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Showing off their purple school spirit

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Film Prize Jr. launches third year in New Mexico

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Film professionals, legislators, cabinet officials, teachers and students gathered at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Sept. 7 to celebrate the launch of Film Prize Jr's third year in New Mexico. The statewide youth film education and festival program supports youth grades 5-12 to create short films.

Last year, the program grew by 55%, featuring 93 student films from over 50 schools in 20 NM counties. All of the films were featured on the big screen at their festival at the Albuquerque Convention Center in April 2023.

Students compete for scholarships and media grants in categories such as comedy, drama, thriller, animations, and documentary.

This year, the program is...

ZART shines the spotlight on Zuni art

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The cliché of starving artists is an old saw for a reason: Very few artists make a living from their artwork.  It’s even more difficult for those who live in remote places and have few opportunities to show their work.

For Zuni artists, that’s changing. The Keshi Foundation, which opened a Zuni gallery in Santa Fe decades ago, opened the Zuni Artist Resource Team at 120 W. Coal Ave. in early August. The Gallup site is open Tuesdays through Fridays and will be open during ArtsCrawl events.

The shop is part gallery, representing about 230 artisans so far, part fledgling Museum of Zuni Art, part training center and part web resource to help the artists display and market their...

Diné bull rider reflects on career, tribal roots

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Preparing for PBR Buckin’ on the Rez

The 75th Navajo Nation Fair is set to begin on Sept. 2 and run through Sept. 10 in Window Rock, Arizona.  Locals and tourists will fill the town for a packed schedule of events catered to different interests throughout the week.

The fair begins with Professional Bull Riding, bringing its Challenger Series back to the Navajo Nation on Sept. 2-3 with Buckin’ on the Rez. Riders of all skill levels will descend upon the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds to compete for the top prize.

One of those riders is Keyshawn Whitehorse, a Diné with roots near McCracken Springs, Utah. His bull riding career began in 2015 in the Touring Pro Division before moving up...

Connecting Navajo land, history through archaeology

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Plateau Science Society hosts discussion with Diné professor

People may have skewed views on archaeology based on what they’ve seen in pop culture, conjuring up images of characters traveling the world, exhuming artifacts for research or personal gain.

Wade Campbell, Ph.D., is a Diné historical archaeologist who aims to challenge and help people realize the true purpose of archaeology, especially on Navajo land or Dinétah. The latest step in his goal was a lecture sponsored by the Plateau Sciences Society and given at the Octavia Fellin Public Library on Aug. 20.

The Plateau Sciences Society was organized in 1961 to encourage the study and appreciation of the social and natural...

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