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Brand from Home | November 26, 2020

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Author Talk

Author David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation and winner of the 2020 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, will discuss his new mystery novel, Winter Counts, in conversation with author Marcie R. Rendon, on Monday, November 30, 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Native American traditions, Laurie Anderson, Michael Bublé, and Avi Avital.

Read Music

The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP), or Petrucci Music Library provides public domain music scores free of charge to anyone who has internet access. IMSLP believes that music should be easily accessible for everyone.

Learn About Music

Brand Library currently has 21 titles in the American Made Music Series from University of Mississippi Press. Volumes in the series include topics such as the Blue Sky Boys, Charley Patton, Bobby Blue Bland, Miles Davis, swamp pop, New Orleans jazz and more. The titles were published from 1996-2019. You can place a hold for contactless pickup at Brand Library, Glendale Central Library or the Montrose Branch Library. is the website of a group that is dedicated to preserving the Anishinaabemowin language which is spoken by the Ojibwe people in the Midwestern United States and Canada. On their web site, there are lessons in learning the language, stories and songs. The streaming music includes men’s, women’s, children’s and popular songs. Lyrics and English translations are included.

Streaming Music is an online radio station playing music by Native American artists. They have two channels - Contemporary and Pow Wow Traditional. There are many new artists to discover playing a wide variety of music.


Read About Art

Check out a book through our contactless pickup service to learn more about Native American Art. Find more on our reading lists for Native American Heritage Month: Adults, Teens and Children's.

Art Online

Peering out over the San Francisco Bay toward Alcatraz is a monumental statue that pays homage to American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier. Created by Portuguese-American artist Rigo 23 in 2016, the 12-foot-tall figure resembles a small self-portrait Peltier painted while imprisoned. Wearing a simple white shirt, yellow pants, and no shoes, Peltier sits on a cement base, which is the actual size of his cell. The statue has traveled around the United States and is currently installed at SFAI and can be explored online.

Learn About Art

Listen in to episode 8 of the All My Relations podcast as they venture into journeys through the Native fashion world and what it means to them to represent for their communities through fashion and design. What are the ways we can represent our identities through what we choose to wear?

From the Smithsonian NMAI Native/American Fashion. Explore fashion as a creative endeavor and an expression of cultural identity, the history of Native fashion, issues of problematic cultural appropriation in the field, and examples of creative collaborations and best practices between Native designers and fashion brands.

From Friends of the Los Angeles River, Native Narratives: Tongva Traditions: Observe tradition being passed from one generation to the next as we see the L.A. River through the eyes of its original people. In searching for tule reed to construct a doll we learn about the ways Tongva people relied upon the River and how they paid respects to nature. History of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians: Hear the history of present-day Encino, land dispossession, and related water politics. Conversation with the Chumash: Learn from Chumash elder Alan Salazar as he shares his perspective on the L.A. River and the exciting sea voyage he undertook in a tomol canoe.

Listen to an interview with illustrator, author, and hand-letterer Katie Vaz in conversation with Jane Perrone in her podcast On the Ledge. She has created a printable recipe card to help keep track of each plant’s needs. You can read her illustrated memoir, My Life in Plants: Flowers I've Loved, Herbs I've Grown, and Houseplants I've Killed on the Way to Finding Myself, told through thirty-nine plants on Hoopla.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Spend some time with different activities from the Brandywine River Museum of Art dedicated to the work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. They have many creative projects including watercolor plant prints, making a pirate treasure map, arranging a vase into a mandala flower bouquet, weaving with nature on a homemade loom and, depending on our winter weather, painting with rain.

Explore the Heard Museum's YouTube page for Virtual Art Talks and Master Artist Workshops. They have a resource guide for you to help engage with Native American art and culture from home including Children's Activities such as paper dolls, ledger art, collage art and found art.


Staff e-Recommendations

Native Recipes from the Grandmothers is a fascinating look into Native American and First Nations cookery, as collected by Sus’ naqua ootsin’, who was raised away from his Sekani Nation birth family and only discovered this in his teens. He went on a journey – physical and spiritual – to locate his people, and with the help and support of his tribal elders (the titular “grandmothers”), he preserved their knowledge in this book. His Sekani name means, appropriately enough, The Wisdomkeeper. This cookbook, a celebration of tradition and knowledge amassed by many generations, includes recipes for all parts of the meal and a fascinating end section about herbal medicine. The recipes are solid, and many of them involve unusual ingredients. Examples include Chokecherry Jelly, Dandelion Sun Fritters, Baked Game Hen, Wahuwapa Balls, and Lemony Marrow Pie (made with the marrow plant, not bone marrow). The book is dedicated to his tribal family with affection, gratitude, and respect, and closes with the phrase “All My Relations.” Sus’ naqua ootsin’ hit the road and quite literally found his tribe. May we all be so fortunate. -LD

TORKE, M.: Three Manhattan Bridges / Winter's Tale (Joyce Yang, J. Albers, Albany Symphony, D.A. Miller). Michael Torke (b. 1961) is one of the most popular living American composers today. His music is rhythmic, brightly colored, virtuosic and has a positive outlook. There is quite a bit of orchestral music in his catalog and he certainly is a wonderful orchestrator. He received quite a bit of attention early in his career for his Color Music in the 1980s - five orchestral pieces, each based on a color, and also for Javelin which was composed for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The two concertos on this album are much more recent. Three Manhattan Bridges (2015) is a piano concerto written for pianist Joyce Yang. I can certainly hear the influence of Gershwin in this piece while at the same time Torke has an immediately recognizable style. Winter’s Tale (2014) is a cello concerto with Julie Albers as the soloist in this recording. Each movement has it’s own mood at times with a touch of melancholy but never too much. The composer is not shy about making music that directly appeals to audiences while also displaying prodigious technical abilities. The performances by the soloists, conductor David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony are fantastic. A PDF booklet is included with the recording with notes by the composer. -BW


Covid-19 Resources

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