include performances by a stellar storyteller and a hot hip-hop duo, a compelling Chicago art exhibit centered on Indigenous stories, and the announcement of the return of a groundbreaking TV hit.

Let Native News Online’s Events Guide lead the way to your best week.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids at JUNO Awards

WHEN: Sunday May 15, 8 p.m.

OR: Radio Canada

Credit SNRK Matt BarnesThe Snotty Nose Rez Kids of the Haisla Nation in Vancouver will perform at the JUNO Awards on Sunday, May 15 on CBC. (Matt Barnes)

Boujee natives, take note.

The Snotty Nose Ground Kids are set to perform hip-hop at the JUNO Awards – Canada’s version of the Grammys – this weekend.

Kids–Haisla Nation cousins ​​Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce and Darren “Young D” Metz are known for their sharp, funky, pop-culture-packed tracks tackling Indigenous issues like environmental protection. water and sovereignty, as well as clever satirical songs like Boujee Natives.

Their latest album, Life After…, explores the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on their lives, careers and community.

At the JUNOS, the Kids will be joined by Mohawk producer and artist DJ Shub, aka the godfather of Powwow Step. a subgenre of club music that blends native drumming and chanting with modern rhythms and electronics to create a soulful, otherworldly and highly danceable sound.

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Indigenous Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories

WHEN: Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15; The exhibition opens on May 20

OR: Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il.; Event page

MonicaPanelA scene from a mural by Potawatomi artist Monica Rickert-Bolter. The mural is part of the Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. The exhibit preview for the Indigenous community is Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. (Ben Bolter)

This weekend, members of the Indigenous community can get a special preview of Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories.

The exhibit, which highlights historic and current Indigenous stories of sovereignty, resilience, continuity and the future, is located in the newly renovated Native North America Hall.

The stories are illustrated with historical objects from the museum’s collection, together with contemporary art, poetry and photography created for the exhibition. There is also a section dedicated to Chicago’s native community.

“This exhibit is needed more than ever,” said Meranda Roberts, PhD, one of the exhibit’s co-curators and citizen of the Yerington Paiute Tribe. “Our country is on the brink of thinking about how to come to terms with the horrific ways it has treated our people, how to approach this history and how to ensure that it never happens again. I think this exhibition makes a great job of highlighting how Indigenous people should be celebrated and talked about in public spaces, like the Field Museum.

Witnessing Californian basket weaving traditions passed down from generation to generation, seeing the magic of music through the eyes of a young Lakota hip hop artist, and following the process of Meskwaki’s efforts to revitalize heritage and ancestral plants are only just a few of the experiences waiting to be exhibited. enthusiasts.

Potawatomi artist Monica Rickert-Bolter, aka Monica Whitepigeon (who is also a Native News Online contributor), has several works in the new show and was one of dozens of Native Americans who provided information on how to transform the Native North American Hall into a more authentic representation of Indigenous stories and realities.

“I was an anthropology volunteer at the Field Museum in 2017 and took notes with my friend Debra on how the Native Hall could be improved. I never thought that in five years I would have three installations for his Native Truths exhibit,” Rickert-Bolter told Native News Online. “There is an article about an Indigenous myth, an underrepresented societal challenger and a new narrative about the Great Lakes. In the same vein of Indigenous Futurism, these works speak of our past, present and future through the lens of a Potawatomi woman of mixed identities.

The Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories exhibition opens to the public on Friday, May 20.

Hear Our Voices with Robert Lewis

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m.

OR: Native American History Museum 202 SW O St. Bentonville, AR; Event page

RLewisCherokee storyteller Robert Lewis will tell traditional tales for live and online audiences at the Hear Our Voices event on Saturday, May 14, at the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas. (MONAH)Native storytelling will take center stage when award-winning Cherokee storyteller and artist Robert Lewis performs at the Museum of Native American History (MONAH).

For Lewis, storytelling is a lifelong passion and pursuit.

“I heard my first story from my father, who told me about the creation of the universe when I was seven years old, and I have never forgotten it,” Lewis said in a statement.

His presentation, part of MONAH’s Hear Our Voices series, will also be viewable online on MONAH’s YouTube channel.

Lewis, a Cherokee Nation School and Community Specialist, was designated a Cherokee National Treasure in 2015 and has been sharing Cherokee culture with students and Indigenous communities for more than two decades.

Participants will also be able to play a role in this family storytelling event. Public participation is encouraged.

According to Lewis, storytelling is a living, breathing art form that is constantly changing, and each storyteller adds their own flair and perspective to the process.

“I believe that storytelling is an art form and as an art form, for it to continue to be relevant to the present, stories must also evolve,” he said in a statement. . “One of the reasons I urge those who love these stories is that each storyteller will tell the same story that is slightly different from what has been heard before and in these stories a new flavor is added and new revivals are born.”

Entertainment News: Rutherford Falls season 2 announced

WHEN: Premieres Thursday, June 16

OR: Peacock TV

RuthFallsMichael Greyeyes and Jana Schmieding in Rutherford Falls, which returns to Peacock TV for a second season Thursday, June 16. (Peacock TV)

Spunky Reagan Wells, smart casino manager Terry Thomas and the rest of their Minishonka brethren will return for a new season of Rutherford Falls, premiering Thursday, June 16.

The streaming show set in the fictional small town of Rutherford Falls, is a deft dispatch of political correctness and colonial law that tackles current issues between natives and settlers by addressing friction between the Minishonka tribe coined by the city and the non-native citizens, with a focus on the unlikely and beleaguered friendship between the proud and courageous Minishonka woman Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding) and the well-meaning, but ignorant and privileged Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms).

A breakthrough for the modern portrayal of Indigenous communities, the first season of Rutherford Falls was a hit with audiences and critics alike. With Reservation Dogs, he opened the doors to smarter, more authentic shows about the contemporary Indigenous experience.

Not much has been revealed about the new season, but Peacock is dropping some hints and footage to whet the audience’s appetite.

We know there will be some new faces in Rutherford Falls, including Dallas Goldtooth, who plays the hilarious and wise wit on Reservation Dogs.

If you haven’t met the locals of Rutherford Falls yet, catch up on the first season here.

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Tamara Ikenberg
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Tamara Ikenberg is a writer for Native News Online. It covers the tribes of the southwest as well as native arts, culture and entertainment. She can be reached at [email protected]


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