20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
|Painted Sky Inc. Newsletter
Native American Music and Dance .. Yesterday, Today & Forever
Mai/May 2015 Issue
|Issue No. 52
OPEN THE DOOR TO PAINTED SKY 20TH/NORTHSTAR 10TH ANNIVERSARY THEME "
PERFORMANCE*BE A SPONSOR*SEPTEMBER 2015*TBA
Chaque jour/Every day Northstar shares aboriginal story, song, music and "The Dance" turning on a light in a dark room. See Native~
Bienvenue/Welcome! Much love and blessings ~ from myself, Painted Sky Board of Directors & Advisors and the Northstar Dancers ~~
Marse/Thank you for your continued support of
Painted Sky 20th & Northstar's 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION in 2015
of Native youth/young adults in the Native cultural performing arts. Through Painted Sky and Northstar's
Community Outreach Performances
we share who we are as Native people and stay connected as an important part of the fabric of the world community.
KEEP THE DANCE ALIVE MARCH CAMPAIGN
and keep "The Dance" alive! Northstar dances where you live!
FEATURED Anniversary Dancer Profile for May:
Soraya Mendez/Warm Springs
EMBRACE THE THOUGHT ** CALL TO
$10 FOR PAINTED SKY/NORTHSTAR ANNIVERSARY YEAR ** A Tax Deductible Gift for Native American Cultural Performing Arts in Film, Story, Song, Music & "The Dance" for Native Youth/Young Adults
To ALL those who
are serving and have served and their families ~Thank you for YOUR SERVICE~
"down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the HERO; he is EVERYTHING. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor ... by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world" ... Raymond Chandler
Parfois, la re'ponse est juste en face de vouse tout le temps ... sometimes the answer is right in front of you all the time. See Native!
Northstar Dance Company for national/international performances listed by Lewis Williams Agency out of California. (Flyer)
Lewis Williams Agency
You may not think that often about the Native American culture, but would you be able to think or imagine of no aboriginal presence in community. Each day making a Native "moc"print to the heritage and history of this land through Native story, song, music and dance. When Northstar is asked "where is home?" The answer is always "here". Here! is our Home. Live Native!
Always/Takine a friend,
Mary Hager, Executive Producer & Artistic Director
Painted Sky Inc.
Northstar Dance Company
? 2011 Painted Sky/Northstar Dance Company. All Painted Sky/Northstar Dance Program performances, content, designs and related intellectual property are the sole and exclusive property of Painted Sky/Northstar Dance Company, a Native American Cultural Performing Arts Magnet. All rights reserved.
Thank you Community & Much Success!
20th/10th Anniversary in 2015!
Northstar Album Link &
The Northstar 2014-15 Dancer Family:
Aiyanna Bennett/Yakima, Betty Stephens/Dine', Colt Nicol/Metis, Damon Keller, George Clements/Paiute, Hun Kim, Jordan Warren/Karuk/Hoopa Hand Drum/Vocals, Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs, Kieran Hill/Modoc, Isaac Trimble/Apache Flute, Mary Bodine/Warm Springs, Matthew Clements/Paiute, Pamela Allen, Rebecca Friedlander/Athabascan, Soraya Mendez/Warm Springs, Rachel K.N. Chee/Shoshone Blackfoot & Rony Chee/Dine'
WELCOMING 2015 PERFORMANCE
In 2014 Featured R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Gospel & Pop Singer/Actress
& MC Twilight/Quileute Publicist,
Thank you to Sponsors City of Beaverton, Symes Family & Painted Sky, Intel Native American Network Volunteers & Dawson Media Group Filming!
