Speaking of movies, this is basically Inuit Beowulf.
It was written, produced, directed, and acted entirely by Inuit people. I think a lot of people might be interested in Medieval Inuit art and literature, and this is a pretty great example.
You can watch and download the entire trilogy here for free (but donate if you can!!!); Atanarjuat is the first film and takes place around 1000 A.D.-ish. It also won a LOT of awards. Keep in mind: it’s entirely in Inuktitut, with English subtitles.
(More like Beowulf is the Scandinavian Atanarjuat!)
LOL! I was merely trying to make a comparison for people so they’d kind of understand why it’s all so formal and stylized, but yeah I actually like Atanarjuat much better! It’s the kind of story that it is: epic, terse, full of drama, betrayal, magic, good versus evil, archetypal characters….it’s friggin GREAT.
The way they compiled the script and cross-checked all the versions to try and make it as accurate as possible was awesome…they actually have an interactive map so you can sort of see the geographical relations between the events in the film. (It is, of course, kind of wasted on me :P)
so lately a movie called “Frozen Land” has gotten some attention due to it seemingly continuing the trend of Low Budget Animated Movie Tries To Fool Distracted Parents Into Thinking It’s The Latest Pixar/Disney Production. but looking into it more i found that this is way, way more than that
for one thing, the original title of this movie isn’t Frozen Land—it’s The Legend of Sarila, La Légende de Sarila in the original French. it’s only recently gained the translated title of Frozen Land when it got distributed to US audiences. it was released almost an entire year before Frozen came out, and other than the vaguely connecting theme of “ice,” Sarila has nothing to do with Frozen or its source material of The Snow Queen
though calling The Snow Queen ‘source material’ for Frozen is a generous stretchand is a completely different kind of story
Sarila is the first 3D animated movie to come out of Quebec and tells the story of
….an encampment of Inuit nomads is threatened by famine. The situation is dire as day after day the hunters return empty-handed. Unknown to anyone, the tribe’s shaman Croolik has embraced the dark arts and this is the true reason behind the disappearance of all the animals. The clan’s wise woman Saya recalls the legend of Sarila, a promised land hidden among the glaciers, where wild game is said to be plentiful. Legend has it that only the pure of heart may enter this hallowed place.
Three of the clan’s young people, chosen by Croolik’s treacherous crow Kwatak, agree to go in search of Sarila in order to save their tribe. There is Putulik, the chief’s son; the beautiful Apik, his fiancée; and Markussi, who only Croolik and Saya have discerned has a shaman’s gifts.
it’s not up to the animation standards of Disney and Pixar, but it’s not bad. it’s not even average—it’s interesting. it has a decent number of lady characters. it’s accurate to Inuit culture—Sedna is not just a character made up for the movie but a key figure in Inuit mythology. even the cutesy “kid appeal” character is fairly charming
i know a lot of you are disappointed in the lack of representation in animation, and have been criticizing Frozen in this regard. so i invite you not only to discuss Frozen, but to discuss and support a movie that has an entirely nonwhite cast—not just an entirely nonwhite cast but an entire cast of First Nations people, a group who see pitifully little representation in popular media. i invite you to support a movie from a relatively new studio, a studio who is eager to tell a serious story from a culture whose voice is almost never heard
your local bargain bin may want you to believe that this is just another low-budget ripoff, but it is not. this is a story worth considering, and i hope you will do just that
suuuuuper simplified Effie drawing with some colours slapped on. hmmhmmhmmm.
The Viking BuddhasThinking of your Ancient Art, would you consider the Viking Age ancient? It’s more early Middle Ages generally speaking.
I was wondering if you’d seen any of the Viking Buddhas? The Vikings had extensive trade with Asia (some through Russia and extensively through Persia). The most common east Asian trade item found in the Viking world (from what I understand) is silk. Less well known are the “uncommon” but not “rare” occurrence of Buddhas. There are several “classic” style Buddhas found in the Viking world that were likely acquired in trade from eastern Asia (i.e. China) as well as some in the style of southern Asia (i.e. India), but there are also some that are done in a style and with materials that suggests they might have been created in northern Europe, from within the Viking world. The more famous of these (to my knowledge) is the “Oseberg Bucket Buddha” (wikimedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Buckle_from_Oseberg_Vikingship_Buddha.JPG ). It was found in a burial of a very high profile woman.
