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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.

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At the height of Delaena Rae Uses Knife’s battle with COVID-19, the Lakota artist spent three restless days in a Rapid City, S.D. apartment with a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit, chills, body aches and headaches, rash, and congestion.

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CHICAGO—What would this country be like if Native people were never colonized? What if Native people weren’t always portrayed in the past or thought of as non-existent? How would future generations uphold Indigenous teachings and culture? These are only a few examples of themes that Native creatives and scholars explore through Indigenous Futurism.

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Following the release of Bring them Home/Iniskim, film director and producer Daniel Glick was nominated for three Emmys  and took home one for photography — not a bad haul for a still-rising filmmaker.

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San Luis Obispo County, Calif. & Santa Fe, N.M. — Place-based artist Leah Mata Fragua (Northern Chumash) is the next guest artist in the new virtual educational art series “Collections Spotlight.”  

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Out there, in front of an audience, Nakota LaRance’s mesmerizing talent was beauty to behold. He was a world championship-winning hoop dancer on three occasions and appeared in several TV shows and movies, including Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West” and many more. In 2015, at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, LaRance danced with Cirque du Soleil in front of more than a million viewers around the world and a crowd of thousands.

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Ann Kaneko’s new film sheds light on Manzanar’s true history––from the forced removal of Indigenous peoples to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 

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Bar Harbor, Maine –– The annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market is the premier event for showcasing and buying the signature sweetgrass and ash wood baskets of the Wabanaki people: the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot.