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“Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath” by Barbara Alice Mann (Seneca) in NAIS Vol.5.1 2018, University of Minnesota

Check out many other authors, books & Red Haircrow’s review of “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of #Indigenous America” by Barbara Alice Mann (Seneca) in NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies’s latest journal, Vol.5.1 2018, at the University of Minnesota. Copies available here https://www.upress.umn.edu/journal-division/journals/nais

An excerpt from the two-page review: “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath” is a collection of different and sometimes distinct indigenous perceptions, stories, legends and, while some people might call them myths, as in fiction, these are histories and explanations orally passed down that are believed true or are rooted in truth. As the aphorism states, “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”  Yet this book is more than a systematic gathering of related information primarily on serpents and thunderbirds or sky and earth beings, none unique or forbidden because it is all available if you know where to look, and far more than a work detailing then condemning European proclivities, past or present.  It is correction by example, of misattribution, mislabeling, and at times a “blow-by-blow” timeline of western interference and biased disdain for actual native wisdom and realities, while conversely other Europeans appropriated and erased.”

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Call For Submissions – Native/Indigenous Film & Multimedia Screening Opportunity

In cooperation with Xart Splitta, we want to help showcase Native/indigenous films in Berlin, Germany through Fall/Winter 2018.

Main Themes for films or other multimedia projects by and about:

  • Native/indigenous women
  • GLBTIQ communities or two-spirit persons
  • contemporary themes and indigenous futurisms
  • decolonization of cuisine, culture, languages and traditions or environmental practices.


Discussion panels, workshops and lectures are planned. Filmmakers and artists don’t have to be on location in Berlin but would be very welcome. We can also arrange discussions via video chat. We are open to themes and compositions to accompany your films.

The purpose is for Natives to present and represent themselves and help educate on and lessen Native stereotypes and stereotyping through sharing their stories and experiences on their own terms.

The schedule is now being planned and will be finalized by August. The number of screenings and events will be based on the number of submissions.

Please contact us through our website form, including descriptions and links to your work, your availability and a short bio/profile. Also, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.


About Us

Xart Splitta is a registered association for the empowerment and support of human rights, women’s issues, GLBTIQ and racial and ethnic equality, among others. https://www.xartsplitta.net/en/people-at-xart-splitta/



Red Haircrow is a writer, educator, filmmaker and chef of Native (Chiricahua Apache/Cherokee) and African American heritage currently based in Berlin, who holds a BSc in Psychology, counsels selectively and is a Master’s student at MSU Bozeman, NAS. https://redhaircrow.com/  and Flying With Red Haircrow Productions.





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“That’s a Wrap!” Photos from #Documentary Finale Scene Shoot in #Berlin, Sept 30th!

A sincere thank you to everyone who came out to participate and help with filming great scenes that will be included in upcoming documentary Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes and as production extras for the DVD! It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon in Germany beside the picturesque Tegelsee in Berlin. As I am almost exclusively “behind the camera”, it was nice to finally see myself in photos, which were taken by Viveka Frost and Haven Smith, who are part of our team.

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A Unique Experience By #Yu’pik Director: SHORE #Dance Performance, October 11-18th

unnamed(Photo from Native Arts & Cultures Foundation)

“SHORE is a multi-day performance installed in four equal parts:

Dance, Story, Volunteerism & Feast. “

“If you are seeking an amazing arts adventure and live in or near Seattle, Wash., it is not too late to attend and/or participate in “SHORE”.

“SHORE” examines the metaphorical convergence of environments—beginning where land meets water and vice-versa called ‘shore.’  “SHORE’s” performance incorporates the elements of volunteerism, story and dance and concludes with a “feast” – all of which result in a dynamic and powerful community participatory experience.

Choreographed and directed by Emily Johnson (Yup’ik), “SHORE” is an outstanding  achievement in innovative installation dance performance and community engagement.  Ms. Johnson’s work further advocates for the principles incorporated in traditional Native culture that emphasize the value placed on social equity within the broader community.

The last opportunity to experience “SHORE”  will be in Seattle the week of October 11th through 18th, 2015, when it completes its 2015 tour at various locations to be announced.

To become involved as an audience member or participant, choose any of these event dates:

  • STORY, October 11:  Local writers share their work relating to home, place and land in a curated reading at Hugo House.
  • VOLUNTEERISM, TBA:  Community members are invited to come together to address an issue of local concern through action.
  • PERFORMANCE, October 15-17:  The heart of the project is a multi-layered dance piece featuring community singers and movers together with dancers from Emily’s group, Catalyst Dance. Performances will be held at On the Boards.
  • FEAST, October 18:  SHORE ends in a community potluck. Participants are invited to bring dishes to share with the gathered community.

“SHORE” is one of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s Community Inspiration Projects. For more information about SHORE and Seattle locations, please go to the SHORE website.


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The Lone Ranger Premiere, Berlin, Germany, 19 July-I Was On The Red Carpet

premiereYou can view me among all the others there, on the official live stream video at the CineStar.de website.

Thousands of people flocked to see the stars arrive, and especially Johnny Depp of course, and I was standing right there and had the opportunity to take several photos, videos and get within arm’s distance as he passed me on the way into the theatre. I am not a fan of Johnny Depp, nor of any film stars or any such people. People are people to me, no matter how much money they have, who they are or who others think they are, nor by material or the items on their resumé. The inside: The Person matters to me. No idolizing.

I don’t know Johnny Depp, so I can’t say if I like him or dislike him. I was just there taking in the moment and to support my Native American Indian bro who was part of the festivities more directly. After we left the red carpet, headed downstairs to the theatres to enjoy complimentary spirits and snacks, among German celebrities of all kinds, while Johnny and the others continued to answer fan questions upstairs and promote the film, I called my mother and said, because I know she likes Johnny and follows film: “You’ll never guess where I am…..”

The full article is now available at Indian Country Today Media Network, as I was covering the event for the multi-media group owned and operated by Native Americans. Naturally, more photos I made of the event will be there.

Questions I’ve been asked:

Weren’t you excited to be so close to him?

It seemed a little surreal, but it was more interesting to be in a small area so strongly focused upon by millions, including those on location and those watching from television, computer or mobile devices.

Does he really look as handsome as he does in photo & film or is that airbrushing or something?

He looked exactly as he does in photo or film where he is just in plain clothes (no make-up or props), but from my psychology training on body language, etc.: he seemed quite tired. Understandable considering they were just at the Toyko premiere July 17th, and had just flown in, besides the generally blasé or negative reviews the film has received.

Did you want to shake his hand?

No, but then I rarely shake hands or touch anyone unless they are very well known to me. It’s an Apache thing. We don’t usually touch anyone in public.

Why didn’t you get his autograph?

I am someone who has only general and rather ephemeral interest in most material things (besides books), so no interest. Besides which, I’d have been kicked off the red carpet for trying any such thing. You are coached and expected to behave in a certain way, within certain parameters.

What did you do after you were off the red carpet?

We all went downstairs to the VIP area as I mentioned above. In comparision to my crazy race in a taxi to get to the red carpet after the call I received, I took the regular public transport home at a leisurely pace; stopped to pick-up a döner kebap for dinner, and laughed every now and then as I walked home as the unbelievability of my walk on the rote teppich.

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