ANOTHER Native contestant on Project Runway!!!!

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Meet Korina Emmerich (I can’t find what Nation she is from, but contacted her to get it! EDITED: She is from the Puyallup Tribe and is sweet to have replied right away!) who is on Season 13 of Project Runway. You may remember Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) from last season (See her collection HERE)

So YAY PR for showcasing Native American designers!!!

Korina Mae Emmerich was born in the Northwest to American Indian and English parents. The youngest of three, she refused to speak during many of her formative years. She became an observer and a listener; often glued to her parent’s record player speakers studying the sounds of Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. She saw the world through an individual lens and listened to music so attentively she taught herself how to play piano. Throughout lessons in the classical arts including piano, clarinet, fine arts and ballet her inspiration turned to Fashion. By the age of twelve she had decided what the future held for her.

She enrolled in The Art Institute of Portland Oregon in 2003 with an International Baccalaureate in the Fine Arts and a Certificate of Advanced Mastery in Arts and Communication already under her belt. Upon graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Apparel Design she was chosen as one of six in her graduating class to represent the Institute in Portland Fashion Week.

In 2009 Korina moved to New York City – having never been to the East Coast before. Over the past six years she has been developing her signature collection, Emmerich NY, inspired by the greatest influences in her life: Art, Music and her American Indian Culture.

Obsessed with the idea of vanity in today’s world: the Emmerich NY collection is an embodiment of beauty, strength and an overwhelming confidence. With a notable respect for the raw power of fabrics and the ability to transform them into a strict structure, this collection is for those who aren’t afraid to be themselves. Their powerful, confident and passionate selves. ​​

Source: http://www.emmerichny.com/

(This is her in her jingle dress)

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And her designs pre-PR

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Here is her design from the first episode (spoiler… She made it through)

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Warrior Status Designs
Those belts need to be in my closet!
Fashion and Designs by Sun Rose Iron Shell (Sicangu / Oglala Lakota)
 

Warrior Status Designs

Those belts need to be in my closet!

Fashion and Designs by Sun Rose Iron Shell (Sicangu / Oglala Lakota)

 

parfleche-inspired purse, Jamie Okuma (Shoshone-Bannock, Luiseño)
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parfleche-inspired purse, Jamie Okuma (Shoshone-Bannock, Luiseño)

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  1. Jason Mamoa’s (Samoan and Native American) directorial debut ‘Road to Paloma’
    Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother’s murder. As he flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, he’ll discover that justice has a cost - Wolf’s search for redemption will reveal secrets and take him on a journey where the roads have some very unexpected turns.
    In select theaters now
A-Freakin-MAZING!!!
Alano Edzerdza’s Raven design made into nail stickers!!!
Get them at https://www.facebook.com/dollhousejamberrynails

A-Freakin-MAZING!!!

Alano Edzerdza’s Raven design made into nail stickers!!!

Get them at https://www.facebook.com/dollhousejamberrynails

cuff, Corrine Hunt (Komoyue, Tlingit)
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cuff, Corrine Hunt (Komoyue, Tlingit)

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necklace, Mama Longlegz (Ojibwe)
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necklace, Mama Longlegz (Ojibwe)

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"Calm Waters Run Deep," Sho Sho Esquiro (Dene) 
1st Place and Best of Division for Beadwork at The Eiteljorg Museum; made of 24k gold beads, carp, silk, wool and beads.
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"Calm Waters Run Deep," Sho Sho Esquiro (Dene) 

1st Place and Best of Division for Beadwork at The Eiteljorg Museum; made of 24k gold beads, carp, silk, wool and beads.

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Escaping Alaska

(See trailer here: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/escaping-alaska apparently TLC doesn’t like having sharing of vids)

Okay, so I have a few problems with this.

First, I am from the Yukon which is similar to Alaska (we are relatives, we have same traditions and just because there is an imaginary border there doesn’t mean we don’t have the same blood)

A big premise of this show is about young Inuit Alaskans who are from remote Northern communities and who have an opportunity to go down to the lower 48. Throughout all of the press done by TLC and their description of the show they are calling this move, ‘TREASON’. And I quote:

"Leaving an Inuit community for any earthly reason is the ultimate sin, so our cast members are lying about their true intentions, telling their community that they are going on a cultural/religious mission, and thus committing the highest treason."

I left my hometown. Do people there consider me to have committed treason??? NO!!! They do think I have become a city girl and some may associated that with snobbishness or thinking I am better than anyone else (FYI I don’t, if I could live the bush life I would. But I have something deep in me that wants more). I don’t come from a super isolated town like some of these people are, and I understand the fight for survival that some of the family may face (hunting seasons, fishing seasons are all a part of northern life and survival) but to consider someone who wants a different life to be treasonous is ridiculous. Before you think I am blaming this on the poor families that got sucked into saying those words, I totally blame it on the producers. They wanted something controversial so they created it. There would have been nothing wrong with families saying’ we don’t want you to go’, ‘we need you here for hunting season’, ‘what about your old grandma’. That would have created enough drama, but instead they use the word treason. 

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One of the other things that irks me is one of the women says that “We are trapped in the old ways of our ancestors’

PLEASE OH PLEASE tell me they made her say that!!!! When our people are trying anything we can to make sure that our culture doesn’t get lost, fighting for our languages, fighting for the land, fighting for our rights, we can only hope that we have the old ways of our ancestors. 

So this is how the next generation of young Americans are going to see our people. I can only hope that there will be something positive to come out of this….

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PS: Dude’s hot tho…

Due North: Canadian cooking

Chef Rich Francis puts aboriginal food on the menu—and shares his recipe for potato herb crusted salmon with wild rice and steel cut oat risotto, complete with blueberry wild sage compote. By Katie Weaver

Fort McPherson, NWT’s own Rich Francis didn’t win this past season of Top Chef Canada, but the charismatic chef came pretty close. In doing so Rich gained a lot of fans across the country as well as bringing attention to his style of “pre-contact” fine dining. We talk to Rich (dad was Gwich’in, mom Haudenosaunee) about his Northern inspirations and life post-TV, as he begins what he calls a “new chapter” in his culinary career. 

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