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Israel says it won't release Palestinian prisoners

AP Top news - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Israel says it won't release Palestinian prisoners Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:14-04:00 News Topics: General news, Peace process, Diplomacy, International relations, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Tzipi Livni, Mahmoud Abbas, John Kerry, Palestinian territories, Israel, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ebola patients await death in Guinea wards

AP Top news - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Ebola patients await death in Guinea wards Associated Press - 3 April 2014 11:47-04:00 News Topics: General news, Health, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions People, Places and Companies: Boubacar Diallo, Guinea, West Africa, Conakry, Liberia, Africa Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Queen gives honey to pope, who has gift for George

AP Top news - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, International incidents, Protests and demonstrations, Riots, Arrests, Border security, Violent crime, Crime, Government and politics, Security products and services, Security services, Political and civil unrest, Law and order, Military and defense, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business People, Places and Companies: Viktor Yanukovych, Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Kiev, Moscow, Europe Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nigeria's Nollywood: most prolific movie machine

AP Top news - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Nigeria's Nollywood: most prolific movie machine Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:37-04:00 News Topics: Business, Movies, Movie production, Movie industry, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Entertainment industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries People, Places and Companies: Suzanne Collins, Nigeria, Africa, Lagos, Hollywood Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UN: Syrian refugees hit million mark in Lebanon

AP Top news - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Army: Fort Hood gunman showed no previous violence Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:18-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, War and unrest, Crime, Army, Violent crime, Armed forces, Military and defense, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Michael McCaul, John McHugh, Nidal Malik Hasan, Chuck Hagel, Killeen, Texas, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Stocks fall back from record ahead of jobs report

AP Business News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Stocks fall back from record ahead of jobs report Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:25-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Economy, Labor economy, Stock indices and averages, Employment figures, Leading economic indicators, Stock markets, Financial markets People, Places and Companies: John Malone Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US trade deficit hits $42.3 billion in February

AP Business News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
US trade deficit hits $42.3 billion in February Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:29-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, International trade, Trade balance, Economic outlook, Trade policy, Economy, U.S. dollar, Currency markets, Trade agreements, Economic policy, Government business and finance, Government and politics, Government policy, Financial markets, International agreements, International relations People, Places and Companies: China, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Applications for US jobless aid up 16K to 326,000

AP Business News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Applications for US jobless aid up 16K to 326,000 Associated Press - 3 April 2014 10:24-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Labor economy, Unemployment insurance, Economic outlook, Economy, Recessions and depressions, Employment figures, Government business and finance, Government and politics, Leading economic indicators Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Growing demand for US apartments pushing up rents

AP Business News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:12am
Growing demand for US apartments pushing up rents Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:29-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Housing rental, Residential construction, REITs, Building construction, Home buying, Real estate services, Residential real estate, Lifestyle, Construction and engineering, Industrial products and services, Industries, Personal investing, Personal finance, Professional services People, Places and Companies: United States, San Francisco, California, Los Angeles, Whittier, Miami, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Army: Fort Hood gunman showed no previous violence

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
Army: Fort Hood gunman showed no previous violence Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:18-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, War and unrest, Crime, Army, Violent crime, Armed forces, Military and defense, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Michael McCaul, John McHugh, Nidal Malik Hasan, Chuck Hagel, Killeen, Texas, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Dad guilty of murder in tot's creek-tossing death

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
Dad guilty of murder in tot's creek-tossing death Associated Press - 3 April 2014 12:08-04:00 News Topics: General news, Violent crime, Court decisions, Legal proceedings, Homicide, Crime, Infanticide, Law and order People, Places and Companies: New Jersey, San Diego Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Supreme Court to decide Texas execution drug case

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
Supreme Court to decide Texas execution drug case Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:45-04:00 News Topics: General news, Executions, Violent crime, Death penalty controversy, Homicide, National courts, Court decisions, Crime, Criminal punishment, Law and order, Social issues, Social affairs, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary, Legal proceedings People, Places and Companies: United States, Texas, Huntsville Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mystery emerges in effort to ID mudslide remains

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
Mystery emerges in effort to ID mudslide remains Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:52-04:00 News Topics: General news, Landslides and mudslides, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Tattoos, Beauty and fashion, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Washington, Everett Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US: Will stand by allies in disputes with China

AP US News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:11am
US: Will stand by allies in disputes with China Associated Press - 3 April 2014 13:56-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, International relations, Diplomacy, Foreign policy, Government policy People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, China, East Asia, United States, South China Sea, Philippines, Crimea, Southeast Asia, Russia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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.

“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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