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Bernice Bing

A San Francisco native, Chinese American, artist, lesbian, community activist—Bernice Bing, was a bridge between many worlds. She came of age during the Beat era and entered the San Francisco arts landscape in the 1960s with her paintings, which synthesize abstract modernist painting with Chinese calligraphy.

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Some concept art for two new Oc’s for a comic.

An original First Nations Plains Cree adventure/romance comic. Focuses on Plains Cree stories,culture and spirituality.

Ehsokeymot Atchakus (right) is a two spirit Medicine man, who is chosen to accompany the mysterious traveling warrior, Enkoodabaoo (left, on his quest to find the powerful coyote spirit.

(They look pale af, but I swear to the creator they are some brown boyz)

More art and info to come!

Bernice Bing (1936 - 1998)

A San Francisco native, Chinese American, artist, lesbian, community activist—Bernice Bing, was a bridge between many worlds. She came of age during the Beat era and entered the San Francisco arts landscape in the 1960s with her paintings, which synthesize abstract modernist painting with Chinese calligraphy.

Thanks to @historygeektrash for the suggestion!

Clara Lee Tanner (1905-1997) was an American archaeologist and ethnologist who specialized in Native American arts and crafts. In 1927, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in archaeology and in 1928 she received one of the first three master’s degrees in archaeology granted from the UA.

Tanner specialized particularly in Southwestern Native American pottery and basketry, and authored an extensive list of articles and books ranging from newspaper articles to college textbooks in addition to being a regular contributor to Arizona Highways Magazine. She also served as editor to Kiva, the journal of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society.

Above everything, Tanner enjoyed educated the public on Native American art. She was a highly sought out public speaker, whose audience ranged from first graders to senior citizens to Hollywood celebrities. She felt that she had a sense of responsibility to the public and the community to introduce the entire world to the beauty, skill and creativity of Native American artists and artisans. This mindset was rare for academics of her time, who felt that the one should only publish for their peers. She also aided many Native American artists by renting them space and holding special exhibits of their work. 

Rudolph Carl Gorman (1931-2005) was a Native American artist of the Navajo Nation. Referred to as “the Picasso of American Indian art” by the New York Times, his paintings are primarily of Native American women and characterized by fluid forms and vibrant colors, though he also worked in sculpture, ceramics, and stone lithography. (Wikipedia)

(“Navajo Dawn” by R.C. Gorman)

William Monague – Tranquility.
“The healing to take place after the twin tower tragedy in New York. The turtles represent the symbol of healing and reconstruction of Mother Earth. The forget-me-nots remind us not to forget that tragic day. The eagle represents the Ojibway belief of the messenger answering our prayers; giving us the gift of strength and protection”.

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I recently came across Jay Soule aka CHIPPEWAR who is a multimedia artist from Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg and I’ve just been scrolling through all of his artworks for about an hour now and GIRL. Words cannot describe how I feel about it other than YaAaSsSs . If you haven’t already, you should def check him out!

something to remember: just because the academy honored more black artists this year doesn’t mean that the oscars are suddenly inclusive. we still see barely any representation from latinx, asian, and native american artists. please please please don’t forget these groups and continue to extend solidarity to those who are still struggling for recognition.

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On Randall’s Island, a stone’s throw from east Manhattan’s shoreline, hundreds of Native American artists, educators, dancers and performers gathered all weekend for a powwow to honor indigenous people around the world. Instead of Columbus Day, they’re here to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, which is devoted to healing and lifting up the rich history and culture of Native Americans. The mood here is spirited and hopeful despite the circumstances.

The Tonalli Amaxtli is the first of the three main almanacs, which relates to the three souls that inhabit the human body, as well as to the three different levels of the cosmos. The Tonalli Amaxtli determines the Tonalli of a given day; which is to say, its destiny. The Tonalli is a sacred force which links all creation, and which imparts vigor, strength, and growth to the cosmos. At the moment of conception, the Teteo implant our Tonalli within our skulls, spinning a bone awl so that the spark of life and vitality ignites and links us to the universe. The day-sign determines the Tonalli; the Sign and number together form the secret, spiritual name of the individual born on that day.

Tonalli and the Human Body

In the human body, the Tonalli is the Shadow Soul, the soul which inhabits the head and is related to the heavens. It is the receptacle of thought, intuition, perception, and reasoning. The Tonalli soul is capable of leaving our bodies; during dreams our Tonalli travels to the spirit realm, and if it is lost there, as sometimes happens, the body eventually sickens and dies.

Because the spiritual and the physical cannot be divided from one another and are, in fact, simply two aspects of the same thing, the Tonalli soul is expressed physically in the body as growth; hair and nails are both physical manifestations of Tonalli.

The three souls which inhabit the body work in concert to determine our personalities and our destinies; two or more souls might determine the same quality, which explains our conflicting desires and impulses.

Tonalli and the Cosmos

Tonalli transcends the body, and can take up residence in physical things; all things are possessed of Tonalli, although those things that move and possess warmth and vigor have the greatest Tonalli. Ritual objects, precious stones, feathers, and tools also posses great stores of Tonalli.

Furthermore, the Tonalli Amaxtli determines the character of the day, quite apart from the personality and destiny of the individual born on the day. Therefore, the Tonalli Amaxtli can be used as part of the process by which one determines the appropriate day to plan a wedding, begin a journey, or make offerings in the temple, for example.

While free will does exist, our Tonalli limits and gives shape to our experience of existence. Within the constraints of what our Tonalli determines, in combination with our other three souls, we are free to create our lives and give shape to our world.