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Professor’s TEDx Talk about Native American Mascots Selected as Editor’s Pick by TED

Professor’s TEDx Talk about Native American Mascots Selected as Editor’s Pick by TED
Author: TEDxUOregon, Portland State University
Posted: June 12, 2014

This spring, Indigenous Nations Studies program Director and Professor Dr. Cornel Pewewardy spoke in Eugene as part of TEDxUOregon. Professor Pewewardy, who is a nationally recognized expert on Native American mascots in schools and in the media, gave a talk entitled, “Walk a Mile in My Redface: On Ending the Colonial in Schools, Sports Culture, Mass Media and Civic Life.”

Professor Pewewardy’s talk was recently selected as an “Editor’s Pick” amongst thousands of talks for a feature on the TED website.

Professor Pewewardy is Comanche-Kiowa and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He was named “Teacher of the Year” by the National Indian Education Association in 2009 and was awarded the Carl A. Grant Multicultural Research Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education in 2011.

About TEDx
In the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, independently organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. A combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos help to spark deep conversation and connections in the community. Over the past five years, there have been more than 10,000 TEDx events in 167 countries.

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Sherman Alexie’s Favorite Films About Native Americans

Sherman Alexie’s Native American heritage features prominently in his work, including Smoke Signals, the 1998 film he wrote based on his short story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.” We asked Alexie what films by or about Native Americans he would recommend to our viewers. His list spans four decades and includes fictional films and documentaries; some are classics, others are under-the-radar indies. Here are trailers and clips from each film.

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Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

Found another great Facebook page. Thanks to my friend Claudia Foxtree  for pointing it out.


Also on the web — Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources is the leading source for news, information, articles, videos, and more on indigenous peoples from around the world. http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/



Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources is the leading source for news, information, articles, videos, and more on indigenous peoples from around the world. http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/

Our mission is to fight for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples. We accomplish this mission by:

* promoting full recognition of the rights and territories of indigenous and tribal peoples
* promoting the development of indigenous and tribal peoples and their participation in decision and policy making
* establishing effective networks between indigenous and tribal peoples at regional, state, and international levels
* exchanging information and experiences to empower members to advocate for the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, enabling them to have a positive impact
* to provide articles, videos, resources, news, and information concerning indigenous and tribal peoples
* promoting worldwide solidarity between indigenous and tribal peoples

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The leading source of news, information, videos, articles, and more on indigenous peoples from around the world.

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Native American Resources


Here are resources I recommend in courses I teach about Native Americans – like book lists, websites, video clips, music/songs, curriculum ideas, and other thoughts thrown in for explanation… Mostly, this blog is a place to present truths and perspectives about the Indigenous People of the Western Hemisphere (with particular focus on the Caribbean) not easily found in other places.

 This blog was added to the Top 50 Native American Literature Blogs. Scroll down to the “Rest of the Best” after the Top 5
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Considering the “IndiVisible” History of African Americans and American Indians

African Americans and American Indians can both tell tales of historical injustice—but to what extent do those tales overlap? Often quite a bit, as demonstrated by IndiVisible, a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

IndiVisible looks at the multi-dimensional relationship of the two groups. While the exhibit emphasizes the ways in which African Americans and Indians have common cause — with such apt exhibit sub-headings as “Stolen People on Stolen Land” and “United in Common Struggle” — it is also unafraid to deal with points of contention. The exhibit discusses intermarriage, blood quantum, the notion of “passing” as another race, and the ongoing drama surrounding the Cherokee Freedmen.

Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/01/16/considering-the-indivisible-history-of-african-americans-and-american-indians-72672 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/01/16/considering-the-indivisible-history-of-african-americans-and-american-indians-72672#ixzz1lVs9y0bU

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Shouting across the divide (aired 1/4/2008)

A Muslim woman persuades her husband that their family would be happier if they left the West Bank and moved to America. They do, and things are good…until September 11. After that, theelementary school their daughter goes to begins using a textbook that says Muslims want to kill Christians. This and other stories of what happens when Muslims and non-Muslims try to communicate, and misfire.


