Monthly Archives: November 2010

I’m Not Cryin’ – Flight of the Concords

We’ve been talking about gender roles in the media in my Pop Culture and Mass Communication class this past month.  The topic gets heavy, hard and really personal at times, so I was thrilled when students Sarah and Taylor posted this hilarious Flight of the Concords music video on their blog:



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The Magic of the Northern Lights

No need for words here.  Just click on the link and watch one of the most beautiful sights in the world. By Tor Even Mathisen.

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Art and Neutralizing the Indian Act at NMAI

I was amazed last Friday to encounter this exhibit by Algonquin artist Nadia Myre at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Between 1999 and 2002 Nadia enlisted 230 friends and colleagues to help her bead over the words of the Indian Act – the diabolical legislated colonization of Canadian Indians which began in 1876 and continued until the 1980s. Under this act, my mother sold our Indian rights in 1970 – we are Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve. On 56 panels Nadia and friends used white beads to obscure the words of the act and red to fill in the empty space. Her intent was to neutralize the text.  If anyone has any questions about whether art is effective at healing trauma – just ask me.  Powerful.

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The Weekly Rupert

Little Big Dawg loved his fall afternoon at Blandy Experimental Farm.

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