Mashpee tribe reopens meetinghouse

Mashpee tribe reopens meetinghouseBlessed by burning sage and heart-thumping drumming, more than 100 people celebrated inside one of the nation's first churches that brought Christianity to the Native Americans.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribal elders yesterday cut the ribbon on the renovated Old Indian Meetinghouse, thus reopening the oldest Indian meetinghouse in the United States. Though tribe members admitted yesterday that distinction has been a mixed blessing, they were united by the important role the meetinghouse has played in their culture over the past 325 years.>>>

'Avatar'

Think of "Avatar" as "The Jazz Singer" of 3-D filmmaking. Think of it as the most expensive and accomplished Saturday matinee movie ever made. Think of it as the ultimate James Cameron production.

Whatever way you choose to look at it, "Avatar's" shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.

ASU’s 1st Native American archaeologist honored at commencement

ASU’s 1st Native American archaeologist honored at commencementIn the United States, most of the archaeology is about Native American cultures. Yet nationwide, there are only about 15 Native American doctorate-level archaeologists involved in the interpretation of their archaeological past. Today, William "Rex" Weeks joins their ranks as the first Native American to receive a doctoral degree with a specialization in archeology from Arizona State University's highly competitive anthropology program. His inspiring success story was shared during the commencement ceremony.>>>

‘Coming of Age’ Pendleton style

‘Coming of Age’ Pendleton styleThe Coming of Age blanket is based on a painting by internationally acclaimed Blackfeet painter Terrance Guardipee and depicts a Blackfeet Medicine Paint ceremony. The ceremony is an integral part of the Blackfeet culture in the development of youth as they mature into adulthood.>>>

Hmong residents in the Fox Valley come together for Saturday's New Year celebration at Appleton East

Hmong residents in the Fox Valley come together for SaturdayKa Yang and other Hmong residents of the Fox Valley today are transforming Appleton East High School into a party site for Saturday's Hmong New Year 2010 community celebration.

While elders are putting final touches on speeches, ceremonies, food and other features of the annual event, the youth are contributing by brightening the building with balloons, streamers, poinsettias, stars, lights, ribbons, glitter and other decorations. >>>