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INDIGENOUS AND REGIONAL CULTURES
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News from Bronitsky and Associates
Bringing Together Indigenous Peoples and the World Since 1992
Dr Gordon Bronitsky, President, Bronitsky and Associates, 216 Edith SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, cell 505-238-3739; e-mail
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A bi-monthly newsletter from Bronitsky and Associates featuring events and people from Indigenous and Regional cultures in the international scene - festivals, funding, conferences, publications and current issues.
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Our News - what's keeping us busy!
Gordon Bronitsky in Belize
Inuit Throat Singer Lois Suluk Locke Performing for the Queen of England
Chinle Valley Singers in Oman
Native Pride Dancers in Jordan
Norwegian Sami Band Transjoik at Planet IndigenUs Festival in Toronto, Canada, on August 18, 2012
Native American Performing Artist Larry Yazzie and Gordon Bronitsky in Siberia in August
Gordon Bronitsky Invited to Speak in Mongolia
Gordon Bronitsky Invited to Speak at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Aboriginal Australian Artist and Arts Manager On Speaking Tour of the United States in October
Gordon Bronitsky, Founder and President of Bronitsky and Associates, was in Belize May 30-June 4 to partnering with the National Institute of Culture and History. Both parties have consented to a Memorandum of Agreement and will begin working together immediately to begin developing IndigeNOW! World Indigenous Music Festival.
Belize is a beautiful and diverse country, both geographically and culturally. Whenever Gordon visits a foreign country, the first phrase he wants to learn is “Why not?’--and on this visit, he learned how to say this very useful phrase in Kriol, Garifuna and Mopan Maya. Check out the blog to learn about what he experienced in Belize!
Lois Suluk Locke just returned home to Arviat, Nunavut after performing for the Queen of England--an experience of a lifetime!
After flight delays in Rankin Inlet and Winnipeg, she arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport, a day late, no one to pick her up so she had to take a cab to Windsor Castle. The cabdriver wasn’t familiar with the locale so Lois had to give him directions. “Hehe, a little Inuk telling someone local where to go, funny.”
The motto of all the participants--artistic director Guillaume Saladin, Lois, her throatsinging partner Celina Kalluk, and drummers Thomas Johnston and Terry Uyarak--was “Be careful what you dream of -- it might come true”. And in Lois’ own words, “It really was a dream come true.”
She and Celina throatsang “the wind - anuri”. It was broadcast on British TV June 3--we hope all our readers in the UK were able to see this outstanding performance.
Celina wore Lois’ great grandmother’s beaded amauti, and used it to carry her baby daughter, who was very popular with the crowds.
The Queen gave the Inuit performers souvenirs in appreciation for their performance, souvenirs of the performance which will never be forgotten.
Lois was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal on June 15. The medal was awarded for her work with youth and elders, and for her throatsinging.
The Chinle Valley Singers are a Navajo family group who believe strongly in preserving tradition through sharing their rich Navajo tradition in story-telling and in songs and dances which they have adapted from ceremonial contexts for use in Navajo social and entertainment contexts. They will tour to Oman July 8-13, 2012, to perform at the Salalah Festival in Oman under the auspices of the United States embassy in Muscat. The Salalah Festival is a large cultural festival in southern Oman which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The Chinle Valley Singers have previously performed in Estonia, Latvia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, England, Italy and Dubai and we invite you to follow them along on this tour on our blog.
We have received copies of the event flyers from the U.S. Embassy in Muscat:
- July 11 performance at Dofar Municipality Recreational Theater
- July 12 performance at Oman Auditorium
Bronitsky and Associates is working with the United States Embassy in Amman, Jordan, to bring Minnesota’s own Native Pride Dancers to Jordan perform as part of the annual Jerash Festival to be held July 4-14, 2012. The Native Pride Dancers will also spend part of their time performing in Madaba, the cultural capital for 2012, and in Aqaba at Revolutionary Yard, to include an audience from Southern Jordan.
The Jerash Festival, Jordan's premier arts and cultural showcase, will be held in July amongst the ancient ruins of Gerasa, one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. The festival is the largest summer event and attracts audiences from all over Jordan and from many other countries.
Two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer and member of The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki. Larry Yazzie is the founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, he has earned the reputation for being one of the nation’s leading experts on Native American dance. In May, 2010 he and his son Jessup were the sole U.S. performers invited for performances and workshops throughout northern France.
