Learn Lakota! – some words and expressions

Clikc on the link and scroll down a bit. You’ll find the mp3 audios.

http://language.nativeweb.org/hear.htm

Q&A on Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!

I’m happy to tell you all that I just got published a little Power Point presentation I did, on chapters 1-5 of this really awesome novel. Check it out and you can post here your comments and feedback! Thanks!http://talkingpeople.net/tp/world/people/americanindians/shermanalexie/index.html

Storytelling: Coyote Kills a Giant

I’d like you to read this story and, well, it’d be great if you could post your comments. I read it and found it extremely interesting!!! It’s a Diné/Navajo story.
Link to the story on the website where I found it
Wanna listen to this story? Check it out on the TP Podcast.
Link to the Talking People American Indian Webpage (where you can find a one-page Word version of it), where we have a (brand new) section for Storytelling.

Some good literature!

I wanted to dedicate a thread to what now are two of my favorite writers! I discovered them last year, when I started reading American Indians authors. These authors are: Joy Harjo, for poetry (and “narrated” poetry too!), and Sherman Alexie, for short stories (you might have already seen our previous post on his screenplay “Smoke Signals”). If you read any of their poems or short stories, and you wish to comment here, go ahead! You can find both authors on our Talking People section devoted to American Indian thinkers, activists and artists. We included links to their own websites. We asked Joy Harjo for permission to include in our little webpage her poem “Strange Fruit”, because it’s also related to the little webpage we have for the song Billie Holiday sang, with the same title. We are planning to select more poems for you all, so you get interested in this fantastic writer! Then, we’ve sent out a permission request to Alexie’s publishers, to see if we can scan “The Search Engine”, a story included in his Ten Little Indians. This year, we are going to make the proposal in class for Advanced 2 students to buy copies of the Smoke Signals, the screenplay, but we wanted to offer a sample of his short stories, too. Well, hope you like them! Feel free to comment!

Thunderheart (1992)

Today on TV1 in Spain they showed this movie (Corazón Trueno), and gee, was I surprised! I’ve been reading about the Peltier case, and Pine Ridge Reservation, and Goons (the Indians that help the FBI on that rez) and “traditionalists” or the AIM Indians (in the movie they use a different acronym)… If you like, read a bit about Peltier’s case on Talking People. Let me just paste here some info about it: The movie is actually a thinly veiled account of real events that occurred on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the early to mid-Seventies. Exploration for Uranium, disease from irradiated water, the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the “Traditional” Natives fight against the Tribal government “Guardians Of the Oglala Nation (GOON’s), and the FBI’s assistance to the “Goons” by providing weaponry and other assistance are some of the things that are referred to in the movie that were true and documented by Writer/Director Michael Apted when he was a regular visitor to the Reservation during that time.
During the early to mid-Seventies, there were fifty-seven unsolved murders on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation due to the fighting between the “Traditionals” and Tribal government sanctioned “goons”. This made the Village of Pine Ridge (Pop. 1100) the “Murder Capitol of the Nation” with the highest number of violent death per capita in the United States.
More trivia at imdb.

Fry Bread

Fry Bread recipes

DNA – Sasheen Littlefeather & Marlon Brando

An example of a Direct Nonviolent Action… (Many people’s reaction was also a good example of how people react to nonviolence and good points being made).
For 200 years we have said to the Indian people who are fighting for their land, their life, their families and their right to be free: ”Lay down your arms, my friends, and then we will remain together. Only if you lay down your arms, my friends, can we then talk of peace and come to an agreement which will be good for you.”
When they laid down their arms, we murdered them.
  [Read complete speech]

Marlon Brando’s Unfinished Oscar Speech, 1973, given by Sasheen Littlefeather on behalf of Marlon Brando, who wanted to decline the Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather. She said: “Marlon Brando … has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently—because of time—but I will be glad to share with the press afterward, that he… very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reason for this being… the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry… and on television in movie re-runs, and also the recent happenings at Wounded Knee. I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening and that… in the future…our hearts and our understanding will meet with love and generosity. Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando.”

American Indians Mourn Brando’s Death (Associated Press, 2004)