Land and Territory
PUALANI CASE (Kanaka Maoli) is from the Island of Hawai i (also known as the Big Island). With a degree in Hawaiian Language and Culture and a Teaching Degree in Social Studies, she has been a public school teacher as well as a Kumu Hula for more than 25 years. Pua and her ohana, or family, are active as leaders in and beyond their community, immersed in culture and tradition serving on multiple Hawaiian boards and committees. Their energies are currently focused on the sacred mountain Mauna Kea (Mauna a Wakea) as part of the Mauna Kea Hui and the Mauna Kea Ohana.
LOUISE BENALLY (Dineh) Benally is a long-time human and environmental rights activist who resides on the Navajo Nation. Ghosthorse also speaks with the three artists who are "Postcommodity," interdisciplinary Indigenous arts collective based in the Southwest. Postcommodity's land art installation "Repellent Fence" will be on view Oct. 9-12, 2015 near Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, Mexico. More information can be found at http://repellentfence.com.
MARTIN PRECHTEL (CREE), author of "The Smell of Rain on Dust" (North Atlantic Books, 2015). Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer, and teacher in the search for the Indigenous soul in all people. He is a dedicated student of eloquence, history, language and an ongoing fresh approach. In his native New Mexico, Martin teaches at his international school Bolad's Kitchen "a hands-on historical and spiritual immersion into language, music, ritual, farming, cooking, smithing, natural colors, architecture, animal raising, clothing, tools, story, grief and humor.