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Yellow Balloon in Taos, NM

Up, Up and Away…in my Bee-yoo-tee-full bal-looooon! A big yellow balloon flies over the house in Taos, New Mexico.

As many of you already know — Arigon Starr has been on a lengthy road trip, promoting “Super Indian Volume One” and performing live music gigs.

Her travels took her through Phoenix, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Norman…then back through Albuquerque on the way back to Los Angeles. “I traveled my favorite road, Interstate 40,” she laughed. “Think I know that highway like the back of my hand — just like Richard Doolittle bragged in my play ‘The Red Road.’ I even like the boring parts. A long road trip really gives my creative mind an opportunity to wander.”

Arigon made a brief stop at the Albuquerque Tri-Con. “Thank goodness, Jonathan Nelson, one of the members of the Indigenous Narratives Collective, did most of the heavy lifting,” revealed Arigon. “Some of my family came out from Oklahoma to join me and my Mom in New Mexico. Jonathan’s hard work let me spend some extra time with my kin folks in Taos.”

As you can see above — the family was there to experience the annual Taos Balloon Fiesta. “My friend Janet Holmberg told me they flew right over her house…and danged if it wasn’t true,” laughed Arigon. “My cousins and I spent most of the time on Janet’s patio snapping pictures and taking video. It was amazing how close the balloon were.”

Another exciting stop on the road trip was Arigon’s first performance and academic visit to the campus of the University of Oklahoma. She spoke to two classes in Native American Studies, one for Dr. Todd Fuller and Dr. Geary Hobson. At the lunch break, Arigon treated the campus to a several of her classic tracks, including “Mountain Windsong” and “The Red Road.”

“One of my favorite moments was debuting a new song I’ve been working on for awhile,” Arigon said. “It’s called ‘Oklahoma Home’ and I think I’ve improved it since the last time I sang it back at Cain’s Ballroom. It’s a song full of pride about all the tribes in Oklahoma and how even though Oklahoma isn’t the original lands of the tribes here….we’ve made it our home. I tell you — I felt like Celine Dion belting that song out a cappella.”

Could this be one of the new tracks on Arigon’s next CD project? We sure hope so!

Speaking of Arigon’s CDs….there’s a rumor that Arigon is going to do some super Holiday sales for the product on the CDBaby.com website. Watch this space….you’ll want to get copies of her back catalog for your friends and family!

On the “Super Indian” front — the comic book/graphic novel continues to sell steadily from Amazon and the Super Indian Comics website. “Super Indian Volume One” is also available from iTunes for your iPad or iPhone and on Amazon.com for your Kindle device.

“It wasn’t easy to get the book formatted for digital devices….but somehow I persevered.” We think it’s cool that Arigon not only creates the content for “Super Indian,” but that she also masterminds the computer programs to get her work out to the fans.

Arigon has lots of irons in the fire at the moment. We will keep you posted on her future exploits! She’s always doing something fun!

Sound Files — New and Updated!

Arigon Starr and her black guitar Johnny

Arigon Starr with her black Ovation Guitar named “Johnny”

Hey all you Starrwatcher fans!

We’ve taken time to update all of the wonderful lyric and audio sample pages and hopefully made them easier for you to access and listen to.

On the right-hand sidebar, you’ll notice ALL of Arigon’s releases there with all of the song titles on each CD. Click on the links and you’ll find the lyrics to each song, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the tracks.

We will be adding up some NEW SONGS (!!!) in the next week. Arigon is working on new music and promises a preview for all you loyal Starrwatchers.

Color us….excited!

Messing With The Timeline!

Hey all you Diva Fans!

If the Diva News page looks funky for a few hours…it’s just because we’re messing with things and updating and adding new features.

Don’t be alarmed. It’s gonna look great in a few hours, promise!

THE STARRWATCHER ONLINE TEAM HAS SPOKEN!

Native American Times Features Arigon and “Super Indian!”

Arigon Starr and her comic book projects from the Native American Times

Arigon graces the cover of the “Native American Times.” Photo by Karen Shade.

It’s been an eventful few weeks here at Starrwatcher Online. Arigon picked up her Wordcrafter of the Year Award in Milwaukee, performed with her friend Richie Plass and the Indian Summer Festival All-Stars on the Harley Stage at the Indian Summer Festival, gave a successful talk on comic books at the Southeast Indian Writers Conference in Cherokee — and traveled to Oklahoma with her friends Robert & Evelyn Conley.

While she was in Oklahoma, she met up with freelance journalist Karen Shade. Karen, as some of you remember, was an Arts & Entertainment editor at the Tulsa World. Karen is now her own boss and she and Arigon (along with Arigon’s mom, Ruth Wahpecome) gathered for coffee and chat in Tulsa. Karen has always been one of those writers who “get” Arigon and what her projects are all about.

You can now read the wonderful article in this week’s edition of the Native American Times here:

http://www.nativetimes.com/life/entertainment/7845-entertainer-launches-comic-book-series

The national weekly newspaper is available for free in various locations across Indian Country. Be sure to pick up a copy!

 

Your Wordcrafter of the Year…Arigon Starr!

Returning the Gift Conference LogoAs many of you already know, Arigon Starr was announced as the winner of the Lee Francis III Memorial Award/Wordcrafter of the Year Award. She’s going to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to pick up her award in person. The awards are handed out on Friday, September 7th on the Native Circle Stage at the annual Indian Summer Festival.

Arigon received the award for the work she did in organizing the “Indigenous Narratives Collective” and curating and producing a special mini-comic book that highlights members of “INC.”

“I’m excited to head back to Milwaukee,” smiled Arigon. “Last time I was there was back in 1999. It was the an early incarnation of the Arigon Starr group with Nicholas Peters, my sister Gay Wahpecome and bassist Johnny B. We sure had us a time!” [If you want to experience this in the Wayback Machine — Click Here!]

In addition to picking up her award, Arigon will also join her Menominee friend Richie Plass onstage during the music part of the Indian Summer Festival. “We’re talking about doing a couple of songs during their Saturday evening set, which should be lots of fun.” Richie Plass is assembling an all-star group of local musicians who have performed together over the years. “There’s a song I wrote for Richie and his wife Lily called ‘The Menominee Waltz’ which I’m dusting off to perform onstage. Richie tells me that ‘Menominee Waltz’ is a local favorite, thanks to his airing my demo on his weekly radio show.”

Arigon and Lee Francis IV will be presenting a “Natives in Comics” panel during the Returning the Gift Conference and on the Education Day portion of the Indian Summer Festival. Here’s the scoop:

Wednesday, September 5th from 3:15pm to 4:30pm

UW-Milwaukee Hefner Conference Center
3821 Lake Drive
“Discovery Writing – Indigenous Narratives Collective”

If you want to attend the panel, you need to register for the “Returning the Gift” conference. More information is available on their website at Yukhika-lathuse: She Tells Us Stories.

Friday, September 7th from 9:00am-9:50am
Indian Summer Festival – Education Day
Potawatomi Pavilion
Native Comics Narrative with Lee Francis IV and Arigon Starr

More information available on the Indian Summer Festival website.

Indigenous Narratives Collective Cover Issue #0

The cover art created by Arigon for the Indigenous Narratives Collective #0

Arigon will have copies of the brand new 2nd printing of “Super Indian Volume One” and “Indigenous Narratives Collective #0” featuring art and stories from Arigon and these excellent Native American comic book professionals — Marty Two Bulls, Jonathan Nelson, Spider Moccasin, Theo Tso, Beth Aileen Dillon, Michael Sheyahshe, Roy Boney and Ryan Huna Smith.

More reports from the road trip to come!