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Photo Left - Assistant Professor and Independent Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis shared a photo on Facebook with Actress Lily Gladstone
who received the Seattle Film Critics Society John Hartl PNW Award for the Film 'Fancy Dance'
Lily Gladstone to receive award from Seattle film critics (Seattle Times)

Photo Right - New York TImes - Lily Gladstone, a star of the Martin Scorsese epic “Killers of the Flower Moon,” was nominated for the best actress Oscar on Tuesday, making her the first Native American person to contend for a competitive acting Academy Award.

Lily Gladstone (Instagram)

Martin Sensmeier
update - Post Production - 'Cottonmouth'

Martin Sensmeier, Ron Perlman, Esai Morales & Eric Nelsen Lead Western ‘Cottonmouth’; Filming Underway In Oklahoma

By Andreas Wiseman (The Deadline - Sept 28,2023)

Set in 1895, the film follows friends Ed and Frank (Sensmeier and Sadowski) who become brutal enemies in Oklahoma frontier territory when a rivalry develops over a woman (Wapanatâhk) who is set to inherit a prominent saloon. After a bounty hunter (Nelsen) makes Ed disappear to a tortuous prison run by a sinister warden (Perlman), he must learn the ways of an outlaw from a prison-mate (Morales) to escape and exact his revenge.

Cast includes Martin Sensmeier (Westworld), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Esai Morales (Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning), Eric Nelsen (1883), Jonathan Sadowski (Chernobyl Diaries), Alyssa Wapanatâhk (Peter Pan & Wendy), James Landry Hébert (1883), and Kimberly Guerrero (The Glorias).

Martin Sensmeier (Instagram)

The Curse: Is Cara Durand a Real Native American Artist?
By Diksha Sundriyal (TheCinemaholic)

Cara Durand is played by Nizhonniya Luxi Austin, who is also a Native American artist. The actress is Tlingit and Diné and hails from Juneau, Alaska. Like her character in the show, Austin dabbles in abstract art, which is a representation of the intersection between her identity as a Native artist and creator of modern art.

Apart from art, Austin also creates music. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is where Whitney and Asher go to attend Cara’s show. Austin is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), where she studied studio arts.

Nizhonniya Austin (Instagram)

Nizhonniya Luxi Austin's Album

'Indian Lover Letters' on Bandcamp

More Art News

Friends gathered in Petersburg to watch L’xeis Diane Benson in her first appearance onscreen
as Bee in HBO’s “True Detective: Night Country.” (Hannah Flor/KFSK)

Petersburg actor L’xeis Diane Benson is in HBO’s ‘True Detective: Night Country’
By Hannah Flor, KFSK - Petersburg (Alaska Public Media)

Benson plays Bee, who works at a crab processing plant. In the first episode, she’s one of the first characters on screen after the opening credits, dressed in a hair net and raingear in the processing plant. She’s nursing another woman as a man lies on the concrete floor, his nose bloodied and broken.

Alaska State Trooper Evangeline Navarro, played by Kali Reis, is tending to the man.
She turns to Bee.“ Did you hit this man, ma’am?” Navarro asks.

Bee’s response is expletive-laced. She says that after the man hit the woman – her friend Blair – Bee hit him back.

Screen capture - Irene Bedard in Alaskan Daily

Gloria's Mother Visits the Daily Alaskan - Alaska Daily (YouTube Video)

Gloria Nanmac's mother, Sylvie (guest star Irene Bedard), visits the newsroom as Eileen (Hilary Swank) and Roz (Grace Dove) finish up their big story on Gloria's death. See the emotional moment here. From 'Alaska Daily' season 1, episode 10, 'Most Reckless Thing I've Ever Done.'

Irene Bedard (Instagram)

Oscars: Robbie Robertson Finally Gets Nominated, for ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
BY KORY GROW (Rolling Stone)

Robbie Robertson, the late singer-songwriter best known for his work with the Band and Bob Dylan, was nominated for an Oscar in the Original Score category for his contributions to Killers of the Flower Moon on Tuesday. The posthumous honor was Robertson’s first after decades of composing music for film.

Robbie Robertson (Instagram)

Laura Ortman and Raven Chacon in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Nicholas Galanin’s Pointed Public Sculpture Inspires Glorious Noise in New York

By Andy Battaglia (Art in America)

nicholasgalanin Yéil Ya-Tseen (Instagram)

Laura Ortman: Music (Website)

Raven Chacon (Instagram)

Join Khu.éex’ at the Climate Pledge Arena for Indigenous Peoples Night presented by Muckleshoot Indian Tribe on December 9th!
Khu.éex’ will be the House Band for the Seattle Kraken vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Game.

Khu.éex' (Website)

Khu.éex' Events

Khu.éex' (Instagram)

Gunnalchéesh to @seattlekraken for hosting us at last night's game at @climatepledgearena.
It was an honor to enter the #jumbotron !!! Also, thank you to the great @therlheyer for covering guitar duties last night!

Indigenous glass artist opens immersive exhibit in OKC during Native American Heritage Month
By Brandy McDonnell (The Oklahoman, 11/26/2023)

Curated by Miranda Belarde-Lewis who shared Brandy McDonnel' article on Preston Singletary's Facebook Wall with the following message - hope our OK friends and fam get to see Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight at the OKCMOA (museum of art it's open til March 2024. Organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, curated by me.

Preston Singletary Glass (Instagram)

Martin Sensmeier update continues

Pre producation - 13 Steps

A buried dark past that has riddled our world with fear and divisiveness. A group with different backgrounds
must overcome their respective "demons" and beliefs, right the wrongs of the past and save the world from an ultimate evil.

Martin Sensmeier plays Chief Sah. Tony Todd plays Sheriff Charles Davies. Matt Lanter is Reverend Blake Kreishel. Danika Yarosh is Chloe Penrose.
Grace Dove is Princess Na'ai. Al Vicente is Steve. Micah Fitzgerald is Jon Stevens / Dark Figure. Craig Ng is Dr. Hurtado. Cree Davis is Jennifer Davies.
Alicia Ying is Sierra. Braydon Joseph Ford is Joshua

Photo: Keir Tallman on the left played Benny and Martin Sensmeier as Marvin
in the film 'Frybread Face and Me'

Reviews Frybread Face and Me By Katie Rife (

The film’s sweet, wry sense of humor recalls the work of executive producer Taika Waititi, arguably the most famous Indigenous filmmaker alive today. This influence is especially notable in the film’s supporting characters, a revolving cast of eccentric aunts and macho uncles who pass through Grandma’s place whenever the movie needs a boost.

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