Like I need ANOTHER reason to think Jason Mamoa (Native Hawaiian and Native American) /Khal Drogo is delicious. His audition tape for Game of Thrones was doing the Haka. (forgive me if I am wrong, I believe this is the Haka)
There is a lot of press right now on this tape, saying it is ‘scary’.. Not it’s HAWT.
Jordin Tootoo ‘All the Way. My Life on Ice’ comes out this Tuesday!
"It seemed as though nothing could stop Jordin Tootoo on the ice. The captain of Canada’s Under-18, a fan favourite on the World Junior squad, and a WHL top prospect who could intimidate both goalies and enforcers, he was always a leader. And when Tootoo was drafted by Nashville in 2000 and made the Predators out of camp in 2003, he became a leader in another way: the first player of Inuk descent to suit up in the NHL. The stress of competition in the world’s top hockey league, the travel, the media, the homesickness—and the added pressure to hold one’s head high as a role model not only for the young people of his hometown of Rankin Inlet but for the culture that had given him the strength and the opportunities to succeed—would have been more than enough to challenge any rookie. But Tootoo faced something far more difficult: the loss of his brother in the year between his draft and his first shift for the Predators. Though he played through it, the tragedy took its inevitable toll. In 2010, Tootoo checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction. It seemed a promising career had ended too soon. But that’s not the way Tootoo saw it and not the way it would end. As heir to a cultural legacy that included alcohol, despair, and suicide, Tootoo could also draw on a heritage that could help sustain him even thousands of miles away from Nunavut. And in a community haunted by the same hopelessness and substance abuse that so affected Tootoo’s life, it is not just his skill and fearlessness on the ice that have made him a hero, but the courage of his honesty to himself and to the world around him that he needed to rely on others to sustain him through his toughest challenge. All the Way tells the story of someone who has travelled far from home to realize a dream, someone who has known glory and cheering crowds, but also the demons of despair. It is the searing, honest tale of a young man who has risen to every challenge and nearly fallen short in the toughest game of all, while finding a way to draw strength from his community and heritage, and giving back to it as well.
Native Designer: Brenda Lee Asp showcases at New York Couture Fashion Week
(Model: Carley Beck, Gitwangak)
Brenda Lee Asp, (Tahltan, Tutchone, and Tlingit) flew from the Yukon in Canada’s far North to the big city lights to showcase her clothing line at New York Couture Fashion Week. Along with 2 other First Nation designers, Brenda was picked after doing a show for National Aboriginal Fashion Week.
Last year, another Yukon clothing designer Sho Sho Esquiro was able to showcase her clothing line at NYCFW.
Brenda says that when she found out she was picked she was delighted and scared, and that it was ‘a bit of a wow factor’.
Among the clothing, were some new pieces I have not seen yet (I was able to showcase Brenda’s work in the Adaka Fashion Show, so I am a fan of her work). The above picture of the cashmere cape is Brenda’s new print called “Story of our ancestors”. This dress is also a new design I have not seen.
Among the new clothing, there is also this pair of mukluks which Brenda calls her Joan Jett Mukluks (I WANT!)
Brenda says that it was a surreal moment to see her clothes go down the runway in New York. She says her next step is to attend Style Fashion Week in LA next month and will continue to teach sewing to groups in Yukon Communities. Cannot wait to see what she comes up with!
PS: THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAV Brenda Lee Asp piece of clothing, but ya’ll know how much I love a jumpsuit
Images by Gustavo Villar and additional images are Ron Carr for NYCFW
Native American cast in the LIVE musical ‘Peter Pan’
Alanna Saunders was cast as Tiger Lily in the live musical Peter Pan. During the casting of Peter Pan, it was requested that a Native American was cast as the character. Alanna Saunders is said to be a descendant of members of the Cherokee Nation.
There was controversy earlier this year when the live action Peter Pan cast Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily. So this time, I think they wanted to cast authentically.
See my article in XOJane Here: http://chantalrondeau.com/post/80171626514/hollywood-wants-to-cast-rooney-mara-as-a-native
"Hello from Lake Athabasca, we’re here learning about the Canadian tar sands. We took a moment to join the #IceBucketChallenge movement in support of the ALS Association. My friends Chief Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation challenges Dave Collyer president of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Chief Courtoreille of the Mikisew Cree First Nation challenges Mark Little of Suncor Canada and The Sierra ClubPresident Michael Brune challenges Shell CEO Ben van Beurden.
And me? In addition to a donation from my foundation, I challenge Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.”