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Filmmaker and photographer Pamela Peters is using art to break the typecasting of Native Americans in Hollywood.

She is transforming several contemporary actors into iconic film stars from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Peters calls the project “Real NDNZ re-take Hollywood.” “NDNZ” is slang used among the Native American community.

The actors are from seven different tribes.

Peter hopes her project breaks this trend.

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Fishermen’s Bastion Budapest

Fishermen’s Bastion in Budapest is only 120 years old, and is a favorite lookout. Accpording to urban stories in medieval times, the fish market was nearby and the bastion was built to commemorate the fishermen who protected this part of the city. The seven tent-like turrets symbolize the seven Hungarian tribes that arrived to the Carpathian Basin in 896.

Halászbástya was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, who made the reconstruction of Matthias Church. Construction of the bastion destabilised the foundations of the neighbouring 13th century Dominican Church which had to be pulled down. Schulek this way wanted to ensure place and frame to the newly rebuilt Matthias Church.

A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Stróbl, based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, also in Neo-Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating the King’s life. The costs of the statue and the bastion itself was supoorted by Emperor Franz Joseph, who was coronated as Hungarian king in Matthias Church in 1867.

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Native Americans in Oklahoma join forces to help monarch butterflies

Seven Native American tribes in Oklahoma will provide habitat and food on their lands for monarch butterflies, whose numbers have plummeted in recent years due to troubles along their lengthy migration route.

Tribal leaders said at a news conference on Tuesday in Shawnee, southeast of Oklahoma City, they will plant crucial vegetation for the butterflies, including milkweed and native nectar-producing plants, on their lands.

“For the last several years, we have been raising bees and pollinators, so when his opportunity came along, it fit with what we were doing,” Thalia Miller, director of the Chickasaw Nation Horticulture Department, told reporters.

The tribes will work with the University of Kansas’ Monarch Watch program and the Euchee Butterfly Farm in Bixby, Oklahoma. The project is supported by a grant of about $250,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Monarch butterfly numbers have plummeted over the years from the expansion of farmland, sprawling housing developments and the clear-cutting of natural landscapes along their migration path, experts say.

Monarchs lay eggs only on milkweed plants, which grow wild throughout the United States. But milkweed, on which butterfly larvae feed, can cause stomach problems for cattle that eat it, so ranchers and farmers destroy the plant, researchers say.

The butterflies spend the winter in Mexico and then go through several generations as they fly north, through Oklahoma, on their long migration to Canada.

While an estimated 1 billion monarchs migrated in 1996, only about 35 million made the trip in 2013, according to Marcus Kronforst, a professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago who has studied monarchs.

Their numbers have rebounded in recent years but are still well below what they were two decades ago.

“The tribes are natural leaders on this issue,” said Jane Breckinridge, project co-director and owner of the Euchee Butterfly Farm, which breeds butterflies.

“I think one of the more interesting ones that I think will be what will happen with the Dragon Azteca character and with the Dragon Azteca mask. Who will carry the mantle? One of the legendary myths that we play with is the idea of the seven Aztec tribes. Clearly one of those tribes is Dragon Azteca tribe and will they now seek revenge with Dario Cueto and Black Lotus? That obviously comes to mind.

"Mil Muertes and Catrina taking over the temple and possessing all of the original Aztec gold is obviously a major storyline. Dario Cueto on the run and what that means for the temple and his future makes for a great storyline.

"Obviously everyone’s favorite Pentagon Jr. who has been unleashed and on the loose and how we handle that – especially with his relationship with Vampiro. That is definitely something that a lot of people are going to want to know and we’ll be addressing that in the early episodes as well.”