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A wildly entertaining week in Indian Country is coming your way. 

Among the highlights are a play set in an alternate Navajo Nation, a tribute to wildland firefighters and a pro-vaccination powwow celebration.

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Dive into Native News Online’s event guide to design an ideal week in line with your Indigenous interests. 

Extra Tough: Women of the North

WHEN: Now through Sept. 26, 2021

WHERE: Anchorage Museum, 625 C  St., Anchorage, Alaska  

he exhibition Extra Tough: Women of the North is on display through Sept. 26 at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo/Anchorage Museum)


A glamorously cool portrait of Miss Alaska 1953 Muriel Hagberg fishing on an ice floe in a fabulous fur-lined bathing suit, a re-imagining of Alaska Native voting rights activist Clara Peratrovich as Rosie the Riveter, and a thrilling Tlingit take on Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” are all part of a perspective-shifting new show at the Anchorage Museum. 

“Extra Tough: Women of the North”, turns Alaska’s stereotype as a rugged land for the pioneering macho man on its pretty little head.

With paintings, photographs, videos, dolls, and more objects and images representing  the extreme fortitude of females and two-spirits who shape life, work and culture in the far North, the exhibit explores how the challenges of Northern living impact women and how they in turn affect and enrich the region. 

Divided into categories including Women and Society, Women and Place and Women and Work, the show includes last frontierswomen of many backgrounds, with a strong concentration on the resilient and talented Indigenous women who form the foundation and future of the region. 

Alaska Native artists featured in the show include Holly Nordlum (Inupiaq), Alison Bremner (Tlingit), Lily Hope (Tlingit,) and Allie High  (Unangax̂ and Tsimshian).

Into the Fray: Native American Wildland Firefighters of Warm Springs and Beyond

WHEN: Now through Sept. 25 

WHERE: The Museum at Warm Springs, 2189 US-26, Warm Springs, Oregon

Facing the flames with dignity, courage, and purpose, is a great privilege and responsibility for Indigenous wildland firefighters.

“Into the Fray: Native American Wildland Firefighters of Warm Springs and Beyond,” illuminates the history and present of these elite and highly skilled protectors of the people through photographs and paraphernalia including boots, uniforms and hats.

“This exhibition examines and pays tribute to the lives of our Native brother and sister wildland firefighters of Warm Springs and other Native nations,”  Museum at Warm Springs  Director Elizabeth A. Woody (Warm Springs, Yakama and Navajo) said in a statement. “These brave individuals are part of our contemporary culture and contribute to our story — and the safeguarding and preservation of our land and peoples for future generations.”

Exhibit-goers will also learn about the strong bonds that form among wildland firefighters, the rewards that come with the daring career, and the respectful, symbiotic relationship between Native Americans and fire.

For the Love of Our People Virtual Powwow

WHEN: Friday, June 25, 5 p.m. ET

WHERE: Social Distance Powwow and IllumiNative  

Earlier this month, the CDC announced 1 million Native Americans and Alaska Natyives have received the  COVID-19 vaccine.  

And that calls for a pro-vaccination celebration.  

To mark that milestone and encourage even more Indigenous people to get vaccinated , The Urban Indian Health Institute and IllumiNative are hosting the For the Love of Our People Virtual Powwow.

A chance to come together virtually, compete for prizes, and learn about Indian Country's COVID-19 vaccine  success, the Powwow will feature performances by Apsáalooke rapper and fancy dancer Supaman, Cree and Salish traditional singer Fawn Wood and Host Drum Cree Confederation.

Participants have also sent in videos to compete in virtual women’s jingle, men’s traditional and tiny tots dance competitions, and a hand drum contest.  

New Play: When We Breathe by Jaisey Bates

WHEN: Tuesday, June 29, 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Register here

Award-winning Huron playwright Jaisey Bates adds a new dimension to Navajo Nation in “When We Breathe.”  

In the imaginary Nation existing alongside the real one, the lives of a set of twins, their mother and a sibling of another species, intertwine in magical and sacred ways. 

A virtual reading of the play will be performed online on Tuesday as part of the 27th Festival of New Plays presented by the Native Voices at the Autry theatre company.

Also featured in this year’s Festival are playwrights Tara Moses (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma) and June Thiele (Athabascan/Yup’ik).

Founded in 1994, The Autry Museum of the American West’s  Native Voices at the Autry, company is the only Equity theatre company in the U.S. focusing exclusively on the development and production of new works by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights.

Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass

WHEN: Now through June 16, 2022

WHERE: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM

A glorious glass menagerie of bears, seahorses, ravens, thunderbirds and more glistening, culturally relevant creatures populate a groundbreaking new show at The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

 “Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass,” a stunning showcase of  glasswork from thirty two Indigenous artists and seminal American glass artist Dale Chihuly, re-interprets  traditional stories, designs and contemporary Indigenous issues through the versatile fire-melted material.

Divided into two parts, the exhibition looks into how Native artists mix ancestral ways with modern glass work methods and materials, and also examines the introduction of glass art to Indian Country.  

Curated by Dr. Letitia Chambers, former CEO of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and artist and museum consultant Cathy Short, “Clearly Indigenous” includes glass artists Dan Friday (Lummi), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Rory Wakemup (Minnesota Chippewa), Angela Babby (Lakota), Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo), Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo). 

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Tamara Ikenberg is a contributing writer to Native News Online. She covers tribes throughout the southwest as well as Native arts, culture and entertainment. She can be reached at [email protected].