ON THE COVER: Ras K’Dee (Pomo). Photo ©2014 by Richard Casteneda (Pima).
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When we think of all the marvelous treasures and all of the creatures graced with her abundance, we cannot help but be amazed by the bounty this spirit provides. Often seen as a nuisance by the colonizer, she is cut down in droves because she does not fit into the Eurocentric frame of beauty.
The lake was painted red with the blood of her family. She looked up to see the sun peering through the rippling water. She could see the black boots that belonged to the U.S. Calvary stomping through the water and breaking the silence. She shook underwater with the fear of discovery. What if they find her? Will they kill her? She held the tule tightly between her two chapped lips. This plant was the only chance at survival.
Kristi J. Smith (Yurok), founder of Yurok Design and Photography and great-granddaughter of masterful Yurok weaver Nettie McKinnon, honors four generations of artists in her family with her photography and artwork. Her company is not only about selling merchandise—baskets, photos, and cards—through the Native Women’s Collective, but also spreading awareness of the heritage of the Yurok tribe. Lindsie Bear and Cutcha Risling Baldy asked Kristi to share a bit of her photography and outlook with us.
Audiopharmacy Prescriptions is a San Francisco–based collective of thirty artists rooted in peace and harmony and focused on healing through audio and visual art. The collective grew large enough to support subgroups, one of which is the band Audiopharmacy. A fuse of rhythm and blues, soul, a bit of funk, and a good amount of hip-hop, the sounds are a melodic, soulful mix.
Fifty years ago, in 1964, the iconic Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line, the hot and violent Freedom Summer resulted in voter registration throughout the South, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the Free Speech Movement started at UC Berkeley, Beatlemania began, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize, Malcolm X delivered his speech “The Ballot or the Bullet,” and President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. In addition, the San Francisco–based American Indian Historical Society (AIHS or simply the Society) formally incorporated under the leadership of Rupert Costo (Cahuilla).
Over the summer, the TAMIT (Teaching and Mentoring Indian Tarahat) program wrapped up its third annual summer academy. Tamit is the Tatviam word for our sun. We use this acronym to describe the notion that without the light of our youth, there would be only darkness for the Tataviam, the people facing the sun.