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DIVA NEWS ARCHIVE -- DECEMBER 2004


December 15, 2004

Carolyn Dunn Anderson, Arigon and Joy HarjoINDIAN DIVAS UNITE!

Arigon will be joining author/playwright/musician Caroyln Dunn Anderson for a night of Winter Storytelling in Los Angeles on December 23rd!

We love these last minute gigs. It's like having those impulse purchase items tempting you at the supermarket checkout, ennit? AAAY!

The wonderful Carolyn Dunn Anderson will be hosting an evening of Winter Storytelling at Mother Bear's Native Gallery in San Pedro. The event sounds like a great way to kick-off the holiday season. The show starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM. "It's gonna be fun -- but a time crunch for me. We'll be heading out to Phoenix in the Band Van (with Nicholas Peters and manager Janet Miner) on Christmas Day so we can perform at the Heard Museum. I can't remember the last time I've been so busy with gigs around the holidays," said Arigon. We hope some of you Starrwatchers will be out there in force for both of the gigs. [That's Arigon with Carolyn Dunn Anderson and Joy Harjo -- who released one of the coolest CDs this year "Native Joy For Real."]


SAY "YES" TO NATIVE AMERICANS IN THEATER!

Arigon was privileged to be an "Artist In Residence" at the recent PROJECT HOOP gathering at UCLA from December 2-5. The conference included presentations from several different Native theater companies from across the United States, including the revitatlized Red Earth Company in Seattle; Tulsa Indian Actors Workshop; Haskell Indian Nations College; Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, South Dakota; Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theater in Seattle; the American Indian Community House in New York City; Dreamweaver Theater in Arizona; and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Other prestigious attendees included classical composer Brent Michael Davids, playwright Marcie Rendon from Minneapolis, world-champion hoop dancer Dallin Maybee, and Francine Blythe from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. "My head is so full of information about how theater works and especially how it can transform a community," said Arigon. Arigon also performed a well-received set and saw other acting pals during the panel discussion with Jane Lind, Cindi Alvitri and other members of the Project HOOP conference. Delanna Studi and Georgina Lightning were there -- and so were SAG Native American Caucas leader Mark Reed and ultra-cool Menominee actor/former Tribal Chairperson Apesahnakwat. Project HOOP was a terrific event for the Native community. "Now we have to figure out how to turn all that talk into action," smiled Arigon. "That's the hard part."


INDIANZ.COM CONTINUES TO ROCK

Our pals at Indianz.com had a great item in the "In The Hoop" column for December 7th. They were talking about the opening of the fabulous new Casino Morongo near Palm Springs, CA. The item was titled "Battle of the C-List Celebrities" and asked this very probing question:

And where are the Native celebrities? We wanna see a guest list with Keisha Castle-Hughes, Robert Mirabal, Arigon Starr and maybe even Adam Beach! We'd even take Heather "Am I Lumbee?" Locklear at this point.

Funny how many of those Indian Casinos rarely hire Native artists to perform. We're not painting them all with the same warped brush. There are some great facilities out there who welcome Indian performers, like Sky City Casino in Acoma, New Mexico. Weird, ennit?

 



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