Native American

Painting of a woman
Zamara Cuyun

The closing reception and artists' talk for "Long Night of the Floating Shell" happens tonight 6:00-7:30 at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, at AICHO in downtown Duluth.  Jonathan Thunder joins us to share insight into his current work, recent collaborations and the evolution of his work. 

This is your last chance to catch "Long Night of the Floating Shell" which shares contemporary Indigenous art by Jonathan Thunder with roots in the Red Lake Nation and Zamara Cuyún of Minneapolis, with roots in the Maya Highlands of Guatemala.

Radio Gallery: Beads

Apr 24, 2019

A deeply Minnesotan exhibit called Beads opens this week at The Nordic Center in Duluth.  Beads brings together beadwork pieces from northern peoples, "specifically the Norwegian Hardanger tradition and the Anishinaabe traditional and contemporary beadwork here in Minnesota,” according to the Nordic Center.


   “I remember your stories and I appreciate what you tried to teach me.  I wish I could have gone ricing with you and heard you knocking rice as the flocks of redwing blackbirds rose and fell by the thousands in the rice beds. I’ve thought about you sitting by the fire on cold February nights with the stars bright above you and the trees popping and snapping from the cold as you cooked your maple syrup.  I want to learn some of our songs and I always hoped you would teach them to me.”

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Craft on Draft with Duluth Pottery

Tuesday, April 9 at Bent Paddle

National Crime Victims' Week Art Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 10, Zeitgeist Atrium

Native American Artists Panel Talk

Thursday, April 11, Tweed Museum of Art

Missing and murdered Native women - and what happens to their children when they disappear - are at the center of Linda LeGarde Grover's latest novel.

This novel about sisters Azure and Rain, whose mother surrendered them to the County and was never seen or heard from again, offers context to news stories about women who seem to vanish without a trace ... and the controversy about what - and who - should decide what happens to their children.

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  It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.  ~Hubert H. Humphrey

Tadd Johnson quotes Hubert Humphrey when he's asked about the effect of the government shutdown on Indian Country.  Johnson spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives and became staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs.

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Lissa Yellowbird-Chase knows first-hand about the violence and danger Native American women face.*

But she knows other things, too.  In Canada, a 2016 report found that indigenous women are five times more likely to be victims of homicide than non-indigenous women. But in the United States, says Yellowbird-Chase, there are 1-2% more missing and murdered indigenous men than women.

Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956

  Those boys jumping from the snow bank are the future suicides in our communities, but only if we allow it. What we tell our children and what we say to each other makes a difference.


[This episode of Caring & Sharing originally aired on December 11, 2018, and was re-aired on January 2, 2019]

There are a lot of different models for a sucessful organization, but chances are you're not familiar with the "sweet grass braid" model.

At AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization), there are three strands: housing and supportive services, arts and cultural programming, and food sovereignty.  And just as in a braid, each of those three strands takes its turn on top as a priority.

National Archives

This week: honor, service, and keeping a promise.



In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

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  This week: what do you want to be when you grow up?




In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

Thomas Peacock says it was an idea he had years and years ago -- but he says the first manuscript was "horrible."

Jonathan Thunder

The Tweed Museum of Art is celebrating a new exhibit, years in the planning, curated by Karissa White.  "Intersections" invites the public to discover the vibrant spectrum of new and old work by Native American in Minnesota. Bringing this show together was a collaborative project, drawing from the Tweed Museum permanent collection to bring forward a generation of work from George Morrison, Carl Gawboy alongside the next generation of Frank Big Bear and Jim Denomie and young local artists like Jonathan Thunder.