Jay Silverheels was a Kanien'kehá:ka actor born Harold J. Smith on May 26th, 1912. He was born on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation reservation, the most populous First Nation in Canada, and the only nation in which all six Iroquois nations live together. He was the third of eleven children born to Major … Continue reading Jay Silverheels – Happy American Indian Heritage Month
Month: November 2010
California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Garden Grove, The City of Youth and Ambition
This Southern CA-area episode is about Garden Grove, which I journeyed to with Garden Grove native Tita Ortega. Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Orange County Garden Grove is is located in North Orange County. In fact, it was whilst living in Garden Grove in 1888 thatR.Q. Wickham launched the political movement that would lead … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Garden Grove, The City of Youth and Ambition
Ray Mala – Hollywood’s First Native American Star
Ray Mala was an Inupiat actor born in Candle, Alaska on December 27th, 1906. In 1925 Mala made his way to Edendale and got a job as a cameraman with Fox Film Corporation, which relocated the following year to Movietone City, in modern Century City. In 1932, Mala was featured as an actor in Edwin … Continue reading Ray Mala – Hollywood’s First Native American Star
Red Wing and Young Deer, the First Couple of Native American Silent Film
Cast and Crew Members at Inceville in Santa Monica, circa 1915 Before the emergence of Hollywood and the studio system, moviemaking was something of a free-for-all, open to anyone that could afford it. In the US, that privileged group was almost exclusively white and male. Roles for minorities were usually crudely stereotypical, minor, and liable … Continue reading Red Wing and Young Deer, the First Couple of Native American Silent Film
California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Los Feliz, Mideast Los Angeles’s Pill Hill
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Los Feliz Los Feliz is a neighborhood in Mideast Los Angeles (MELA) and Hollywood area, neighbored by Beachwood Canyon, Griffith Park, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Franklin Hills, Sunset Junction, Little Armenia, Thai Town, and Franklin Village. Most Anglos pronounce the name of the neighborhood "Loss Filas" or "Los Filas" … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Los Feliz, Mideast Los Angeles’s Pill Hill
California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Costa Mesa, The Standing Ovation Capital of Orange County
This episode is about Cosa Mesa, which I journeyed to with photographer Jeanine Michelle and filmmaker Diana Ward. Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Costa Mesa Costa Mesa is a city in North Orange County, California, located on the coastal tableland above Newport Bay. It’s neighbored by Santa Ana to the north, Irvine to … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Costa Mesa, The Standing Ovation Capital of Orange County
Gina T is coming to LA!
Eurodisco star Gina T is performing Friday, November 12th at the Club 740 in Downtown, Los Angeles in a concert sponsored by Keep On Music (KOM), an organization committed to preserving and spotlighting Italo/Eurodisco -- often aka Vietnamese New Wave. Gina T is a gold and platinum singer as well as songwriter for other artists. She … Continue reading Gina T is coming to LA!
Urban Indians – Great Cities of Native America – Happy American Indian Heritage Month
It's not that surprising, given our Hollywood history of Native Americans, that the media feel it necessary to coin a term like "Urban Indians." Since Native Americans exist in popular culture as stewards of nature who spend their lives camping under the stars and measuring times in "moons," the fact that millions of Native Americans … Continue reading Urban Indians – Great Cities of Native America – Happy American Indian Heritage Month