Daily Archives: January 12, 2014

Joanelle Romero tomorrow on KAOS radio 89.3 fm 1-12-2014 AT 4pm


We will be visiting Joanelle Romero  tomorrow on KAOS radio 89.3 fm Olympia- www.kaosradio.org. Talking about Red Nation Film Festival and its future, her book, Red Nation Television and more …. tune in and check it out!

Joanelle Romero, humanitarian, filmmaker, actress, recording artist/singer/songwriter, in 2006 launched Red Nation Media Internet and Television Channel with all Native programming.  Her accomplishments as a pioneer in film, television, non-profit organizations, educator, philanthropist, producer, director, have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.  Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico of Apache/Cheyenne, Jewish and Spanish descent, Romero was raised in Los Angeles on a variety of TV and movie sets, where she learned her craft.

As an actress, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, producer and filmmaker of American Indian performing arts including programming on her Red Nation Media Network Channel, she has entertained, inspired, moderated, enlightened the general public for the almost 3 decades. Using media as a primary tool, Romero has created a connection within Indian Country; including the film, television, music industries and to people around the world.

In 1991, Romero founded Spirit World Productions, as she saw a need for American Indian people to tell their own stories in television, film, and music. Spirit World Productions continues to American Indian films, pilots, and music, giving voices to those who would otherwise remain unheard.  Through her company’s film division Spirit World Productions, Romero has become an award-winning American Indian documentary filmmaker & drama series producer.

In 2000, Spirit World Productions released the internationally critically acclaimed Award –Winning documentary film American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be.Indian  Narrated by Ed Anser.  This film has the last footage shot of the Late Grandpa Wallace Black Elk and Former Chairwoman Mildred Clayhorn of the Ft. Sill Apache Nation.  Romero directed, produced, wrote, and scored the music for this controversial and groundbreaking film.  This documentary is the first and only film that compares Hitler’s attempted genocide of German Jews with the U.S. government’s treatment of American Indians and the lasting effects on the culture today.

To provide multiple, ongoing avenues for the exploration and presentation of contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts, in 1995, Romero founded the non-profit organization, Red Nation Celebration (RNC). This organization premieres contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts of diverse artistic disciplines to the mainstream media and to the global communities with the goal of encouraging understanding of the cultural traditions, performing arts, community and the advancement of indigenous nations.  Additionally, RNC educates the public on aspects of American Indian cultural and artistic expression; educates and informs the music and film industries on new talent within the American Indian community; provides youth with educational and vocational opportunities related to the music and entertainment industry; and introduces American Indian artists to larger, global mainstream audiences.

In 2005 she received the Armin T. Wegner “Humanitarian” Award for the vision to see the truth…and the courage to speak it.

Continuing her on-going work to ensure that the culture, traditions, and history of American Indians would be recognized and celebrate, Romero initiated the first annual American Indian Heritage Month with the City of Los Angeles in November 2006 and she was named “The First Lady” of American Indian Heritage Month by American Indian Spiritual Leaders.


Arlette Loud Hawk on Make No Bones About it. 1-12-2014 at 5pm


Arlette Loudhawk was born on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and survived Wounded Knee 2 at the age of 14


Cangleska Wakan is a Lakota term meaning Sacred Circle or Hoop

Director : Aitken Pearson
Production Company : Medicine Bow Films
Film website : http://www.medicinebowfilms.com/blog

Cangleska Wakan is a Lakota term meaning Sacred Circle or Hoop. It is based on the Sioux concept that everything in the universe is interrelated, human beings and all things which exist in their environment are connected in one continuous process of growth and development. Cangleska being circle and Wakan meaning holy or sacred. The film addresses the concept of the Sacred Hoop through the eyes and voices of the Lakota Nation. Shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota during the Winter/ Spring of 2008 /09 the cinematography captures a stark and unrivaled beauty which transcends all barriers connecting it’s heart to that of it’s audience.

The film is considered a performative documentary. Stressing an emotional response to the world it is personal, unconventional and experimental. Linking personal accounts with historical realities through interviews the film includes hypothetical enactments and historical re-enactments of events which offers the viewer a specific perspective on a world which is not theirs yet provides a spiritual connection they can relate to.

The Cangleska Wakan / Sacred Hoop represents the unity that binds the Lakota nation together with shared values and a clan system. These values include amongst others the language, ceremonies such as the sweat lodge and vision quest, the pipe, storytelling, songs, religion, bravery, respect, wisdom, generosity, the four directions, mother earth, father sky, teachings from elders and a belief that everything which is good and holy is circular in shape.

Personal and in depth discussions through interviews with people such as Russell Means, Donovin Hump and Dallas Chief Eagle plus other Lakota from the seven bands of the Great Sioux Nation such as Oglala, Minneconjou etc. Questions addressed include What is the Sacred Hoop / Circle Of Life, Has it been broken and if so when? Can it be mended?

One of the most poignant and interesting topics covered include the notion that everything that is good and holy is ‘round’ and revolves in a circular fashion such as the sun, earth, moon, planets, women’s menstrual cycle, shape of an eagles nest, tipi etc.

Some people believe the hoop was broken with the arrival of the Europeans in the 1400s, others believe it was compromised with the surrender of prominent chiefs such as Crazy Horse and Red Cloud in the 1800s.Some believe it has not been broken, yet the film does portray the fact that the Cangleska Wakan is a lifecycle which encompasses everyday life which is connected to the whole world. Cangleska Wakan is an intriguing documentary, an absolute must see for anyone interested in spirituality and the history of the American ‘In Dio’ ( In With God )

Award winning festivals –

  • South Dakota Jury Award
  • Black Hills Nominated Best Documentary
  • Portobello Nominated Best Documentary
  • Red Nation Best Docuementary
  • Southern Winds Native Spirit Award
  • Un Film Per La Pace Finalist
  • Lake Arrowhead Closing Film
  • Cowichan Aboriginal Closing Film