Native Americans


Fri June 6, 2014

From Father To Son, Life Lessons Passed Down Through Generations

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:09 am

Thompson Williams with his son, Kiamichi-tet Williams. Thompson remembers his father, Melford Williams, as someone who "could swear with the best of them" but was never angry with anyone.

Melford Williams, a World War II veteran and tribal leader with the Caddo Nation, raised eight kids during the 1950s and '60s. He died in 1978, and his grandson, Kiamichi-tet Williams, never got a chance to meet him.

On a visit to StoryCorps in Denver, Kiamichi-tet asked his dad, Thompson Williams, about his grandfather.

"He wasn't the biggest guy, but people reacted to him like he was [a] giant," Thompson says. His father was a kindhearted man who wasn't afraid to cry, Thompson says.

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Thu June 5, 2014
Arts District

Who's Welcome At The NCIPA Pow-wow? You Are

The Grand Entry during the Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow. The event is open to the public.
Nikki Hartman NCIPA volunteer

The notion that Pow-wows are only for Native Americans would be like saying rodeos are just for cowboys.

For more than two decades the Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association has struggled to overcome a number of misconceptions about this celebratory and reverent event.

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Thu February 13, 2014

Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans From Two Continents To Clovis

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 6:01 pm

Until recently, finding characteristic stone and bone tools was the only way to trace the fate of the Clovis people, whose culture appeared in North America about 13,000 years ago.
Sarah L. Anzick Nature

The mysterious Clovis culture, which appeared in North America about 13,000 years ago, appears to be the forerunner of Native Americans throughout the Americas, according to a study in Nature. Scientists have read the genetic sequence of a baby from a Clovis burial site in Montana to help fill out the story of the earliest Americans.

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Thu January 16, 2014
Arts District

Ignorance, Cultural Stereotypes Challenged In ‘Cross Currents’

A close-up of '(NO)stalgia,' by artist Cannupa Hanska
Janine Trudell, RMPBS

The stereotype that Native American art consists of items dripping with beads and feathers and is stuck in the past is being challenged in Denver. The new exhibit Cross Currents showcases the continuous evolution of work created by contemporary Native American artists.

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Thu October 3, 2013
Arts District

Indigenous Film And Art Fest Tackles Multiculturalism Head On

Radmilla Cody, the subject of 'Hearing Radmilla,' which is being screened at the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival.
courtesy of the artist

As technology flattens the world, are distinct cultures being pressed out as well? Not if the Denver Indigenous Film and Arts Festival has anything to say about it.

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