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Painted Sky Inc. Newsletter

Native American Music and Dance .. Yesterday, Today & Forever

Septembre/September 2014 Issue
Issue No. 44
In This Issue
SPECIAL DISCOUNT TICKETS*$7.50 GENERAL/FAMILY*$5 STUDENTS K12/COLLEGE!! FOR Northstar Signature Native American 2014 Annual Hummingbird Performance FEATURING R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Gospel and Pop national Singer/Actress Oya Thomas**PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY! BONUS: Tickets emailed to personal computer to print or to Mobile. No standing in lines!
2013/2014 Event Year IMAGES*Northstar Dance Company in Community
Fall Term Begins Tuesday, September 23rd at 7 pm*Garden Home Rec*Native Men's/Women's "All Around" Dance Labs w/ Off Campus School Credit
NORTHSTAR UPCOMING EVENT DATES SHOWN by MONTH*National & Local*NEW >On Cover of Washington County Fall Arts Guide 2014*CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD ON NORTHSTAR*NEW Video "Expulsion". NEW> Northstar Presented by the City of Beaverton/BAC the 2014 "Arts & Culture Excellence Award" Marse/Thank you!
Painted Sky & Community & Title VII Indian Education*Rebecca Friedlander, Director
Northstar Dance Company Profile"*Video
GIVE A LASTING GIFT & DONATE*Support Painted Sky & "The Dance"*Celebrity Endorsements*Oya Supports
National Top 10 Best Seller Production "For the Generations" * Check Visionmaker for Broadcast in your City

Ta'nishi/Hi Dear Friends of Painted Sky and Northstar Dance Company,

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 9 YEARS 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. PLEASE, go to DONATE NOW and keep "The Dance" alive! Northstar dances where you live!

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!

Williams Agency PR

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. 

Events & Sponsors

Thank you Community & Much Success! 

Northstar Album

Video Clips  

The Northstar 2013-14 Dancer Family: Aiyanna Bennett/Yakima, Betty Stephens/Dine', Colt Nicol/Metis, Damon Keller, George Clements/Paiute, Hun Kim, Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs, Isaac Trimble/Apache Flute, Mary Bodine/Warm Springs, Matthew Clements/Paiute, Pamela Allen, Rebecca Friedlander/Athabascan, Soraya Mendez/Warm Springs. Welcome~ Rachel K.N. Chee/Shoshone Blackfoot & Rony Chee/Dine' 

Northstar Signature Annual 
2014 Featuring R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Gospel & Pop Singer/Actress Oya Thomas*
& MC Twilight/Quileute Publicist, Jackie Jacobs*Saturday September 20th*7 PM*ACMA Performing Arts Center, 11375 SW Center Street, Beaverton, Oregon * OPEN SEATING
 DISCOUNT Tickets*$7.50 General/Family*$5 Students K12&College*BONUS: Tickets emailed to computer for printing*sent direct to Mobile
Thank you to Sponsors City of Beaverton, Symes Family & Painted Sky, Intel Native American Network Volunteers & Dawson Media Group Filming!

Northstar Showcase 2013 

Oya 2013 Showcase   

Singer/Actress Oya Thomas


MCs 2013 Showcase   

MC's Arlie Neskahi/Dine' & Jackie Jacobs/Lumbee



Reservation Road*Soraya Mendez/Warm Springs 



Fire Dance*Shannon Wilcox, Hun Kim & Pamela Allen 

Audience 2013 Showcase   

Damon Keller, George Clements/Paiute
Dancer Challenge & Thank you! Community 


PCPA Newmark 2011

Hidden Heritage 

Hidden Heritage
Hidden Heritage


Northstar 2013 Hummingbird 

FB Oya 2013 Hummingbird Poster  

Northstar 2012 Hummingbird

Hummingbird Showcase 2012   

Northstar 2011 Ghost Dance



MAKE IT HAPPEN*ADD YOUR SUPPORT of Northstar's ANNUAL Showcase of Native Music and Dance * Native American Cultural Performing Arts & National Singing Artists is Painted Sky ~

Rebecca Friedlander Cougar 2013  

Thank You! For Your Support
Lighted Tee Pee
James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation
Symes Family
Katharine Diack Fund of OCF
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Beaverton Arts Commission
City of Beaverton
AVA Roasteria Event Hall
The Collins Foundation
Potlatch Fund
Meyer Memorial Trust
Wieden & Kennedy Charitable Giving
PGE Foundation
Washington County Cultural Coalition
Dawson Media Group
THPRD/Garden Home Recreation
The Benson Hotel
PCPA Newmark
West Coast Productions

Comcast Newsmakers
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Northstar Artwork:
Andrew  Morrison
Tammy Layton
Jody Bergsma
Randy Kepple Photography
Tony Stromberg Photography

