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Paiute Native American Shaman Wovoka, the Ghost Dance

The Ghost Dance appeared during a time of desperation for the Native American Indian peoples. The Ghost Dance started when Paiute shaman Jack Wilson, or Wovoka, had a vision that if our people would dance and sing Indians would live again. The Ghost Dance spread throughout the land. In Dec. 1890 the military panicked and massacred innocent Lakota Indian people at Wounded Knee whilst they were dancing. It is one of the worst (and most cowardly, inhumane) incidents in United States history. Judy Trejo – Summit Lake (Tommo Agi) and Walker River (Agi) Paiute and Anita Collins – Shoshone and Walker River Paiute speak about Wovoka. The Round Dance was a traditional Great Basin dance that spread across the land in the form of the Ghost Dance, and is now part of many celebrations. Robbie Robertson sings “Ghost Dance”.

Leonardo DiCaprio Stands with Great Sioux Nation

Leonardo DiCaprio Stands With Great Sioux Nation to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline

The campaign to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to gain steam with Leonardo DiCaprio and actors from the upcoming Justice League film joining the cause.
Dakota Access—a subsidiary of Texas-based  Energy Transfer Partners LP—has proposed a $3.7 billion, 1,168-mile pipeline that will transfer up to 570,00 barrels of crude oil per day from theNorth Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Stands with Great Sioux Nation

Leo is just amazing. He uses his fame and money to do good in the world, especially for Native Americans and wildlife. I’ve always been a big fan of his. Ever since I saw Romeo and Juliet when it first came out. I’ve always liked that he’s such a private man and there’s never been bad press about him. Well, not that I’ve read anyway. I ♥ him!

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Leonardo DiCaprio donates $15million to environmental causes

The significance of long hair in Native American Cultures

So pure and sacred are the thoughts of Our Mother, the Earth, that Her hair grows long and fragrant. The Sweet Grasses found growing around the World represent the hair of Our Mother, the Earth. These special grasses have long been collected by the Native Peoples of Earth to use as…READ MORE HERE

Edward Curtis – a timeless document of North American Indians

 

A timeless document of North American Indians

Edward Curtis undertook one of the greatest photographic odysseys ever when he set out to document North American Indians in the early 20th century. His work now fetches record prices but he died in obscurity. From 2013

Posted by The Economist on Saturday, 9 January 2016

Edward Sheriff Curtis was born on the 16th February 1868 on a farm in Wisconsin USA. He left school during 6th grade (11 or 12 years old), and soon built his own camera. At age 17 he became an  apprentice photographer.  After the family moved to Seattle, Washington, Edward purchased a new camera and became a partner in an existing photographic studio with Rasmus Rothi. After six or so months, Curtis left Rothi and formed a new partnership with Thomas Guptill. The new studio was called Curtis and Guptill, Photographers and Photoengravers. From here his career snowballed – in 1895, Curtis met and photographed Princess Angeline a.k.a. Kickisomlo, the daughter of Chief Sealth of Seattle. This was to be his first portrait of a Native American and the start of his path to becoming THE photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples. Edward Curtis undertook one of the greatest photographic odysseys ever when he set out to document North American Indians in the early 20th century. His work now fetches record prices but he died in obscurity….

Curtis’ goal was not just to photograph, but to document, as much of Native American traditional life as possible before that way of life disappeared. He wrote in the introduction to his first volume in 1907: “The information that is to be gathered … respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost.” Curtis made over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Native American language and music. He took over 40,000 photographic images from over 80 tribes. He recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs. He wrote biographical sketches of tribal leaders, and his material, in most cases, is the only written recorded history although there is still a rich oral tradition that documents history. This work was exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles festival (France) in 1973.  more – Wikipedia info 

Also – Edward Curtis Biography