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Native Culture in Arts & Entertainment
Motion Pictures
Turquoise Rose
Reviewed by Madeleine Whitecrow Ashe
Directed by Holt Hamilton
Starring Natasha Kaye Johnson

Everyone calls her Turquoise Rose. She corrects them, of course, reminding them that her name is actually Turquoise Roanhorse. She is a city-dwelling Navajo, an aspiring photojournalist. She has saved up for a trip to Europe. Reluctantly, she agrees to spending the summer on the reservation instead. Her Grandmother needs help and has asked for Turquoise by name.

The film is Turquoise Rose, starring newcomer Navajo actress Natasha Kaye Johnson in the title role. Most of the cast (all the Navajo parts, in fact) are played by Native American actors.  The film was shot on location in Arizona and New Mexico.

The story is simple and straightforward. At the beginning of the summer, Turquoise feels like an outsider on the reservation. She does not know the language, and she cannot seem to do anything right. But she persists; she throws herself into the challenge of learning new things (or rather old things that are new to her), and eventually she comes to rejoice in her decision to pass up her European vacation.

Shana: The Wolf's Music
Directed by Nino Jacuzzo
Starring Sunshine O'Donovan

Filmed with the People of the Creeks, the Lower Nicola Indian Band near Merritt, B C, this coming-of-age story is about a gifted young violinist, who befriends a wolf that guides her on her spiritual journey as she reconnects with her ancestors and makes peace with her mother's death. 
Literature & Music
Raymond Carlos Nakai is a Native American flautist of Navajo/Ute heritage.  He was born April 16, 1946.
Tommy Orange is a novelist from Oakland, California.  His first book There There was a finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.  Orange was also the recipient of 2019 American Book Awards.  He is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, and author.  She is the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
Pura Fé (born Pura Fé Antonia "Toni" Crescioni) is a  Native American singer, musician, composer, and activist. She is a founding member of the women's a cappella group Ulali.
Other noteworthy Native American writers, musicians, and artists to look up:  

John Rollin Ridge, Luther Standing Bear, Black Elk, Louise Erdich, Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr, James Phillip Welch, Jr, Leslie Marmon Silko, Navarre Scott Momaday, Paula Gunn Allen, Zitkála-Šá, Janet Campbell Hale, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Charles Eastman, Gerald Robert Vizenor, Rebecca Roanhorse, Simon J. Ortiz, Winona LaDuke, Tim Tingle, Mary Brave Bird, Mourning Dove, Ella Cara Deloria, Layli Long Soldier, Debra Cecille Magpie Earling, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Luci Tapahonso, Velma Wallis, Wilma Pearl Mankiller, Linda K Hogan, Eric Gansworth, Stephen Graham Jones, Heid Ellen Erdric, Ray Young Bear, Diane Glancy, Paul Chaat Smith, Tomson Highway, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, John Trudell, Stevie Salas, Jim Pepper, Joanne Shenandoah, Keith Secola, Frank Waln, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Bill Miller, Jim Boyd, Robert Mirabal, Mary Youngblood, Tom Mauchahty-Ware, Robert Tree Cody, Joseph Fire Crow, Blackfire (group), Buddy Red Bow, Debora Iyall, Spencer Battiest, Kevin Locke, Andrew Vasquez, Tommy Wildcat, Brent Michael Davids, Hawk Littlejohn, Verdell Primeaux, Arigon Starr, Charles Littleleaf, Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy, Big Chief Russell Moore, Micki Free, Mic Jordan, Jay Red Eagle, Maria Montoya Martinez, T C Cannon, Allan Houser, Fritz Scholder, Julián Martínez, Woody Crumbo, Wendy Red Star, Edgar Heap of Birds, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Kay WalkingStick, James Luna, Oscar Howe, Pablita Velarde, R C Gorman, Johnny Tiger, Jr, Jerome Tiger, W Richard West, Sr, George Morrison, Nicholas Galanin, Jeffrey A Gibson, Tom Mauchahty-Ware, Lloyd Kiva New, Nampeyo, Helen Hardin, Teri Greeves, Roxanne Swentzell, Awa Tsireh, Marcus Amerman, Franklin Gritts, Paladine Roye, Talmadge Davis, Rick Bartow, Nora Naranjo Morse, Truman Lowe, Emily Waheneka, Gerald Clarke, Dan Namingha, Enoch Kelly Haney, Will Wilson, Marie Watt, Richard Ray Whitman, James Lavadour, and Tonita Peña.

No doubt, there are many others that we have overlooked.

Indian Rodeo
Indian rodeo is the rodeo subculture of Native American rodeo athletes and First Nations athletes in Canada.  In the United States there are a number of regional associations and at least two national finals.  In Canada, Indian rodeos share a major role in small Native communities and are also featured events in larger population centers with Native populations. 

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