“Celebrations, memorials, and gatherings during the winter holiday seaso.” D. Zotigh, NMAI
“Native communities host traditional tribal dances, round dances, and powwows on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Among the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest special dances take place, such as buffalo, eagle, antelope, turtle, and harvest dances. The Eight Northern Pueblos of New Mexico perform Los Matachines—a special dance-drama mixing North African Moorish, Spanish, and Pueblo cultures—which takes place on Christmas Eve, along with a pine-torch procession.By Dennis Zotigh, December 23rd, 2021
A UNIQUE NATIVE MEMORIAL🎄
Chad Toehay (Kiowa, Osage, Comanche and Sac & Fox) is remembered by his sister Chay on a memorial ornament that is prominently displayed on her family Christmas tree. Photo used with permission from Chay Toehay-Tartsah.
A GREAT NATIVE SANTA!♥️🎄A Chickasaw Santa prepares to welcome visitors to the First Americans Museum, in Oklahoma City with a hearty, “A’HO HO HO!” Photo used with permission from Amy Bergseth and Brad “Ace” Greenwood.
Luminarias @ Jemez Pueblo Mission
Native American Dances of Pojoaque Pueblo are beautiful and spiritual to watch. They are ceremonial in nature expressing ancient traditions and connections to the earth.
WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY~TALKING-FEATHER STAFF ♥️🌟
A ground-breaking new channel will feature uninterrupted video of rez dogs, 24-hours a day, in their daily lives, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) announced on Thursday. Walking Eagle News, ~2018~2022
My first Rez Dog, Page, defined the term with honor and grace. Steven Sable, Rez Dawg Rescue
“Malian loves spending time with her grandparents at their home on a Wabanaki reservation—she’s there for a visit when, suddenly, all travel shuts down. There’s a new virus making people sick, and Malian will have to stay with her grandparents for the duration.Everyone is worried about the pandemic, but Malian knows how to keep her family safe: She protects her grandparents, and they protect her. She doesn’t go out to play with friends, she helps her grandparents use video chat, and she listens to and learns from their stories. And when Malsum, one of the dogs living on the rez, shows up at their door, Malian’s family knows that he’ll protect them too.” Beautiful book by Joseph Bruchac
“The Albuquerque FBI Division on October 14, 2022, released an updated list of missing Indigenous persons in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.The list, current as of October 11, has 192 names on it.The latest list reflects the addition of 27 names and the removal of 18 since the previous list was released in September…” ICT, Oct 17,2022
Native actor Zahn McClarnon had fun sharing native traditions with Big Bird and the gang on Sesame Street! Nov 1, 2022 🎄♥️
Dark Winds Series as Navajo Police Chief Joe Leaphorn
“You remember Zahn McClarnon’s face. He infuses every part — resistant Cheyenne Reservation chief of police Mathias on Longmire, menacing mobster Hanzee Dent in Fargo, unpredictable Westworld host Akecheta — with a mixture of poise and intensity that electrifies the screen, rendering even his quietest parts unforgettable. Now, after 30 years in supporting roles, McClarnon steps up to lead in AMC neo-noir series Dark Winds and unleashes his vast skill set.” Vulture Magazine
Buffy Sainte-Marie also starred on Sesame Street. She played Buffy (a fictionalized version of herself) on Sesame Street from 1975 to 1981. She performed some of her own songs on the show, such as “Cripple Creek,” as well as songs written for the series (including “Country Song,” “Dog Song,” and the music to “Wynken, Blynken and Nod.”) 🎄♥️
“A new documentary [Carry It On] celebrating the unparalleled life of Buffy Sainte-Marie kicked off the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday, with her dynamic life of music and light keeping the audience enraptured by her story, personality, wisdom and joy.” M. Morrisseau, ICT (formerly: Indian Country Today) Sept. 9, 2022
“If you celebrate Christmas, these 8 songs will definitely help get you in the Christmas spirit. Of course, we had to share songs that added some Native American / First Nations flair to it. Hope you enjoy!”Toyacoyah Brown, Pow-Wows.com