He founded Native Pride Arts to give back to his community and to the world. By sharing life stories through music, dance and storytelling, we nurture meaningful communication among all people. Larry’s goal is to share cultural traditions through artist-in-residency performances, workshops, lectures, classroom instruction and performances enhancing access to diverse, multicultural artists for people of all ages and backgrounds. His warm, enthusiastic spirit truly reflects the beauty of Indigenous people. Following the tradition of his elders, he is giving back enriching the lives of First Nations for generations to come. /p>
Transjoik, the premier contemporary Sami band, creates music that is exciting, vital, and powerful! Song, throat joiking, a muezzin’s call to prayer, rap, or recitation? Transjoik consists of four musicians who use the human voice in a way you’ve never heard before. Derived from old joik recordings on wax cylinders, the group’s music establishes a mood that is at once modern and timeless and suggestive.
The vocal phrasing is reinforced by two drum sets, synth, electronic loops, and bass guitar. If one must speak in terms of musical categories, electronic, ambient, and trance are possible points of comparison. Of course, the term “world music” may also be used. Whatever the genre, Transjoik has taken it a step beyond.
Since 2004, Planet IndigenUs - in partnership with Brantford, Ontario's Woodland Cultural Centre - has explored cultures through Indigenous artists. Through a 10-day, international multi-disciplinary arts festival attended by over 200,000 people - the largest and first Indigenous festival of its kind - Planet IndigenUs has raised public awareness, broken stereotypes and fostered a cross-cultural dialogue.
Planet IndigenUs gives prominence to the voices, stories and cultures of Indigenous people that are largely absent from the mainstream narrative, and has since evolved from its original festival format to encompass education, outreach, youth projects, commissions, professional development for artists and their communities and internships throughout Canada.
The organizers of the Eallaida festival in the town of Zhiygansk in the Evenk district of Yakutia have invited Native American performing artist Larry Yazzie to perform at this year’s festival August 23-25. Gordon Bronitsky will accompany Mr Yazzie as tour manager and to meet with the festival organizers and other Siberian Indigenous community representatives, artists and performer to begin developing closer ties.
The Evenk are the Indigenous people of the region.
You can learn more about the hosts by following these links:
- Click here for the original site in Russian
- Use this link for an English version courtesy of Google Translate
Gordon Bronitsky has been invited to speak in Mongolia September 22 by the New Media Foundation. They are the organizers behind TEDxUlaanbaatar and other TEDx events in Mongolia. Their event is part of a global community of TED and TEDx events happening in hundreds and thousands of locations around the planet bound together by the mission of gathering ideas worth spreading.
The Business Association of Multicultural Students (BAM) at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota has invited Gordon Bronitsky to speak about international cultural marketing October 4. We’ll have more details in future newsletters.
Bronitsky and Associates is working to bring Aboriginal Australian artist and arts manager Michelle Broun from Perth to speak in the upper Midwest and New Mexico in October. Michelle has worked in the areas of arts and culture since 1989, mostly in Western Australia, but also for a short period in the Northern Territory of Australia. In the 1990’s she worked as a freelance artist and curator, presenting a major exhibition of Aboriginal and Pacific Islander crafts in Beijing with a Perth-based NGO. She is a qualified cultural planner, and has worked in the not-for-profit sector, local government and State Government as an arts and cultural Project Officer.
In her various roles in the arts and cultural areas, she has experience as a project manager, an events coordinator, public and community art coordinator, and as a manager funding programs. Through cultural mapping and research, Michelle has developed, implemented and evaluated arts and cultural policy and programs. She specializes in working across cultures, connecting cultures, promoting understanding between people and facilitating partnerships and collaborations are Michelle’s special interests.
She brought Gordon Bronitsky to Australia to speak at the Western Australia Indigenous Arts Showcase--his first visit to Australia--and they met up again last year when Gordon spoke at the Western Australia Indigenous Tourism Operators Conference. Now it’s our turn to return the favor!
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Selling Yarns 3: Weaving the Nation’s Story
Feb 28 - March 3, 2013
National Museum of Australia
Selling Yarns 3: weaving the nation’s story is a conference, workshop, market day, and exhibition program that promotes and showcases textile and fibre craft and design practices of Indigenous artists from across Australia.
Selling Yarns 3 will align its activities with the centenary of Canberra celebrations in 2013 and will primarily explore the place of Indigenous textile practices in the story of nation building in Australia. Its primary focus is to demonstrate that through cultural practices a dialogue can be had that draws all interested parties together for the benefit of a rich and sustainable Indigenous culture, and to promote and share contemporary Indigenous textile practice.
Selling Yarns 3 is the third national event in the series and will build on the outstanding sell-out successes of Selling Yarns: Australian Indigenous Textiles and good business in the 21st Century, 2006 and Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability, 2009.
The activity will provide an opportunity for practitioners, academics, industry leaders and the general public to come together to extend the conversations about the place of contemporary Indigenous textiles in the broader national arena. An exciting program for delegates and the general public will foster artistic and cultural exchange, and create professional development opportunities.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National University.
