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July 22, 2011

Indian Country in the News: July 15 - July 22, 2011

This week's news highlights include the discovery of American Indian relics on the Gulf Coast during clean-up from the BP oil spill; a story about the Oneida nation's foray into the movie business, a Native American bishop's new mission in Philadelphia and a slideshow about the history of the Navajo blanket:

  •  Oil spill cleanup turns up trove of Indian relics - "Cleanup after the BP oil spill has turned up dozens of sites where archaeologists are finding human and animal bones, pottery and primitive weapons left behind by pre-historic Indian settlements. It's a trove of new clues about the Gulf Coast's mound dwellers more than 1,300 years ago, but scientists also fear the remains could be damaged by oil or lost to erosion before they can be fully studied. "
  • NYTimes: Starring: the Oneida Nation in the Revolutionary War - "An independent production that is expected to cost $10 million, “First Allies,” as the film is called, is expected to begin shooting in central New York this fall. It will be directed by Kees Van Oostrum, a well-known cinematographer (whose credits include “Gettysburg”), based on the book “Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution,” by Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin. Mr. Halbritter and a pair from Hollywood, Alex Siskin and Sidney Ganis, will have various producing roles."
  • Slate: The Strange History of the Indian Trade Blanket - “Navajo,” “Native American,” and “Indian” prints are everywhere. Fashion magazines like Elle and Teen Vogue have touted their now-ness. High-end designers like Vivienne Westwood and middle—range lines like William Rast have shown these prints on the runway. Even retailers like the Gap—which this past winter peddled multiple sweaters featuring a striped pattern described as Navajo—and Urban Outfitters—which currently has 27 pieces of Navajo merchandise available online—are getting in on the action. But why are these prints suddenly so popular? And what, if anything, do these Native American or Navajo prints have to do with Native American textiles?




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