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At a Glance: Details about Fort Hood gunman

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
At a Glance: Details about Fort Hood gunman Associated Press - 3 April 2014 10:27-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime People, Places and Companies: John McHugh, Michael McCaul, Texas, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Afghan girl who lost arm paints with prosthetic

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
Afghan girl who lost arm paints with prosthetic Associated Press - 3 April 2014 04:39-04:00 News Topics: General news, Health, Visual arts, Painting, Arts and entertainment People, Places and Companies: Jackson Pollock, United States, Afghanistan, Los Angeles Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Associated Press - 3 April 2014 02:42-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Technology, Social media, Text messaging, Government programs, Legislature, International relations, Mobile telecommunications services, Mobile networks, Rebellions and uprisings, Technology law and ethics, Consumer electronics, Diplomacy, Telecommunications regulation, Science, Music, Math and science education, Engineering, Foreign aid, Appropriations, Online media, Media, Mobile communication technology, Communication technology, Telecommunications services, Telecommunications, Industries, Business, Wireless technology, War and unrest, General news, Technology issues, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Government regulations, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, School curricula, Education, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Patrick Leahy, Alan Phillip Gross, Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Juanes, Pope John Paul II, Gloria Estefan, Jack Dorsey, Hillary Clinton, Cuba, United States, Caribbean, Havana, Spain, District of Columbia, Barcelona, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, Tegucigalpa, Latin America and Caribbean Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Parker, Duncan lead Spurs past Warriors 111-90

AP Sports News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:10am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs continue to win big and to rest players, and the limited minutes are starting to show in the revival of Tim Duncan's game. 2014-04-03T14:12:07-04:00 2014-04-03T05:27:06-04:00

Sanchez has winning hit in 16th, Pirates beat Cubs

AP Sports News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:10am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lengthy games don't bother Tony Sanchez. He played in the longest game in NCAA tournament history while at Boston College in 2009, the Eagles losing in 25 innings to Texas. 2014-04-03T14:12:07-04:00 2014-04-03T02:32:45-04:00

Heat stay atop East, beat Bucks 96-77

AP Sports News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:10am
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James is dealing with a few aches and pains, which obviously is not the best news for the Miami Heat with two weeks left in the regular season. 2014-04-03T14:12:07-04:00 2014-04-02T22:43:55-04:00

Fired to feted: Jackson get big deal from Redskins

AP Sports News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The contrast couldn't have been greater for DeSean Jackson. 2014-04-03T14:12:07-04:00 2014-04-03T00:38:12-04:00

Rangers ace Darvish set for season debut Sunday

AP Sports News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:10am
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers only have to wait a few more days before the ace will be back on the mound. 2014-04-03T14:12:07-04:00 2014-04-02T19:07:13-04:00

Clowney believes he should be NFL's top pick

AP Sports News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:10am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jadeveon Clowney believes he's the NFL's No. 1 draft pick and says he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina's pro day workouts Wednesday. 2014-04-03T14:12:07-04:00 2014-04-02T16:54:10-04:00

A guide to the Final Four

AP Sports News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:10am
The invitation to this year's Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only. 2014-04-03T14:12:07-04:00 2014-04-02T16:55:37-04:00

“No Red in Chilkat Weaving…” Maria Ackerman Miller

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:21am

Cheap Chilkat weaving in colors of red (a taboo), black, turquoise and cream — by Clarissa Rizal 1985

30 years ago, when there were less than a handful of weavers, I thought I’d try my hand at Chilkat weaving without an instructor.   I wove this Chilkat sampler using cheap clothesline for warp and commercial 4-ply black, turquoise, cream and red (a taboo) weft yarns.  Instead of using the traditional yellow, I thought red would be nifty because the rest of our traditional artwork uses these same colors, so why not?

According to a Chilkat weaving elder from Haines, Alaska, the late Maria Ackerman Miller warned me not to use red in the weaving  because it signifies the weaver as being egotistical.  Both Maria and the late Jennie Thlunaut said weavers only use red for example in the tongue of a wolf.

Cotton clothesline used as warp for a Chilkat sampler by Clarissa Rizal — 1985

I have never publicly shown this weaving until now.  I’ve hidden it for 30 years and it is now coming out of the closet.  I have reasons for this.   I want to show an example of one of my very first attempts at Chilkat weaving, where I didn’t have some one to help “show me the way” nor receive proper instruction on using fine, traditional materials or to teach me the taboos…yet (not until my apprenticeship with Jennie Thlunaut the following year in 1986).  I show this sampler here also to show any beginner students of Chilkat weaving to have compassion for self as you learn the intricacies of weaving in this style; you WILL become a better weaver — a few of us start out as perfect weavers, others like myself do not!  Not until last year have I felt like I know what I am doing in Chilkat weaving… 30 years later!  hello!

I also wanted to show my tendency to get a big head, especially when I was younger!

Teachings such as the ones I received from Maria Miller Ackerman and Jennie Thlunaut are invaluable; they help keep us on the right “spiritual” path.  Our elders will tell us many things we do not understand, though we have the respect to follow through with their words and their example without question.  In our culture, we do not ask the question “why?”  A respectful Native (or non-Native) person will heed an elder’s lead.

It is good to be humbled now and then.  Sometimes we do get big-headed; we forget the words of our Native mentors, though there are things that bring us back to “who we are.”

Categories: Arts & Culture

Getting Back to Tai Chi

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:03am

After 20 years of not doing Tai Chi, Clarissa plays with spontaneous movements based on the ancients. — (The lighting in Southwest Colorado is like none other!  This photo was not Photoshopped)  — Photo by Ursala Hudson

On another intense deadline to complete half of a full-size Chilkat robe in 6 weeks is not only daunting, but sounds ridiculous, right?   Like, will I have time to sleep a full night, conduct other business, tend to family, household chores, play with grandchildren, and have a picnic now and then with my Dandan?  Where do I fit in some exercise?

The real question is:  will I really achieve the goal of completing the robe by June 1st?

 

Categories: Arts & Culture

“Resilience” Chilkat Robe Update – 3.28.14: Sealaska Logo

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 7:44am

The three marks above the Sealaska Corporation logo…Clarissa Rizal

The top of the shared head and beaks of the “Eagle” and “Raven” of the Sealaska Corporation logo — by Clarissa Rizal

Almost completion of the shared eye of the “Eagle” and “Raven”, Sealaska Corporation logo — by Clarissa Rizal

 

Categories: Arts & Culture

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