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Hunger Games on the Rez: Filmmakers Plan Dystopian Pine Ridge Drama

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00

It’s 2085 on Pine Ridge. The reservation has been quarantined and borders guarded by the military for 30 years....

Saturday: LA Skins Music Fest, Featuring Mia Sable and Tha Native

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00

On Saturday, August 30, the 4th Annual LA Skins Music Fest takes place at the Barnsdall Art Park Gallery Theater in Los Angeles....

Even in Australia, Reality TV Stars Get Into the Cultural Appropriation Act

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00

The Real Housewives reality TV franchise isn't limited to the United States -- and neither is cultural insensitivity when it comes to Native American culture and regali...

Tohono O’odham Life in Video Thanks to Mel Ortega and TOHONO TV

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00

If the subject deals with Native America, more specifically Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation, you’ll hear about it from videographer Mel Ortega, content producer for his YouTube...

Pocahontas Beaded Jewelry Collab Wins Special Award at Santa Fe

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00

Eclectic wearable metals artist Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa/Italian) came to Santa Fe Indian Market 2014 partnered with another think-outside-the-box fashion artist, Jamie Okuma (Luisen...

Keith Secola: On Stage With Indigo Girls, Singing Brutal Truths

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00

When you hear "NDN Car" coming over the PA system, you kinda know who's on stage....

Leo DiCaprio Tours Tar Sands, Joins Natives in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00

On Friday, actor Leonardo DiCaprio was in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, on what was reportedly a research mission for a documentary about t...

Marie Claire Features Women Fighting to Preserve Native Culture

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00

In an August 19 article, ...

'Powwow Preppers' and 'Top Chief': Indian Reality TV I'd Like to See

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

The new TV season is right around the corner. Hollywood is getting ready to launch another slate of reality programming....

Top Rug: Weaver Lola Cody Wins Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:00

Weaver Lola Cody, Navajo, has won the Best of Show award at the 2014 Santa Fe Indian Market for a massive rug that interim COO Dallin Maybee calls "incredibly impressive." The p...

10 Intricate Baskets by Santa Fe Indian Market Star Jeremy Frey

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

Highly-acclaimed basket weaver Jeremy Frey is a modest man who lets his award-winning creations speak to their, and his, strength.  “I make baskets and I’ve been blessed that pe...

Music, Laughter and Art: IFAM Wraps Day 1 (Photo Gallery)

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

The Indigenous Fine Art Market is underway in Santa Fe....

Cartoonist Without Reservations: Ricardo Cate' Is One Funny Indian

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Ricardo Cate’ is from Kewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo) and he has found a little niche for himself in the art world of Santa Fe. He draws and paints cartoons, one panel at a time, and was picked up by the Santa Fe New Mexican, the local paper of the state capital. His cartoons are seen by 60,000 readers daily, he’s close to having 4000 of them published, and he’s the only Native cartoonist featured in a daily mainstream newspaper. This attention led to a recent book of his cartoons being published last year.

Actually if you add up all that he has done, his niche grows bigger. For the last year, he’s rented a downtown space at The Mercado on 114 San Francisco St, #104, he also sells at Indian Market, this year with IFAM and in previous years with SWAIA. He was also invited to the Cherokee Art Market in Tulsa this October. Ricardo told me that he started as a nine- and 10-year-old selling his parents' art at the Palace of the Governors portal program, back when things were way different. He participates in his pueblo’s doings, dancing ceremony since he was a kid. As an adult he still loves to dance, just like at the recent Santo Domingo Feast Day on August 4th. That’s a very busy schedule but par for the course when you are among thousands of other artists trying to make a living in an art town like Santa Fe.

The book, Without Reservations, is selling, stores can’t keep it on the shelves (Amazon.com has it) but he has yet to see any royalties. He is actually reluctant to discuss it, worrying that it may go against him. It sounds like he went in on promises, and as a first time author, didn’t read the fine print, trusting the publisher. That’s too bad because Ricardo Cate’ is a genuinely nice guy doing his best to help his family and so he is constantly working every day, all week. He started up the cartoon part of his art four years ago and used to love to commute from Kewa to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner train. He has a vehicle now, so he’s on the go a lot with his shop, where he also paints, and volunteering to teach kids, any kids, and of course tending to his own kids, dropping off and picking them up. He has self-published books and that effort went well, but now he’s at a loss trying to explain and understand this problem with his new publisher.

Ricardo doesn’t act stressed, he’s just busy all the time, painting his original cartoon art, dropping off art at the New Mexican, getting ready for Indian Market or another show. He teaches and shows kids his art, they come to his shop, see his cartoons and ask him to come to their schools and he never says no. He will drop everything, arrange his schedule to visit classes, most times for free, sometimes just for travel money. I must add that culturally, it’s not his people’s way to be boastful and he isn’t. It took me a lot to coax comments that weren’t about cartoons or kids.

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Smile for the Camera -- Santa Fe Indian Market Is Here! [11 Photos]

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Santa Fe Indian Market 2014 officially takes place August 23-24, but we're well into the phenomenon called "Market Week....

Never Too Late for a Perfect Summer Song: Kinnie Starr's 'Summer Day'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

Is it August 20? Already? Well that's no reason to go putting the summer of 2014 in the books. There are still plenty of bright, bright sunshiney days in store....

Not Your Entertainment: Throat-Singer Won't Perform for Politician

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

A Nunavut actress and throat-singer has declined to perform for a member of the Canadian Parliament because she is disappointed in the MP's inaction on the issue of seismic test...

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Frank Waln to Play Anti-Pipeline Concert in Nebraska

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept....

Beadworking in Two Worlds: 10 Fascinating Pieces by Teri Greeves

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

Teri Greeves, a Kiowa bead worker originally from the Wind River reservation in Wyoming, remembers being eight years old and asking her mother, for the first time, if she co...

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