Sesame Street: Traditions with Zahn McClarnon and Native Instruments with Buffy Saint-Marie

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

 

Native Holiday Songs to Make You Smile in 2022!

*Special Note:  Osiyo! This First Video is a Favorite “Oldie” from the Staff here at Talking-Feather~ It still makes us smile “all year”~ Enjoy!

Redbone – Come And Get Your Love – LIVE 1974 The Midnight Special

 

Native Songs from POW-WOWS.COM

“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

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“Healing Through Humor with Tatanka Means “

 

“Actor and comedian Tatanka Means reflects on healing with laughter in a Native way  amidst 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

‘Indigenous Chef keeps Wampanoag Traditions Alive in Her Kitchen’

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.”

Excerpt:By Jenna Pelletier Globe Correspondent,Updated September 29, 2022

“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.”

Native Veterans Day Tribute at The Heard Museum

 In the Service Of: American Indian Artists and Tributes

Veterans Day: November 10, 2022

“This year marks the 10th celebration of the American Indian Veteran National Memorial. 

Mark your calendars for November 11, 2022, and experience history in the making. Guest speakers, reception, music, Veteran art market, and the new exhibition, In the Service Of: American Indian Artists and Tributes featuring works of art created by and for American Indian veterans will be on view in the Crosswalk Gallery. Come celebrate this November with America’s original bravest.

In 2012, the Heard Museum opened the Nation’s first memorial to commemorate more than three centuries of American Indian military service. We invite you to join us as we honor the service and sacrifices given to our Nation by American Indian veterans and all those who have served in the Armed Forces.

*Veterans plus one guest receive free museum admission all week, from Tuesday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 13.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT  The Heard Museum 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8, ELECTION DAY –VOTE

 

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Navajo Prayer: Walk In Beauty

“The following traditional Prayer originated from the Navajo Nation and can be found in many places. The original author of this beautiful blessing is unknown.  Some say that reading the words bring  peace and calm. Many have found this to be true.”

Chaco Canyon NM, Courtesy Philip Greenspan

 

Walking in Beauty: Closing Prayer from the Navajo Blessing Way Ceremony   

In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty around me I walk
It has become beauty again

Today I will walk out, today everything negative will leave me
I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body.
I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me.
I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me.
I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me.
I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful.
In beauty all day long may I walk.

Through the returning seasons, may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With dew about my feet, may I walk.
With beauty before me may I walk.
With beauty behind me may I walk.
With beauty below me may I walk.
With beauty above me may I walk.
With beauty all around me may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
My words will be beautiful.

Photo: Corn Flower. The pollen of the corn is dusted off the tassels and used in ceremonies as a blessing, and is offered in prayer.

*Scroll down to listen to Navajo Historian Wally Brown discuss the prayer “Walking In Beauty”

SHORT LESSON FOR STUDENTS

VOCABULARY

Directions: Look up the meanings for the following vocabulary words from the Prayer and create sentences using the words.  Look up any additional vocabulary from the prayer. Share as a class.

beauty

negative

hinder

pollen

wandering

lively

Questions For Reflection

What does the word  “beauty” mean to you?

Give examples of how you use the word beauty.

What do you think it means to “walk in beauty”? Provide  examples.

Explain what the following lines from the prayer mean to you:

 Today I will walk out, today everything negative will leave me” 

“I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body.”

“I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me.”


I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me.”


I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me.”

Art/Research Projects 

Look up the Navajo Blessing Way Ceremony. What is the significance of the Blessing Way Ceremony?

How is this prayer  “Walking In Beauty” connected to the ceremony?

If you had an opportunity to meet a member of the Navajo Nation, what questions would you ask them about this wonderful prayer? Share your questions with class members.

Find photos (maybe some of  your own) to go with the words from this special Prayer and create a special “Beauty” collage. 

Are there any Prayers that you know from your own culture similar to the Navajo Beauty Prayer? What about Prayers from other cultures?

Share your information with your class members.

WATCH THE VIDEO

Listen as Navajo Historian Wally Brown discusses “Walking In Beauty” AND teaches a little about harmony in life.

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 Native Veterans Day Tribute at The Heard Museum

Veterans Day: November 10, 2022

NATIVE VETS NOV 2022

 In the Service Of: American Indian Artists and Tributes

“This year marks the 10th celebration of the American Indian Veteran National Memorial.” 

“Mark your  calendars for November 11, 2022, and experience history in the making. Guest speakers, reception, music, Veteran art market, and the new exhibition, In the Service Of: American Indian Artists and Tributes featuring works of art created by and for American Indian veterans will be on view in the Crosswalk Gallery. Come celebrate this November with America’s original bravest.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT  The Heard Museum 

Category: Culture