sdpt (sdpt) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

10 (5) Ways Natives Made Waves in Arts and Culture in 2013

It was simply a great year for the descendents of Turtle Island's original inhabitants: Native fashion (made by Natives!) was big, Native musicians struck YouTube gold, and a Native athlete emerged as a star on the court and a potential ambassador off it.

Patricia Michaels Makes the Final Two on Project Runway

When all was said and done, veteran Santa Fe-based designer Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo, didn't win Project Runway, despite being, arguably, the favorite going into the final night. A disappointment -- but hardly the end of the world for Michaels, who has been creating her own fashions for 20 years. Win or lose, her run to the show's finale raised her profile and prepared her for bigger things to come. Michaels wasn't the only Native winning hearts and minds on a TV competition show -- rap act Mike Bone made an enjoyable, though unsuccessful, run at fame on America's Got Talent.

The Umatilla Thrilla Takes Center Stage

Indian country came together to watch the University of Louisville's women's basketball team, led by Umatilla sisters Shoni and Jude Schimmel, get all the way to the finals of the NCAA Tournament before falling to the University of Connecticut in a game that wasn't reflective of the team's excellence throughout the season. It just wasn't the Cards' night. But Shoni and Jude have (like a number of players before them) brought rez ball into the spotlight. Seven months after that title matchup, Shoni took her game to the next level, becoming not just a star athlete but potential spokesperson for Native people with thoughtful comments in an ESPN interview.

'Star Wars' is released with dubbed Diné bizaad (Navajo Language)

The film that became a global phenomenon in 1977 went where few have gone before when it was translated into the Dine language -- the 4th of July premiere of Navajo Star Wars on the Navajo Nation was a unique event in the history of Native cinema.

Native actresses Michelle Thrush and Misty Upham make it to Cannes

In what is believed to be a first, Native American actresses strutted their stuff on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Misty Upham and Michelle Thrush made the scene alongside Benicio Del Toro, their Jimmy P. leading man, and did it in style.

Four Designers Produce for 'Paul Frank Presents'

Paul Frank Industries screwed up royally when it threw a "Dream Catchin'" party for Fashion's Night Out in 2012 -- and then took the high road in a big way by inviting four Native designers to collaborate with the company on a line of products. Called "Paul Frank Presents," the line debuted at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

other 5 at source

Not included in the list is the Johnny Hendricks vs George St. Pierre fight

Johnny Hendricks is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria, fought and lost to George St. Pierre. St-Pierre, of course, won by split decision in the UFC 167 main event in Las Vegas in November.

Tags: fashion, list, project runway (lifetime), race / racism, sports / athletes, star wars

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