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Jay Tavare: Names perpetuate false images of Indian people

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

"Most American Indian tribal names are not the real names of the Indian nations. They were names given to them by their enemies or more correctly, the Indians who worked with the United States Cavalry to fight the Indians who resisted the white ways. The word "Apache" -- the tribal name for N'de people -- originally came from the Zuni word "apachu," a derogatory term that means "enemy strangers."

Also, Geronimo's real name was Goyakola, "the one who yawns a lot." We see this kind of name abuse in many areas. The Apache Helicopter is another one -- a killing machine named after the Apache Nation. In Holland and France, the street nick name for a thug is "Apache." I could go on and on, about how the Red Skins football team or Cleveland Indians baseball team's mascots are just as offensive, for instance.

American Indian heroes, and their names, should not be used without an understanding of who these folks really were and what they still mean to their people. Most of this I blame on Hollywood and the way the Indians were always demonized in film and TV -- it's no wonder the world has such a false image of the Red Nation and its heroes."


You by Gwendolyn Brooks

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM Comments comments (0)


I needed you

Wanted you

Desired you

Cared for you

All the things

To show my love

Hoping to receive

In return

I fought for you

Defended you

Took care of you

Called for you

All the things

I did for you

And still do



  Gwendolyn Butterfli Brooks May 13, 2011

Powwow honors Keeper

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 17, 2011 at 3:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Friends of the Keeper of the Plains will host their annual powwow at the Mid-America All-Indian Center.

To some people, having four American Indian powwows a year in Wichita might seem like a lot.

To Susan Seals and other representatives of Wichita's native community, however, it's not. Seals would like to see at least six powwows a year — the number that the founders of the Mid-America All-Indian Center had in mind when they drafted its bylaws.

"The whole idea when the Indian Center was built was to allow the native people to use it, to preserve our identity and culture in this community," she said. "That building is more than just a building."

She points to Oklahoma as a model, saying that the state supports and encourages as many American Indian powwows and activities as possible. "This is just commonplace in Oklahoma," she said, "because the state wants that identity promoted."

Seals is quick to note that all four powwows in Wichita are held at the Indian Center, but they are sponsored by three separate organizations.

The two-day powwow this weekend will be hosted by Friends of the Keeper of the Plains statue, the 44-foot-tall sculpture of an Indian warrior raising his hands skyward at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. It was created by Wichita artist Blackbear Bosin, who was Seals' uncle.

The Friends of the Keeper sponsor a powwow every May to mark the anniversary of the statue, which was dedicated in 1974.

In July, the Indian Center has its own powwow, and in September, the Intertribal Warrior Society has a powwow that is viewed as a fundraiser for a larger powwow in November to honor veterans.

Seals, a Kiowa-Comanche who is a descendant of Chief White Bear, says she thinks more powwows would be possible if Wichita's American Indian community wasn't dwindling as much as it is.

She is a member of a troupe of White Bear descendants who will dance this weekend at the powwow. The women will be identified by the red shawls they wear with emblems of a drum, bugle and arrow on them.

Typically, powwows feature gourd dancing in the afternoon and specialty dances in the evening, but this weekend organizers intend to mix it up by having more specialty dances in the afternoon portion, Seals said.

There will be categories for children, as well as by type — such as the snake dance, buffalo dance, two-step (the only dance in which men and women hold hands) and the potato dance.

Visitors can shop at vendor booths featuring American Indian arts and crafts, and buy Indian tacos as well as other concessions.

Dancing sessions will take place Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The powwow is free and open to the public.

As a fundraiser, Friends of the Keeper have invited two celebrities — Chaske Spencer, who plays Wolf Pack leader Sam Ulee in the popular "Twilight" movies, and soap opera star Tyler Christopher — to appear before the powwow. Both will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, for $20 a person, at the Indian Center.

If you go

friends of the keeper powwow

What: Dancing, food, arts and crafts

Where: Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca

When: 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday

How much: Free.

For more information, call 316-350-3340 or go to www.theindiancenter.org

Note: Actors Chaske Spencer and Tyler Christopher will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Indian Center as a fundraising activity for Friends of the Keeper. Cost is $20.


Celebs from General Hospital, Twilight crash in County

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM Comments comments (0)


Above, Robert Nand, actor Tyler Christopher, Joe Huff, actor Chaske Spencer and Cris Judd pose for a pictures at the Mid-American All Indian Center, Saturday.

Wellington, Kan. — Sumner County saw its share of celebrities this weekend, but you had to know exactly where to look.