Telephone: 02 6262 9333
Lithuanian folk music band
New CD “The Wonders of the Beggar‘s Kingdom”
SUTARAS/Kukū Records SMF 049 2012
This CD is dedicated to all those who have nothing to eat today, do not know where they will sleep, clothe themselves with what they find in the street and live in uncertainty about what tomorrow will bring. That is: beggars, refugees, slaves, hostages, those who have been displaced, swindled, and unwelcomed in Europe…Africa…America…those who live in the Beggars’ Kingdom.
With these songs and hymns we wanted to show the beggars’ problems, worldview and relationship with their surroundings and colleagues. We do not aim to replicate the repertoire of the past with the same tempos, timbres and intonations. Instead, we allow ourselves to sing and play the songs as they would sound today, thereby demonstrating the relevance, inventiveness, universality and improvisational potential of this repertoire.
For more information please email or .
Kayenta Arizona 4th of July First Annual Music Festival
Kayenta, Arizona, USA
Kayenta Recreation Park
The best bands in the Navajo Nation--The Plateros, Saving Damsels, Chuckie Bagay and the Mother Earth Blues Band, Coalition, Skool Boy Kook, Pax Harvey
July 6-8, 2012
Carnaval Beach, Ancol
Yn Chruinnaght - The Manx National Intercelt Festival
July 14-21, 2012
Yn Chruinnaght translates to “The Gathering”. The festival celebrates Manx culture featuring the music, dance, arts, language and traditions of Celtic countries - Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany.
The Stable Building
The University Centre
Old Castletown Road
Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 1QB
Phone: +44 (07624) 425957, or +44 (01624) 695784
Bali Arts Festival
June 11 - July 9, 2012
The Bali Arts Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2008 with the participation of about 10,000 artists taking part in the 30-day festival. The events offer a unique opportunity to see local village culture first hand. Highlights include an international puppetry show that is included within the context of the Festival, as well as the inclusion of five ASEAN countries presenting musical performances. Tourists are warmly welcomed.
Support for Contemporary Performing Art Projects
The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, administered by Creative Capital, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. MAP assists artists, ensembles, producers, and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies a spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Priority is given to work early in its development; the touring or documentation of completed projects is not eligible for funding.
Applications for MAP grants must come from U.S. nonprofit organizations. (Artists or ensembles may apply through a fiscal sponsor.) Applying organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience. The online letter of inquiry process opens September 4, 2012 with a due date of October 17, 2012. Invited proposals must be submitted by December 10, 2012. Visit the MAP website for eligibility information and application guidelines.
Cultural Entrepreneurship Conference
University of Turku, Finland
10-11 December, 2012
The conference will be hosted by Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, Pori Unit at 10 - 11 December 2012. The conference theme, Networked Cultural Heritage and its ‘Impact’ on Place Brands - Global Perspectives on Capturing Value through Entrepreneurial Partnerships, brings out the role that new patterns of activities, relationships and new forms of networking between regions in tandem with cultural production can play in enhancing regional and national competitiveness.
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
November 9-12, 2012
Feel like your marketing campaigns are lost up in the clouds? Are you concerned that the changing winds of new media may carry away your loyal audience?
The 2012 National Arts Marketing Project Conference: Getting Down to Business, November 9-12, 2012, in Charlotte, NC, will provide the business and marketing tools you need to plant you and your organization firmly on the ground while you set your sights high and seek new ventures.
Art Sponsorship Management Tool Kit (South Africa)
The BASA Art Sponsorship Management Toolkit is designed to develop a company's capabilities to plan, manage and executive more effective art sponsorships. In this way, enhanced sponsorship management practices can provide a business with a set of distinct capabilities that offer an additional source of competitive advantage. The toolkit will improve the skills and expertise of a company's sponsorship management team, which can help set a company apart from its competitors.
Konstnären och kulturnäringarna/Artists and the Arts
In the freshly published anthology Artists and the Arts Industries, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee puts the artistic perspective in centre of the discussion on cultural and creative industries (CCI).
Five people; researchers, independent analysts, professors, and an artist, were asked to contribute a text reflecting on the artistic practice and CCI and the result has become an interesting anthology putting the light on different and perhaps unexpected aspects of the discussion.
Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Mapping Toolkit
by Sipiriano Nemani
The Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Mapping Toolkit was developed by Sipiriano Nemani, Policy and Planning Analyst at the Department of National Heritage, Culture and Arts in Suva, Fiji, and commissioned by the Human Development Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
This toolkit is written from the perspective of a government cultural agency that is the initiator of a cultural mapping project. However, this does not stop communities from using the mechanisms outlined in this toolkit, adapting them to their own situation, and initiating the project themselves should they have the available resources to facilitate data collection. Doing so would provide a sense of ownership of the initiative, boost the morale of local people in safeguarding their initiative and, in the Pacific way, revitalise and promote the transmission of cultural information.
