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People of the World: Māori - Photographs by  Jimmy Nelson

The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300 CE. Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture that became known as the “Māori”, with their own language, a rich mythology, distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups, based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organization. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced, and later a prominent warrior culture emerged.

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PSA: WE’RE GETTING OUR OWN SUPERHERO! 

Blu Hunt, a relative newcomer who appeared in a handful of episodes of The Originals, has nabbed the lead role of Danielle Moonstar, the Native American telepath, in Josh Boone’s X-Men spinoff, New Mutants.

The studio is looking to redefine the superhero genre as it did with Deadpool and Logan, and is focusing on giving the spinoff a horror-thriller bent. It will tell of five diverse teens learning to cope with their superpowers who must escape a secret facility where they are being held against their will.

The last role to be filled was Moonstar, a character who is Native American and who has the power to create illusions drawn from the fears and desires of a person’s mind. The character is not only perhaps the most important in the script — according to sources, the movie’s plot leans heavily on the classic “Demon Bear” storyline that ran in the pages of the Marvel Comics title in the 1980s and in which Moonstar plays a central role — but also the one whose casting proved to be the most challenging, as the studio and producers made ethnic authenticity a priority.

Searches were conducted in the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K., among other countries, before the studio circled around Hunt, who is part Native American. CAA signed the actress hot off the search.

Source: Hollywood Reporter 

We’re finally getting a Native superhero and she’s a LEAD CHARACTER! I’m crying happy tears!  😭 😭 😭 😭

The Native Man.

Pay no attention to the
Native Man
Laid-out-belly-down
In the comfort and privacy
Of closed-shop-enclosed-patio
We needn’t stop
Or stare
Or give a care.

After all
We have so many strands of
Native Beads
Slung in million-layer splendor
Around our blue-eyed
Blue-blooded necks
And look
We bleed turquoise
And red wine
And Holy Water
We are your
Saviors.

Shit, we’re the
New Natives
Now
So watch us
At our Pale-Face powwow
While we kowtow
In reverence to this
Native Town.

And pay no attention to the
Native Man
Drunk and face-down
On
Native Ground.

litglob © 2017

Note: In case the meaning of this is missed, this poem is about misplaced love and respect for native culture, when people commoditize culture rather than understanding and appreciating it. It is about losing sight of the plight to preserve native cultures, and instead valuing things rather than thinking about values. It is about overlooking injustices that still bring destruction and obstruction in their curling wake.

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“Within 45 minutes Miss Navajo Nation contestants Darienne Nez and Devon Gorman were the first team to successfully butcher their sheep.

Maybe it was the idea of winning an $800 pair of new Sysco knives that gave Nez and Gorman the extra oomph they needed to speed through the butchering category.

Not too far behind them were Summer Jake and Ravonelle Yazzie; a bit further were Crystal Littleben and Kayla Martinez.

But although the large crowd attending the sheep butchering and food preparation kickoff to the Miss Navajo Nation Competition Wednesday encouraged them with shouts of “Yéígo!,” Niagra Rockbridge and Kaylee Begay weren’t able to complete the task.

“This is the only pageant where you have to butcher a sheep,” said Master of Ceremonies Pax Harvey.

Then he asked 2004-2005 Miss Navajo Jannalee Atcitty, mistress of ceremonies, if the butchering competition really is that difficult.

“How many of you butcher a sheep?” Atcitty asked the boisterous crowd who yelled back that they do butcher.

“Well, how many have done it with hundreds of people watching you?” asked Atcitty, emphasizing the intimidation and stress she felt when she competed in the butchering contest.”

Navajo Times photos – Donovan Quintero

Asaro Mudmen of the Goroka people

Legend tells that the Goroka were almost eliminated by their most feared enemy tribe and were forced to flee into the Asaro River. They waited until dusk before attempting to escape. As they hid, they used the grey mud of the Asaro to fashion masks with which to disguise themselves. That night, the Goroka men rose from the river and were spotted by the enemy tribe who, upon sighting the naked grey-white men, believed they were witnessing living spirits and fled to their village in fear. 

The Asaro now perform this ritual to ward off their own evil spirits, creating grotesque masks made with animal jaws and teeth, claws and horns, sculpted from the rivers’ mud. They add sharpened bamboo sticks to their fingers as elongated claws.

The mudmen prowl through the jungle at night, casting fear and trepidation into any spirit or neighbouring tribe who sees them.

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any websites or books that are good for people who aren't native but just want to learn about the different native American tribes and their history and culture?

I can only recommend what I was shown as a child, which is mostly based around the Iroquois but there are several others thrown in, cause this is a very VERY broad question. 

The Education of Little Tree (book) (movie)

Smoke Signals (movie) (It has Slingshot from Suicide Squad and the speaking voice of Pocahontas from Disney’s version)

The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (book) (This is the book Smoke Signals is based on)

Song of Hiawatha (movie) (“Ma what was that movie you made me watch as a kid?” “Which one” “The one about the Iroquois.” “WHICH ONE” “THE ONE WITH THE JOKE ABOUT THE TURTLE CLAN” “WHICH ONE?!?!?!?”)

The New World (movie) (Basically Pocahontas without the Disney filters.)

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee (movie)

Powwow Highway (movie)

There is one movie I couldn’t find, however I was able to find clips of it on Youtube and it’s a VHS tape about Hopi Prophecies and this was the only clip I could find online. Please let me know if you can find the whole collection of this very rare piece of film (Youtube).

The Last of the Mohicans (movie

Dances With Wolves (movie) (Ma made me put these two down I didn’t want to as they are pretty standard, but she said the plus to watching Dances is seeing Kevin Costner’s ass).

For movies I would advise being very cautious, same with books. I always look into who made them and who the actors are, sadly because we have had enough frauds in our community passing off lies. Movies like Cheyenne Autumn or anything made in the “Golden Era” of Hollywood, especially the Westerns, I would highly advise you stay away from. Not only did they perpetuate lies but most of the “natives” are just people doing redface. 

For articles, I have to suggest Jamie K. Oxendine. He’s a family friend and a hell of an M.C. for powwows. Not only have I read quite a few of his articles, I’ve also been able to use him for my A.P. U.S. History course and other scholarly work. He also runs a foundation based on educating people about natives. 

And the best tip I can give you for learning our culture however is to go to Powwows, however I understand that not everyone is in America which is why I included movies and books I grew up with. The best education I ever received on my culture is through powwows and is what a lot of stuff that I say is often unsourced as it is carried on through oral tradition. Here is a link for powwow calendars. Here and here are tips and basic etiquette rules for said powwows. 

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