Hummingbird Photo Album
LOOK! Click for PERFORMANCE
Northstar Hummingbird 2014
Singer/Actress Oya Thomas
MC's Jackie Jacobs/Lumbee & Rebecca Friedlander/Athascan
Cougar*Soraya Mendez/Warm Springs
Damon Keller, Dance Director
Rachael Chee/Shoshone Blackfoot
|Northstar Dance Company 'Hummingbird' 2014*Guitar Strings
PCPA Newmark 2011
Anniversary Annual Posters
Northstar 2013 Hummingbird
Northstar 2012 Hummingbird
Northstar 2011 Ghost Dance
MAKE IT HAPPEN*ADD YOUR SUPPORT of Northstar's 10th Anniversary Performance of Native Music and Dance in
Native American Cultural Performing Arts & National Singing Artists is Painted Sky ~
Thank You! For Your Support
James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation
Katharine Diack Fund of OCF
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Beaverton Arts Commission
City of Beaverton
AVA Roasteria Event Hall
The Collins Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Wieden & Kennedy Charitable Giving
Washington County Cultural Coalition
Dawson Media Group
THPRD/Garden Home Recreation
The Benson Hotel
West Coast Productions
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Randy Kepple Photography
Tony Stromberg Photography
Photography of Northstar
Web Design of Painted Sky
Giant Chair Design
by Grammy Award Winner
Praises by Bill Miller with the Northstar Dancers
Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama, Rony Chee/Dine', Colt Nicol/Metis & Rachel NK Chee/Shoshone Blackfeet
Painted Sky Advisor &
Grammy Award Winner
Northstar Dance Company
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Navajo Code Talker National Live Webcast
Mary Bodine/Warm Springs, Matthew Clements/Paiute, Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs, Colt Nicol/Metis, Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama & George Clements/Paiute
Metzger Elementary w/ Northstar Dance Student Workshops
Pow Wow Trail
Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama, George Clements/Paiute, Matthew Clements/Paiute & Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs
Beaverton School District Title VII Fall Gathering
Satellite Cultural Enrichment Weekly Class at Hillsboro Title VII
Instructors, Colt Nicol/Metis & Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs & Jordan Warren/Karuk Hand Drum/Vocals
See YOU in the Fall 2015
Knowing is Doing
at THPRD/Garden Home Recreation
THPRD Garden Home Recreation*New Look*See YOU Fall 2015 THPRD/Garden Recreation "Map"
Keeli Kotchik, Mary Bodine, Colt Nicol, Matt Clements & Jordan Warren Hand Drum/Vocals Instructors
HILLSBORO Northstar Satellite Spring Dance Lab at Title VII Admn Center TBA Fall 2015 Contact Debra Giles*503.844.1500
Northstar Native Dance Labs for
"Off Campus School Credit" are FREE to Native American "self identify" and is Open Diversity. The weekly Lab runs from September thru June as the school year and is in the evening. Northstar T Shirt is $10 in support of Dance Program. Come learn, share and stay fit with Native dance and get school credit. Form is on Painted Sky website or talk to your counselor for your school's off campus credit form. Each term day/time will be on the Painted Sky website under "News & Events" and in Newsletter. Stay fit and connected to the heritage of this land.
Off Campus School Credit Form
Breaking down myths and stereotypes about Native Americans. Educate and Learn
|VIDEO Expulsion (2012)
SEE NATIVE ~ Northstar Story & Video*OregonLive
ACMA Performing Arts Center
Northstar in Media & Upcoming Event Dates
September-June 2014-15 TBA
"Off Campus School Credit" Men's/Women's All Around Dance Labs at THPRD/Garden Home Recreation.
2015 Year by Month
Honoring Memorial Day
"Arts in the Schools"
City of Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances
City of Beaverton Cultural Festival
2014 Year By Month
Metzger Elementary "Art Literacy Program & Music Class
Assembly & Workshops
Intel AVI/INAN Code Talker Event
Mary Woodward Elementary "Arts in the Schools" Assembly
Montclair Elementary "Arts in the Schools" Assembly
DoubleTree Hilton Portland
Northstar 2014 Annual Hummingbird Performance w/ Oya Thomas*7 PM*ACMA Performing Arts Center
Multnomah County Native Heritage Month Series
NAYA Annual Gala*Portland Art Museum
Planning for Northstar 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2015 starts NOW~
Local & National Reviews
Northstar Dance Company
City of Beaverton/BAC "Arts & Culture Excellence Award" 2014
Directors Mary Bodine/Warm Springs & Damon Keller w/ Mayor Doyle
Mary Woodward Elementary Assembly
Quotes from staff: "Painted Sky was fantastic! My students were engaged and enthralled by the music and the beautiful clothes."*"Wow! Painted Sky was very professional and easy to work with."*"My students talked about the Painted Sky assembly all afternoon. We had a great discussion about it."*"Thank you Painted Sky. This was a wonderful event to tie in with our Cultural Fair!" Thanks, Jerry, Jerry Nihill, Principal, Mary Woodward Elementary
Metzger Elementary "Art Literacy Program & Music Class Assembly & Workshops
I just wanted to let you know how much we loved the Painted Sky Assembly this week. In my four years as serving as Principal at Metzger, it was the best assembly we have had! The dancers were spectacular, the organization was a perfect combination of structured yet flexible and we were all inspired by the stories told by your dancers. The combination of traditional and contemporary dances gave our students a deeper appreciation of both Native American music and dance as well as how these ancient traditions have informed modern dance expressions. Thank you for coming to Metzger and sharing your unique performance with our school community.
