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Growing up in the 1970s, artist Ryan Singer (Diné) remembers living on his reservation in Arizona and raising funds for a class field trip to see “Star Wars” when he was four years old. He remembers the long bus ride into town and the sight of the movie theater when they got there, decorated with cardboard cutouts of the picture’s heroes, villains and spaceships. He could barely contain his excitement as he held onto his “Star Wars” cup while John Williams’s triumphant theme music boomed throughout the auditorium, ushered in by those famous yellow words. Thus began his lifelong love of the franchise and the genre it changed forever.

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SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. ––  “Face mask or face fine!”  

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Back in the 1980s, when video games were young and unwoke, Gen X elementary school students were fed a very one-sided view of westward expansion via the era’s trendy learning game “Oregon Trail.”

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OSAGE NATION — With funding in place, “Killers of The Flower Moon,” an upcoming film centered on the decades-old Osage Nation murder cases, is set to begin filming next February near Pawhuska, Okla., home of the Osage Nation. 

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NORMAN, Okla. — From online talks to limited receptions, Native curators and artists around the country are finding creative and interactive ways to host art exhibitions during the pandemic.

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. —  The Native American Music Awards & Association announced that this year’s awards that were scheduled for November have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LOS ANGELES –– As the first Virtual Santa Fe Indian Market launched last week, another major annual Indigenous market is announcing its pandemic-prompted jump into virtual territory.  

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Santa Fe, N.M. – On Saturday, Aug.1, the first Virtual Santa Fe Indian Market opens for business. 

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CHICAGO – Art reflects and interprets the world at specific periods of time, which is all the more reason for contemporary Native art to be showcased and documented. As the Indigenous Futurism movement gains momentum, Native visual artists search for broader outlets and platforms to appropriately present their artwork.

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Albuquerque, N.M. – A pair of new pop art murals at the corner of 7th and Central in downtown Albuquerque tell a tale of two masked faces.