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This painting stems from in the Heart of Women exhibit which showed with other Indigenous women during February 2015 at the Round House in Vancouver BC.  Also, I showed still photographs in the exhibit.  Although this painting is unfinished decided to show it anyhow.  Illustrates essay Ode to Indigenous Peoples Day, October 10, 2016.  


Yes it’s good to read an article in Truthout October 10, 2016, “Dismantling Columbus and the Power of the Present” written by Jaskiran Dhillo and Siku Allooloot, Indigenous writers from Canada. I am Dine’ filmmaker from U.S. It’s good that Indigenous people at Standing Rock resisted the mining in North Dakota, but not to forget the eras of mid 60’s – mid 70’s when change happened in U.S. as well: women, people of color, Indigenous resisted Richard Nixon and his policies of Cointelpro. Red Power emerged, broke open to the mainstream media and public: take over at Alcatraz, take over of B.I.A. building and Fish Ins in Washington state and other events. Indigenous always resisted colonization since Jamestown, Massachusetts, 1609-10. 1800-late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Indigenous people resisted U.S. Federal government’s military and policies at Sand Creek, Sand Creek Massacre, Wounded Knee Massacre, the many long walks Indigenous were forced to walk in snow, cold, heat many miles by forced removal from their lands stolen from U.S. federal government and among many other sad and ugly stories not written in secondary school history books, which should be: genocide.  These stories are deleted in most Hollywood westerns. Some Presidents were more hateful than others to get rid of us such as Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson. Most were ignorant of us. Most politicians still are ignorant of us. Some Indigenous in U.S. were against A.I.M. but some people like myself, saw flaws of A.I.M. I tried to understand their history; yet at the same time I saw the positives. During February 1973 a period of time in my life I noticed for the first time, mainstream media illustrated us Indigenous to the world as contemporary people—we existed because of Wounded Knee. I lived in SF, San Francisco, 1971 after Haight Ashbury mellowed out. I attended San Francisco Art Institute to complete my B.F.A. in still photography. Second year, Spring 1973 at SFAI, 22 years old, I picked up a paper. Saw an article that said Indigenous fights with FBI at a church in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, which lasted February-March. I wanted to go out there and still photograph it, shoot it but I also wanted to finish my degree in still photography. I completed my B.F.A. in still photography May 1973 from S.F.A.I. I went on to complete my M.F.A. in filmmaking, graduate level at UCLA, 1986. I always followed the A.I.M. movements and any Indigenous movements happening.


Sometimes I wonder if mainstream wants to forget or do they not know? Or does mainstream want us to disappear. Myself and other Indigenous people know we did not disappear. The land is important. Always has been about the land. We lived on the land before Columbus arrived. Since first colonization to the present U.S. Federal government knew that, except U.S. Federal government usually chooses instead to gloss over and propagandizes the truth. Motivation is to obtain the gas, oil or uranium on Indigenous lands usually without consultation. We never lost our sovereignty as Federal government says. Always had sovereignty. When Columbus came over to claim the land of America for Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon, Spain, we Indigenous already lived here with developed languages and cultures. According to proclamation, 1 of 10 points from Doctrine of Discovery, Indigenous had to convert to Christianity or they were enslaved, gotten rid of or other negative actions performed. “Native America, Discovered and Conquered, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark and Manifest Destiny” written by Indigenous Shawnee lawyer Robert J. Miller explains the Doctrine of Discovery. We exist. Massacre still happens in Brazil among Indigenous right now.  Indigenous U.S. writers: Leslie Marmon Silko, Linda Hogan, Joy Harjo, James Welch, Vine Deloria, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Lois Red Elk and other writers and Indigenous Canada writers: Marie Ann Harte, Jonina Lynn Kirton, Kelly Rhoulette, Jacqueline Quewezance, Tracey Lindberg and other writers, all wrote works: novels, essays and poetry about contemporary Native life. Indigenous female, male writers and screenwriters will continue to write more books, novels, essays, screenplays and comedies about this history and different contemporary life. I express this because I know the arts best among various fields. I hope in the future the Powhatan people or an Indigenous Nation similar to Powahatan writes and airs a screenplay or teleplay about the real Thanksgiving at Jamestown on national television, Thanksgiving Day in U.S.  Many more ideas and hopes about Indigenous people abound for the future.  To remember those Indigenous people who resisted colonialism in North America before 2016.  