Kraig Sproles, Principal
April 19, 2013
APP 5th International Mtg on Indigenous Child Health
"Amazing performance! The combination of traditional Native dancing mixed with contemporary music and modern dance moves was phenomenal. Overwhelmed my expectations and as Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee I cannot think of a better way to start off the conference. They were the talk the rest of the day by conference attendees. Too bad they didn't offer up their sound track for sale as it's something I would have bought."
Sam Wong, MD
May 24, 2013
Ducks Unlimited National Convention*Arlene Schniter Concert Hall
"Northstar helped make our national convention a success by putting on a great performance for our audience. They were timely, professional and easy to work with, added an authentic, powerful Native American flavor to our show, and we would highly recommend them for events of all sorts."
James Powell, Director of Communications
June 5, 2013
"Arts in the Schools"
Montclair Elementary Assembly
"Northstar's presentation not only educated children about Native American culture, but it inspired children to use the art of dance to express themselves. Northstar is very professional and breaks some of the cultural stereotypes children have. I look forward to having Northstar back in years to come."
Janell Panuel, Teacher
November 7, 2013
Native American Heritage Month
Cascadia Community College
The Northstar Dance Company brought an exciting assortment of traditional Native American dances to our campus. Watching all of the performances, you could see all the hard work that the group put in to share with us, a piece of their culture. I enjoyed the dancing and songs; learning about their traditions and culture. The dancing was breathtaking, as all the colors of the outfits danced together with the music.
Cascadia Community College
Arts in the Schools
Northstar Trailer Clip
|North Star Dance Company
Northstar has performed for large venue international audiences such as the Opening Ceremony of the United States IEC in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center for over 3,000
Northstar w/ Robert Mirabal
in Seattle at International Conference
Painted Sky connects and partners with tribal and community organizations in support of Painted Sky's mission with Native youth/young adults through the discipline, health and fitness of dance and the cultural performing arts.
Ask Rebecca to speak at your Organization/Club!
We are all connected!
City of Beaverton
Support Title VII Indian Education*Enroll
Beaverton School District Title VII Cultural Trust Partner
Each day as a dance company member and team members, we live strong, inspire others and stay proud in promise. See NATIVE~
Community & "Arts in the Schools"
Native American Dance & Music Cultural Performing Arts Magnet
Jump Start on Life through the world of "the dance"
Native American Styles & Contemporary Styles, including Hip Hop, Tap, B Boy, Lyric and Jazz~
We come from Reserves, we come from Reservations, we are Urban, we are Intertribal, we are Native Americans. We are in COMMUNITY! We are in SCHOOLS! building bridges and making friends, not hidden. Native American history is an oral history. It is alive! "The Dance" is alive!! Our stories are our songs, our songs are our music and our music is the "The Dance". Since 2005, each year Northstar has worked with national Native Performers and touched thousands from all cultures, the international and general community and students in schools sharing who we are through the Native American cultural performing arts and film. It is a good thing to do and a good way to be ... keeping the dance alive! Live Native!
Hummingbird 2014*Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama & Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs
Dancer Anniversary Profile*Soraya Mendez/Warm Springs
Women's Fancy & Jingle
My name is Soraya Mendez. My given Indian name is Yaxshia. I reside on the Warm Springs Reservation in Central Oregon. I am sixteen years old and attend Madras High School as a Junior. I am actively involved in JROTC throughout the year. My Rank in JROTC is a Cadet Captain. I've served also as a Squad Leader on the MHS Drill Team, Captain of the Physical Training Team and the Oregon flag for our Color Guard number 1. My greatest accomplishment was receiving the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Award for Military and Academic Excellence. I enjoy the discipline of the program and the purpose "motivating young people to become better citizens". When I am not in school I like to hang out with my friends, go to the movies, shop and go to powwows. I also enjoy being a part of the Northstar Dance Company because it has opened up new opportunities that include: meeting new people, sharing my culture and where I come from. Something that I am passionate about is being a leader to my peers. I try my best to be a great role model so that younger generations will grow to become strong leaders in our community. I have many goals that I would like to pursue in life. All of them include me getting a higher education so I can come back and serve my community. I am interested in joining the military in hopes of getting into the medical field or becoming a teacher.