“And really, this one is my favorite of the bunch. I know this one gets played a lot this time of year!” Toyacoyah Brown, Pow-wows.com
“Actor and comedian Tatanka Means reflects on healing with laughter in a Native wayamidst the COVID-19 pandemic”ICT AUG 11, 2020
“Tatanka Means is arguably one of the best-known Native actors and comedians in Indian Country, who in early 2020, had a jam-packed schedule filled with comedy gigs, acting jobs and speaking engagements. When COVID-19 hit, Means had all of his plane flights, and gigs canceled. But he pressed on. His standup routines have strong ties back to his Native heritage. In one popular standup, he discusses how Native people tease each other ruthlessly and always solve any awkwardness with the phrase “Aaaayyyyeeee”
[Means’ first screen role was in 2004 playing lead stunt double in the film Black Cloud, which was shot in the same gym where he had previously trained as a boxer.He has since had major roles in several films and TV series. In the miniseries Into the West (2005) he played Crazy Horse. In More Than Frybread (2012), he played Buddy Begay, a “hip-hop Navajo fry-bread rock star” who sells fry-bread from a truck on the reservation. A reviewer who described it as the “showiest part” in the film said, “Means .. overdoes it a little … but that’s part of Buddy’s personality.” Wikipedia]
“People are just going through hard times right now in different places. People are losing people. Communities are being hit hard but you know through comedy, through history, with Indian people, we always laugh when we’re having hard times. That’s why I say the humor brings us back up when we’re at funerals. You know, we’re laughing hard, sometimes telling stories those good old times, you know what I mean? And it’s just finding the humor right now in what’s happening in everyday life and how it’s changed. My daughter’s going back to school right now, but she’s not going back to school. Everything’s online. I mean, there’s no eating in restaurants. There’s pickup only there’s this humor all over the place.” Tatanka Means
Sherry Pocknett, seen here with her daughters Cheyenne and Jade Pocknett-Galvin, is the owner of Sly Fox Den Too and a Wampanoag chef who specializes in cooking indigenous foods. Ryan T. Conaty, The Bostn Globe
“Chef Sherry Pocknett [Wampanoag Nation] owner of Sly Fox Den Too, cooks with sustainably raised, hunted and fished animals at Charlestown restaurant.”
“Chef Sherry Pocknett started cooking locally and seasonally long before the term farm-to-table became buzzy. A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, she has been foraging, farming and fishing since she was growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s.
Chef Sherry Pocknett, owner of Sly Fox Den Too , remembers helping her mother in the kitchen when she was a little girl. Ryan T. Conaty, The Bostn Globe.
‘Our people have always focused on local food,’ Pocknett says. ‘In the fall, we’d have raccoon and rabbit. In the springtime, it was striped bass with fiddlehead ferns, sunchokes and wild ramps.’
Pocknett now shares her Indigenous culture through the food she serves at her 30-seat Charlestown restaurant, Sly Fox Den Too. She runs it with her daughters, Jade and Cheyenne Pocknett-Galvin. The trio make dishes including quahog chowder, venison skewers, and three-sisters rice with corn cakes.
Roasted rabbit with root vegetables cooked at Sly Fox Den Too Ryan t. Conaty, Boston Globe.
The restaurant is named after Pocknett’s father, Chief Sly Fox, Vernon Pocknett, who died in 1999. ‘He taught us everything,’ she says. ‘He took all of the tribal kids under his wings and taught us how to fend for ourselves in nature,’ she says.
Sly Fox Den Too
The ‘too’ in the name references the fact that Pocknett’s Charlestown restaurant is actually her Plan B. Shortly before the pandemic began, she started raising funds to renovate a property near her home in Preston, Conn. She is still working on developing the project, called the Sly Fox Den Restaurant, Museum, and Oyster Farm, where she plans to cook as well as offer educational programming on Indigenous culture. But her progress has been slow.”