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5 Ways to Face Race at the Thanksgiving Table—and Not Choke

One of the golden rules of etiquette is to avoid talking in polite company about politics, sex or religion. Some also add money. And a lot of people would love to add race—to the very top of their taboo topic list.

The problem with the rules of etiquette is that the ruling elite wrote them. Indeed, so much of their privilege hinges on the politics of race, religion and sex/gender and the ways these connect with money and profit. So from their perspective, silence is soothing. Colorblindness is blissful. Avoidance is virtuous.

But if you identity with the ubiquitous 99 percent, you’ve probably come to realize that you’re not well served by all the silence. In fact, this Thanksgiving, you may actually want to ruffle a few feathers. Or at least, not let anyone ruffle yours and get away with it.

So it’s time to rewrite the rules of etiquette for talking about race at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Here’s a 5-course menu to whet your appetite for turning the dreaded silence into some delicious conversation.

1. Talk turkey

“Talking turkey” means “talking plainly about a difficult or awkward subject.” Resist the treatise on the prison-industrial-complex or the full-blown critique of global capitalism and structural racism. Lose the jargon or you’ll lose your audience. Instead, look for the softer entry points—a current event, a recent experience, a local development.

Instead of just being reactive, why not be proactive? Start with a question. Use plain language. Set the frame and tone you want. Create an opening for some constructive dialogue. For example, “Did you see that video of the police cracking down on the non-violent student protesters?” Or, “What do you think of the plans to shut down the neighborhood health clinic that serves mostly low-income people of color?”

2. Go easy on the stuffing

Make sure your ears aren’t too stuffed up to listen well. And don’t get too full of yourself. Be open to learning, because there actually are many valid perspectives. When you take the time to truly understand where someone is coming from, you’ll be far more equipped to make a difference in where the person is going. It’s OK to debate, but keep it constructive and don’t personalize things. Use “I” statements (about your own experiences and perspectives) rather than “You” statements (which sound accusatory). Focus on actions and impacts (which are concrete and knowable) rather than attitudes and intentions.

3. Take a roll with the mashed potatoes

When the rabid right-winger just can’t resist his racist rant, roll with it. You don’t have to take the bait. Talk on your own terms—when, how, and with whom you want. Not everything and everyone is worth your time.

For every close-minded racist, there are 10-times more people who’d rather be on the side of racial justice. They may not have a clue about what to do, but may be quite willing to entertain your constructive and productive suggestions. They’re the ones worth your time and energy.

That doesn’t mean letting racist remarks slide. You can call those out clearly and quickly. When your resident Tea Partier pours it on thick, take a deep breath. Don’t take it personally or defensively or you’ll only be an accomplice in this set-up for disaster. After another deep breath, make a thoughtful choice about how you can spend your energy initiating the kinds of conversations you want to have.

4. Go for the gravy

Sometimes the gravy makes the meal, providing the perfect complement to some delectable combinations. What’s the gravy you can add to the conversation? Instead of the typical race talk focused on blaming and shaming, and guilt tripping and grievances, how can you take things in a different direction? Can you move beyond the personal to talk about the patterns of inequality? Can you get beyond the symptoms to reveal the underlying system? Can you create connections across different concerns and communities so others can see their stake in social change? Can you appeal to shared values such as inclusion, equity, dignity, unity and love? Can you lift energy around a vision of racial, gender and economic justice for everyone?

5. Keep your eye on the pies

The point of talking about race at the Thanksgiving table isn’t actually to ruffle feathers, as tempting as that may be. The real point is to get others to see, act and think differently. But that’s only gonna happen if you’re willing to nurture and sustain good relationships with those you care about most. It’s a tall order, but for those who are going to be in your life a long time, it’s worth the special care and feeding that each person may need. That can take some real finessing. Like preparing a memorable meal, it requires generous heapings of patience and creativity. But the delicious results may give you something about which you can truly be thankful.

Terry Keleher is director of the racial justice training program at the Applied Research Center, which publishes Colorlines.com. For more ideas that go beyond the Thanksgiving table, you can purchase a recording of ARC’s “Changing the Conversation on Race” webinar, featuring Keleher and Colorlines.com editorial director Kai Wright.

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