Photography of Northstar
Larry Johnson

Web Design of Painted Sky
Heather Young
Giant Chair Design


by Grammy Award Winner
Bill Miller
Bill Miller with Northstar Dance Company at PCPA Newmark

Praises by Bill Miller with the North Star Dancers
Praises by Bill Miller with the Northstar Dancers
   Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama, Rony Chee/Dine', Colt Nicol/Metis & Rachel NK Chee/Shoshone Blackfeet
 Robert Mirabal
Painted Sky Advisor &
Grammy Award Winner

Butterfly Dance
Butterfly Dance
Butterfly Dance
Northstar Dance Company
In Community

Ducks Unlimited
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Ducks Unlimited 2013

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

Latest News
Native Dance Labs at THPRD/Garden Home Recreation
Knowing is Doing  

Fall Term 2014 at THPRD Garden Home Recreation Tuesdays at 7 PM, beginning September 23rd*Studio 2 

THPRD/Garden Recreation "Map" 
Keeli Kotchik, Mary Bodine, Colt Nicol, Matt Clements, Instructors
HILLSBORO Northstar Satellite Dance Lab at Title VII Admn Center TBA*Contact Debra Giles*503.844.1500
Dance Lab Matt Hoop 2012
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

Expulsion (2012)
Expulsion (2012)

 Oya Facebook   

$7.50 General/Family*$5 Students K12/College*Direct to Personal Computer to Print*Direct to Mobile
Saturday, September 20th at 7 PM  at the
ACMA Performing Arts Center
Northstar in Media & Upcoming Event Dates
SEE NATIVE ~  Northstar Story & Video*OregonLive

September-June 2014-15 TBA
"Off Campus School Credit" Men's/Women's All Around Dance Labs at THPRD/Garden Home Recreation.


2014 Year By Month 
February 18th     
Metzger Elementary "Art Literacy Program & Music Class
Assembly & Workshops 
April 16th 
Intel AVI/INAN Code Talker Event
2 pm

May 2nd 
Mary Woodward Elementary "Arts in the Schools" Assembly  

May 16th
Montclair Elementary "Arts in the Schools" Assembly

August 17th
2 pm
September 17th
7:25 pm
DoubleTree Hilton Portland

September 20th
Northstar 2014 Annual Hummingbird Performance w/ Oya Thomas*7 PM*ACMA Performing Arts Center

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
May 2nd
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
February 18th
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
Metzger Elementary
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
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North Star Dance Company
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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 3,000

Northstar  w/ Robert Mirabal
in Seattle at International Conference
Seattle Teaser
Seattle Teaser

Rebecca Friedlander





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!

Support Title VII Indian Education*Enroll
Beaverton School District Title VII



Basket Ball INDIANS  
 Each day as a dance company member and team members, we live strong, inspire others and stay proud in promise. See NATIVE~ 
 Northstar Profile

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!






Keep NATIVE AMERICAN Cultural Arts Alive in Support of 
Painted Sky's Mission


Tribal Impressions Donate

Tribal Impressions Supports 

Include Painted Sky/Northstar on your Annual Charitable Giving List for Native Youth/Young Adults in the Cultural Performing Arts. Blessings to you! from generation to generation.

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"!

Act Now! Community support of the Northstar Dance Program turns each day into a continued tomorrow!

Northstar Window Car Cling $13 Donation online on Painted Sky Website or by check to mailing address. DONATE 

I GIVE where you can donate to Painted Sky Inc. at "no cost to you" by shopping online. Select Painted Sky as your charity of choice. SHOP TO DONATE

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Donations by DIRECT MAIL: Painted Sky Inc., 7280 SW 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97223. Donation Receipt available (checks only please)


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
Oya singing Lord I know I been changed Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name

Bill Miller
"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."


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For the Generations
For the Generations

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"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

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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

Two Worlds
Two Worlds

 Hun Kim/Bboy, Matt Clements/Paiute, Colt Nicol/Metis, George Clements/Paiute & Kieran Hill/Modoc

Horse Stick
Horse Stick


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


Rebecca Friedlander



This painting was done by David Joaquin in collaboration with Photograher Randy Kepple. The photo was taken by Randy at a Northstar Performance, Washington Park 2011. Shell work was done by Rebecca's Mother, Colleen Payne and her Auntie Annette Ingram.


Beaverton Last Tuesday 2013

Northstar Dance Company

Beaverton Last Tuesday Matt 2013   

Hun Kim * Fire Dance

Hummingbird 2013



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  



Damon Keller 


Two Worlds
Damon Keller, Mary Bodine/Warm Springs, George Clements/Paiute, Rachael Chee/Shoshone Blackfeet, Matthew Clements/Paiute, Keeli Kotchik/Warm Springs

Mirror of Dance as One 

 Aiyanna Bennett/Yakama


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'



Rachael Chee/Shoshone Blackfoot


Andrew Morrison Artwork

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