Actors Tyler Christopher and Chaske Spencer were in town not only to attend a Pow Wow and sign autographs at the Mid-American All Indian Center in Wichita this weekend, but to spend time at Christopher’s mother, Susan Seal’s, home in Sumner County.

“I haven’t come here in a long time,” said Christopher.

Christopher is known for playing Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital for the past 12 years. Spencer has been in the spotlight for most recently playing the role of Sam Ulee, the lead werewolf in the Twilight movie series.

Christopher is from the Choctaw-Seneca tribe while Spencer is Lakota Sioux.

The two actors and three of their friends spent time at Seal’s home, but didn’t have the luxury of staying indoors.

“I got to meet his family, they are really nice. His parents are super cool and we’ve been sleeping out of a tee pee,” said Spencer.

Saturday morning’s low temperatures in the 40s is as far away from luxury Hollywood living as you get.

“It was freezing,” said Spencer, laughing.

“Especially in a tee pee,” joined in friend, Robert Nand.

The two Native American actors are working on new projects.

Christopher is leaving General Hospital for an ABC Family drama called, “The Lying Game” set to air this Fall. He has only two days left on the set of the long-running soap opera.

“I don’t know what my role’s going to be yet so I’m still waiting to see how that goes,” he said.

He says those in charge of the show are letting him go, but he’s not surprised.

“Our budget has been cut so much over the years and the people that have been there a long time have had their salaries bumped and they are the first to go unfortunately...Some people are going to feel the wrath unfortunately,” said Christopher.

General Hospital isn’t the only soap opera suffering. Just recently “One Life to Live” and “All my Children” were cancelled after decades on the air.

“It’s not a good sign,” said Christopher.

Despite leaving his steady role, Christopher is thrilled about moving on and his new role.

“I’m anxious to see how they are going to use me. It’s a good role. I’m playing a Native American, that seems to be my thing and that’s cool,” said Christopher.

Spencer and the rest of his wolf pack are notorious for going shirtless for most of the movies and have caught some guff for it.

“The abs are not there anymore,” said Spencer, laughing.

Spencer has already rapped filming of the last Twilight movie, “Breaking Dawn” about a month ago and will be working on the set off the upcoming movie “Winter in the Blood” where Spencer will have the lead role of Virgil First Raise.

“I get to play a Cowboy...I get to keep my shirt on,” he said laughing. “No working out for this role,”

Both Spencer and Christopher have had roles in the mini-series, “Into the West” and Spencer has even done acting in video games, most notably the Playstation 2 game, “Red Dead Revolver.”

“I was the Indian guy, the Cowboy guy. it was fun. I love doing video games. You just sit there and do different voices,” said Spencer.

Before leaving Kansas, the group was planning on going to Cowtown in Wichita. Both were pleased at the turnout at the Pow Wow, Saturday.

“People have been really cool,” said Spencer. “It’s been fun,”


'Breaking Dawn' Bed Photo And Our Other Favorite 'Twilight' First Looks

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As the hot new 'Breaking Dawn' image spreads around the Web, take a look at our favorite all-time 'Twilight' sneak peeks.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "Breaking Dawn"

"It's one of the most anticipated scenes," said "Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon.

Perhaps. More accurately, though, when it comes to Edward and Bella's first night together as a married couple, we'd say Twi-fans are consumed not with anticipation but mouth-foaming, break-out-in-a-cold-sweat madness. And the first-look photo that Entertainment Weekly has just released is only a temporary cure.

The pic shows Robert Pattinson's Edward and Kristen Stewart's Bella in bed following their marriage, each one baring some skin — though the image is strictly PG-13 stuff. "I spent a tremendous amount of time thinking about it," Condon said of the scene. "The anticipation is part of it and you want to play with what people expect and maybe subvert it a little and surprise them."

One thing that's not surprising is the way Summit Entertainment has consistently served the "Twilight" audience with juicy sneak peeks since production on the first film began. If you can pry your eyes away from that new photo for a few minutes, check out some of our other favorite first-looks from the vampire franchise.

Photos of Edward & Bella's moments in bed together.

First Look at Jacob Black

In Stephenie Meyer's book, Jacob Black is a 6-foot-7-inch 16-year-old. In the adaptation, which began filming early in 2008, Black was played by a then-largely unknown, 5-foot-9-inch 16-year-old named Taylor Lautner. MTV News delivered the first-ever look at Lautner in wig-rocking character in April of that year. "The wig is very interesting. I'm definitely going to have to get used to it," he told us. "It's like halfway down my back."