European Journal of American Studies, Special Issue 2013 American Identities in the Graphic Novel
CALL FOR PAPERS
The graphic novel has staked out a discursive terrain that encompasses identity on many levels. Superhero comics, and the extended works derived from them, appeal to the fertile iconography within the comics genre as well as the broader motifs of cultural myth. In addition, personal identities are frequently explored via graphic novel autobiography; these also treat broader concerns of culture that orbit issues of individual and collective identities. This special issue of the European Journal of American Studies will be co-edited by Pawel Frelik and Michael J. Prince, and will explore diverse expressions of American identities in the graphic novel and volume-length collections of comics series. Among relevant topics are:
- Visual depictions of national identity
- Works that support or interrogate reigning cultural myth of identity, for instance the myth of the West and the American Dream
- Intertextual (and extratextual) influences from literature, cinema, art and society
- Expressions of ethnic identities (Jewish, African-American, Asian, Native American), gender and class
- Comparisons with "illustrated novels," for example those of Mark Twain, John Dos Passos, and Ishmael Reed
- European, Middle-Eastern, African, Australasian, or Asian perceptions of America/US in the graphic novel form
Send a short, precise abstract of your article (maximum 600 words ) to no later than 30.09.2012. Please include your title and institutional affiliation(s). You will be informed if your proposal has been accepted by 01.11.2012, and final copies of your articles must be in our hands by 31.01.2013 in order to complete the peer-review process.
Violence Hits Brazil Tribes in Scramble for Land
The expansion of huge cattle ranches and industrial-scale farms in remote regions has produced a land scramble that is leaving the ancestors of Brazil’s original inhabitants desperate to recover tribal terrains, in some cases squatting on contested properties.
Historic Appointment of First Female Chair to the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, Australia
The Hon. Simon Crean MP, Minister for the Arts announced on Monday 21 May 2012 the appointment of Ms Lee-Ann Buckskin as Chair Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board.
Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture Celebrates National
Culture Day, Botswana
The Department of Arts and Culture in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture in collaboration with Goodhope Sub- District held National Culture Day Commemoration on the 21 May 2012 at Goodhope Main Kgotla. The purpose of the Commemoration was to give the community an opportunity to revive, promote and dialogue on their cultural heritage. The occasion served as a platform for exchange of information on aspects of culture which will lead to the appreciation and respect of culture.
The theme for the event was “Culture is My Business” translated to Setswana is “Ngwao Ke Boikarabelo Jwame’’. The theme was set to address and encourage all Batswana, to take responsibility and ownership of promoting and safeguarding their cultural heritage. In addition, it sought to advocate for the inclusion of culture as an integral sector in all spheres of development. The theme also persuaded the business community, civil society and the private sector to consider cultural industries as a fundamental contributor in the diversification of Botswana’s economy.
More Than 1,000 Primary School Students Will Visit the
Kermadec Exhibition at the New Zealand High Commission in
Nuku'alofa, Tonga, from 22 May to 1 June 2012.
In May 2011 the Kermadec Initiative of the Pew Environment Group invited nine of the South Pacific's most prestigious and highly-acclaimed artists to join them on the navy ship HMNZS Otago to voyage from New Zealand, through the Kermadec region, to Tonga. The resultant Kermadec Exhibition is a celebration of that journey.
The high-calibre exhibition has already been exhibited in Tauranga and Auckland where it has received significant acclaim. A selection of the works has been chosen for an exhibition in Tonga as a tribute to the special place that the Kingdom holds in the Kermadec artists' journey.
Record Delegation of Indigenous Artists for the Festival of
The Australia Council for the Arts is proud to announce that 50 of Australia’s best Indigenous artists will attend the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) to be held in the Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara on July 1 - 14.
For For more information please contact: .
MA in Cultural Policy and Management (Interculturalism and Mediation
in the Balkans)
University of Belgrade, Serbia
MA in Cultural Policy and Management study program, taught in English and French, is internationally acclaimed and accredited by the University of Lyon 2 and supported by other partner universities, professional organizations and guest experts from all over Europe and worldwide, who seek an innovative, stimulating and unique study environment.
MA in Cultural Policy and Management is implemented through lectures, project making, research based learning, problem-solving, small group work, internships in France and Balkan countries, seminars and workshops designed to help the student develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues.
Application Deadline: September 21, 2012
General information can be obtained at www.arts.bg.ac.rs; for detailed information or any inquiries, contact the Program Coordinator directly at or +381 11 262 4281
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