Yesterday I danced and viewed films. Besides filmmaking I luv dance. I luv to dance. I attended a performance Ta’ctil, 4 dancers composed of women yesterday afternoon where people donated to view and hear the performance at the Round House. The dance companies usually perform performances at 2 venues. One located at Granville Island. I arrived ahead of time 1:20 pm and this time I got into the performance. I bought the ticket right off. Waited in line for about 40 min but waiting seemed short. Was happy to get a ticket to see perf. Flamenco performance-dancers performed a contemporary flamenco non-tradish performance. I still liked it. Different. Flamenco dancers keep up the beat and rhythm with their feet, shoes, hands clapping and body.

Afterwards I took a one hour dance class, flamenco taught by the dancers themselves from the company. Some men took it. Wasn’t all women as usual. Clap hands to keep a beat. Move steps to keep a beat. The main teacher taught us and showed us by clapping with hands and moving the feet. To maintain the beat whether 1,2, 3, 4 or to dance or clap with hands on the off beat. To maintain the off beat was hard. Could do it, but need more practice to do it better. Also she taught us a combination to dance. We had to all learn it. The dance class was an hour, but it seem to last a longer time. I came out of the class on a cloud again. High in the sky as Lucy in the Sky worth Diamonds. Dance makes me float.

When I came home I viewed an older film with Linda Blair—don’t know the title—LA in the late 70’s about her and roller skating. She’s a rich kid from Bev Hills. I liked it. Since I luve dance it had good dance scenes of people who knew how to roller skate in the old way, mid-70’s style with the roller ball bearings wheels and all. In fact I own a pair of white roller skates exactly like the actors-dancers that they skated in the film. Skates are still in good condition, too. I skated at the Santa Monica board walk. I remember Ron Mulvihill skated at UCLA film school around like that.

After that I viewed another film Breakfast at Tiffany’s the novel Truman Copote wrote. Another writer George Axelrod adapted novel into screenplay. I viewed it on regular tv when I was young. Never forgot it. I bought the dvd in good condition at a second hand store 2 days ago. A red cat plays a pivotal role and character in the film, Holly Go Lightly’s cat. Happy but sad. Last part so sad. Lightly she was supposed to go to Brazil and marry a rich guy but he writes her a letter says no. George Peppard character proclaims his love for her. She shuts on him too. From all that she acts so mean. Suddenly she throws cat out of taxi, shoos him out into the wet rain onto the streets of New York. George Peppard tells her off, you’re no good, subtext. He leaves and gets out of the taxi. Looks for the cat. She recomposes, gets out and looks for cat in alley. Sees Peppard there. She looks for cat and can’t find cat. When all she thinks all is lost, she hears meow, grabs cat, puts cat inside her coat to protect him from cold and wet. Takes the cat and walks towards Peppard. He doesn’t say a word. She kisses him, her way make up. She’s wrong. He’s right.

The film has some good music. Moon River is famous from the music sound track. That song fitted perfect for the film. Holly Go Lightly is a N.Y. cosmopolitan woman in early or mid-60’s. Hepburn played her part. Film wasn’t perfect all the way. In director commentary producer Richard Shepard said he wished he could’ve cast a Japanese actor for role Mickey Rooney played. Edwards wanted Rooney. Glad to hear producer Shepard say that.


Viewed the moon the other night.  Glow surrounded it.

Lots of paper work to work on.  Too much but I have to do it.  

Some are applications I have to turn in.  If I work harder this week on one, application, it’ll be finished.  Be glad to finish it.  

Been reading Indian Country Today newspaper and certain news that draws my attention.  One writer from Indian Country Today noticed that some Native Americans have to speak up or interrupt the speakers speaking at their campaign speeches for the November 2016 Presidential election because people like  Sanders, Clinton, all of them ignore the presence of Indigenous people when they speak about people in the U.S.  In any speeches and even here in Canada, but not in all of Canada, the candidates do not mention Indigenous people.  Of course when one speaks up, a person brings on the wrath of the conservatives.  There are conservative Indigenous people.  I can tell because of what I said.  No one has to tell me. I know and can feel the vibrations.  

Trump I hope you do not win.  Wish an Indigenous person ran for President in U.S.  If it happened Bolivia, it can happen in U.S.  

I try to be optimistic but….It’s a day by day thing to be optimistic.