First "Twilight" Poster

The first-ever poster promoting "Twilight" arrived in May of 2008 and showed golden-eyed Edward floating over Bella, who has a look on her face that seems to say, "Who cares if this is forbidden love?" Shot by a then-18-year-old photographer named Joey Lawrence, the poster features a tagline that reads, "When you can live forever, what do you live for?"

Meet the Wolfpack

The first official look at "New Moon" debuted the Quileute werewolves: Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier. Conspicuously absent was Lautner. The actors, director Chris Weitz said, "went through wolf camp together, and they are in constant training. It paid off as a bonding thing for them and helped them to get to know one another. They drove each other to get more buff."

Meet the Volturi

Months before "New Moon" introduced the powerful bloodsuckers known as first official "New Moon" footage arrived courtesy of MTV. During the 2009's Movie Awards, we debuted the first trailer. Who did the unleashing? Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner, of course.

"Eclipse" Teaser Trailer

Released in May of 2010, the first "Eclipse" teaser gave fans everything they could have hoped for: Pattinson and Stewart together in bed, Lautner without his shirt on and a little bit of acrobatic vampire action. "Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment forever," Edward soberly announced in the promo.

Bella's Feathers

The first official look at "Breaking Dawn" was a doozy: a shot of Bella clutching a handful of feathers. It was a small peek at the aftermath of her first sexual encounter with Edward. The photo's simplicity and its reference to such a momentous scene had fans going crazy. As a typical commenter put it, "FEATHERS!! I cannot WAIT!!"

So what's your favorite "Twilight Saga" first-look moment? Tell us in the comments.

Check out everything we've got on "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1."


The Next Twilight? The Next Edward?

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Actor Rick Mora (Twilight) reflects on the winning screenplay of The Famous Monsters of Filmland and discovers the Vampire Symphony Orchestra in 'The Romanian Tomb' by Erik von Wodtke.


PRLog (Press Release) – May 09, 2011 – Actor Rick Mora (Twilight) read recently that a 2011 screenplay winner of the Famous Monsters of Filmland competition was a vampire/romance/thriller. “It’s about the secret Vampire Symphony Orchestra. Now that is Brilliant!” He said, “It's nice to see a very intriguing concept that brings class and originality to these fans. I would love to take a special date to see that romantic thrill-ride."

The Romanian Tomb, an independent feature geared towards to vampire/romance fancore, recently moved into preproduction with Producer Manette Rosen and Director Joel Bender at Rosen/Bender Productions. The indie will face a sea of tough competition as the studios gear up to replace (Twilight), the mega blockbuster series.

Rick has been around Los Angeles most of his life and has observed the swelling vamp fan growth in the entertainment industry. "Vampire romance is bigger now than ever. Remember the days of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)? A deep fan base grew with the help of the spin-off Angel, starring David Boreanaz; and the sudden popularity explosion of “geek-pop-culture” with Comic-Con and global social internet communities like the GeekGirls-Network." www.geekgirlsnetwork.com  

Rick continued to explain, "When Twilight first came out, fans had been waiting for awhile to again get their teeth into something vampire/romance. Now with the huge success of HBO's "True Blood" and CW's The Vampire Diaries , there are more scripts and concepts being shopped around town than anyone can imagine."

Rick played a small part in Twilight and has observed why Stephenie Meyer’s stories connected so well with the audience. He points out that, "Bella was extremely identifiable to that core fan base. It's as if every teenage girl's fantasy can be vicariously lived through Bella. Her awkward 1193885058 teenage drama is irresistible to women of all ages. They all want some handsome dangerous guy to fall desperately in love with them."

The much-anticipated final film of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, will be released on the 16th of November 2012. The independent feature, The Romanian Tomb, is looking to hit theaters the 1st of October 2012.



Chaske Spencer to testify to Congress against use of inappropriate Native American codename

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Chaske Spencer is going to testify to Congress against the use of inappropriate Native American codename read article for more details!

The Senate Indian Affairs committee will hold a hearing Thursday on racist Native American stereotypes, a hearing that will now also address the Osama bin Laden mission and the code-name Geronimo.

While the hearing was scheduled before the mission, a committee aide today said the linking of the name Geronimo with the world’s most wanted man is “inappropriate” and can have a “devastating” impact on kids.

“The hearing was scheduled well before the Osama bin Laden operation became news, but the concerns over the linking of the name of Geronimo, one of the greatest Native American heroes, with the most hated enemies of the United States is an example of the kinds of issues we intended to address at Thursday’s hearing,” Loretta Tuell, the committee’s chief counsel, said in a statement.

“These inappropriate uses of Native American icons and cultures are prevalent throughout our society, and the impacts to Native and non-Native children are devastating,” Tuell said. “We intend to open the forum to talk about them.”