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Painted Sky's Mission
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Keep the Promise and Think Ahead "7 Generations". You can support Native youth/young adults in staying connected, fitness through dance and the Native cultural performing arts with a tax deductible donation to Painted Sky Inc. Your donation helps Painted Sky/Northstar to support Native dancers both urban and on the reservation in the dance program; community outreach performances and Native "arts in the schools" where we share who we are as part of the fabric of community. Please choose one of the following to show your support of Native American youth/young adults in the cultural performing arts and community. "Live Native" and keep "the dance"!
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Thank you Oya for the support and sharing our story on "Spirit of Oya" and "Ray of Light". Much success always. Looking forward to working together.
|Oya singing Lord I know I been changed Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name
"Please help support my friends at Painted Sky. They run Northstar Native Cultural Arts Program for Native youth and young adults. The money you give will allow Native youth and young adults from urban areas and reservations to take part in this program that preserves our heritage and provides inspiration and hope to the younger generations."
Painted Sky's mission is to
honor Native American
culture by building awareness
of traditional and contemporary
musical expressions through
performance and education
|For the Generations
"For the Generations" on DVD & Public TV
OWN today the DVD of performance and the stories of remarkable Native artists. Jana, Michael Greyeyes and Santee Smith, Bill Miller, Northstar Dance Company featuring Arlie Neskahi and Jaynez, Women of the Four Winds featuring Martha Redbone, Wayquay, Tracy Bone and Davidica, and Robert Mirabal! Request and watch "For the Generations" on your local public television station!
Now also on FNX TV California
FEATURED VIDEO: TRACY BONE
Add to your collection or give as a "special" gift! from NAPT's "Top Ten Best Seller" List in a viewing market of 165 million plus.
There is an Educational DVD for Libraries, Universities, Colleges and Schools. And of course Home DVD.
A Favorite for the Ages
Leighton C. Peterson, Miami Univ
Damon Keller & Kieran Hill/Modoc
Hun Kim/Bboy, Matt Clements/Paiute, Colt Nicol/Metis, George Clements/Paiute & Kieran Hill/Modoc
Native American Heritage Month w/ Northstar
*Cascadia Community College/Washington
Rebecca Friedlander/Athabascan, Matthew Clements/Paiute, Soraya Mendez/Warm Springs, Mary Bodine/Warm Springs, Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs, George Clements/Paiute, Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama & Colt Nicol/Metis
Special thank you to Arlie Neskahi MC
Painted Sky Pendleton
"Keep My Fires Burning"
Hummingbird 2014*Matthew Clements/Paiute & George Clements/Paiute
Hun Kim & Pamela Allen*Cougar
Northstar Dance Company "Cougar"
Northstar "Guitar Strings"
Northstar Dance Company 2015
There is a Movement coming, it is coming. It will be good for Native people, all the world will take notice. It is coming, watch for it, and the way that it is going to happen is through Music.
Allan C. Neskahi Jr, Dine' Elder
Hummingbird 2014*Cougar*Colt Nicol/Metis
Damon Keller, Mary Bodine/Warm Springs, George Clements/Paiute, Rachael Chee/Shoshone Blackfeet, Matthew Clements/Paiute, Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs
Multnomah County Library Native American Month Series
Matthew Clements/Paiute, Rebecca Friedlander/Athabascan, Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama, Damon Keller, Director & Betty Stephens/Dine'
There are life experiences that bcome a part of us creating our solid ground, connecting home and hope ... a hand on our shoulder in finding our way, our Northstar ... Live "The Dance" See Native ~
Betty Stephens/ Dine'
NAYA Gala 2014
Portland Art Museum
NAYA Gala 2014
Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs, Pamela Allen, Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama, George Clements/Paiute, Colt Nicol/Metis, Betty Stephens/Dine', Hun Kim & Matthew Clements/Paiute
ANNIVERSARY MEMORY ALBUM POSTERS
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