The Senate committee is chaired by Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Thursday’s 2:15p hearing will examine how Wild West shows, Hollywood films, and Indigenous-themed sports mascots have shaped the perception of Native Americans, according to a press release. Witnesses include Tex Hall of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, Suzan Shown Harjo of the Morning Star Institute, Charlene Teters of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Stephanie Fryberg of the University of Arizona, Chaske Spencer of Urban Dream Productions, Jim Warne of Warrior Society Development.

The Obama administration has indicated that the Navy SEALs who killed bin Laden did not use “Geronimo” as the codename for him, but rather it was the code for the act of capturing or killing him.


Know Your Children

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM Comments comments (0)

Heroin is a dangerous drug. It is also one of the most widely abused drugs in the world. Many legal narcotics are derived from the opium poppy, which is also where morphine comes from.

Heroin is derived from morphine. Like many highly addictive drugs, heroin is incredibly dangerous to give to children and yet millions of children around the world become addicted to this illegal substance from an early age causing serious damage to their health and in some cases death.

Heroin was first derived from morphine in 1874. For years, it received little notice, since many scientists considered it nothing more than a curiosity. “In 1898, Bayer [the pharmaceutical company] began promoting heroin as a non-addictive painkiller and cough medicine for children and as a cure for morphine addiction.”

Of course, since heroin is derived from morphine what happens in the body is that when the liver metabolizes or breaks down heroin, the result is basically pure morphine.

When this was discovered around 1914, the government passed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act to control the sale and distribution of the drug. It was further restricted in 1924 to the point where heroin is illegal to manufacturer, sell, or posses in the United States. However since heroin is much more powerful than many other illegal drugs it is one of the most popular to smuggle.

Because heroin is very addictive, it is especially dangerous to give it to children because of their continual physical and mental development. Many high profile celebrities who have struggled with drug addictions for much of their lives began those addictions with heroin at a very young age.


Robert Downey Jr. and Courtney Love were both introduced to heroin before the age of ten and both have struggled for much of their lives with the effects of illegal drugs. Chaske Spencer from the recent Twilight movies became addicted to heroin as a teenager and lost over two million dollars and almost his entire career to heroin since the drug inhibited his desire to work or accomplish anything other than getting more heroin.

Pregnant women who use heroin must be incredibly careful if they choose to desist taking the drug since sudden withdrawal can cause miscarriage. Even if the baby should be born healthy, the infant will probably be born with an addiction to heroin since the drug affects the unborn baby as well as the mother.

Methadone is the most common “treatment” drug available for heroin addicts, but it can cause dependence as well so a reputable doctor should oversee the distribution.

Babies exposed to heroin have many more health risks than other children, such as “a ten-fold increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)”, greater risk of retardation or mental problems because of the drugs affect on their developing brain, and seizures.

Because heroin impairs the body’s normal functions, it is one of the easiest drugs to overdose on, especially for children because of their smaller body weight.

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Rick Mora – Gorgeous Native

Posted by Gwendolyn on May 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Bailey here again –

It’s been a while since I’ve written about a Native hunk, so here we go. Ever heard of Rick Mora? Hmmmm. He’s nice. VERY nice. And apparently, he’s a very busy guy. Rick is an actor, model, photographer and producer. He’s also a speaker and has done radio broadcasting.

Rick, an Apache / Yaqui Native, holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication from Cal State, Northridge. He started acting and modeling soon after graduating and was discovered by male super model agent, Omar Alberto, who envisioned the Native man in entertainment. (Thank you, Omar!)

Rick played Warrior #1 in the movie Twilight in the flashback scene when Jacob explains to Bella about the history of his Tribe with the Cold Ones. (I remember that scene!) He’s also had starring roles in The Dead and the Damned, the VILA Chronicles and Operation Repo. He is the voice of Young Turok in the animated feature Turok: Son of Stone, based on the video game, also starring Native actors, Adam Beach and Graham Greene.

As a model, Rick has 4 posters (oh yeah!) being distributed by photographer Carlos Reynosa (http://www.carlosreynosa.com). As a photographer, Rick has 9 commissioned pieces to date. He specializes in landscapes, but also shoots headshots, portfolios, children and weddings. (I think I need a headshot!) As a music lover, Rick discovers, develops and produces musicians and bands in the brutal music business. (Darn, I have no musical talent whatsoever. )

Rick also supports the fight against domestic and sexual abuse against Native women. A noble endeavor for a very serious problem.


“I am a dreamer committed to bringing my dreams to reality.” – Rick Mora