From what I’ve been able to find, how these Buddhas fit into the Viking worldview is not known. where they representations of a religious minority? Where they co-opted as representation of Norse gods? Was a Buddha figure incorporated into the Viking pantheon in some areas? Where there immigrants or descendants from east/south Asia living in the Viking world that maintained their religious heritage (we know the Viking brought back people from both raid and trade expeditions from most of the “known” world, as spouses, slaves, and even equals/freemen immigrants, and it was possible for slaves to become freemen). In addition to the Buddhas, there are several figurines, mostly interpreted as Valkyrie or Shield Maidens, that have what art historians and hobbyists describe as “slanted” eyes (how i wish they said “artistic interpretation of a hooded eye” or something less probematic! Even “Asiatic” would have been less loaded, for goodness’ sake. ) ( wikicommons link http://www.flickr.com/photos/28772513@N07/4560502772/ ).
Actually, in recent years, more connections to the Vikings and Asia have been revealed in both art and literature. In additions to the Buddhas from Helgö and Oseburg, Persian silk fragments previously thought to have been looted from England or Ireland are now thought to have been gained by legitimate trade directly with Persia. Some of the fragments are suspected to have originated even further east in China.
The literary connection comes from the Saga of Siddharta, which became Baarlams and Josaphat, which was originally Buddha. Apparently a written version of this tale was recorded as a Norse saga in the 13th century.
There are also some linguistic and genetic connections, but that’s definitely wayyy outside my field.
photo credit to Saamiblog
I can’t help it, I gotta comment on this because it’s so exciting.
It is well-known that the norsemen were pretty keen on adopting gods into their pantheon, the more gods the better! (Which is what happened when they became Christianian, they simply adopted Jesus as yet another god to worship and I have even found proof of that on a rune stone not far from where I live. It was sporting a swastika, which is a heathen symbol, and a Christian cross just below it, but the christianization is an entierly different discussion.)
The fact that they could have been worshipping an Asian god doesn’t really sound far off to me at all, and frankly it’s pretty exciting to think about.
What I think is most ironic of all is when people use vikings as a symbol for white sympremacy (yeah, yeah, I repeat this a lot, I know, but it’s something that I will fiercely protect until the day I die) when the vikings themselves were a really curious and multicultural people who (supposedly) took a lot of pride in traveling and trading with people who lived far away. It is believed that it was seen as a symbol of status to own things from far away places. And it would make sense too, because it would indeed be a feat to travel to India and back to Scandinavia again (and required money)
One of the most obvious signs of Middle Eastern influence however, is the way that they dressed. These are harem pants. (Not all pants looked like this though, and most, if not all, of the archeological finds are from the later Viking Age.)
There’s also this little quote:
Vivid colors, flowing silk ribbons, and glittering bits of mirrors - the Vikings dressed with considerably more panache than we previously thought. The men were especially vain, and the women dressed provocatively, but with the advent of Christianity, fashions changed, according to Swedish archeologist Annika Larsson.
“They combined oriental features with Nordic styles. Their clothing was designed to be shown off indoors around the fire,” says textile researcher Annika Larsson, whose research at Uppsala University presents a new picture of the Viking Age.
There are also a couple of mythical swords with the word “Ulfberth” embedded in them made from a special kind of crucible steel, and they got those ingots from places like Iran and Afganistan. If you’re really into swords, there’s a really good documentary on youtube about the process of making this kind of sword.
I even read somewhere that they took musical influence from the Middle East, but I would leave that to my followers because I’m not well-read regarding that aspect at all.
There are a lot of racists in my country saying that we’re destroying our precious culture (that already is a huge melting pot to begin with) and wasting our money on immigrants, and racists on tumblr using vikings and ancient germanic culture as an avatar for their disgusting beliefs, but they also fail to realize that multiculturalism is a tradition that runs REALLY FAR BACK. Even the vikings did it. We had brown people in Norway and Sweden back then, some were even free men. Odin facepalms at you. You have no excuse for your shitty opinions.
Reblog for the additional links and info.
Respect to all Australian Indigenous peoples on this Invasion Day.
Terra Nullius was bullshit.
Check this awesome interactive map of Indigenous languages
For the uninitiated, this is a map of the estimated tribal roaming boundaries, or ‘countries’, of the incredible multitude of Aboriginal cultures existing in Australia before invasion.
(warning: fencing “critique” under the cut)
Would there be a difference in between fencing and singlestick in stances.
Good point! Singlestick isn’t fencing, and as I’ve never done singlestick, I can’t be held an authority on this. However, when I’ve seen singlestick done during the historical swordfighting sessions at my old fencing club, adopting the fencing stance (with off-hand held loosely rather than tightly behind the back) was the norm. Of course, the people who were doing it were fencers first and did singlestick for fun, so if anyone who does do singlestick can weigh in on this, I’d appreciate it!
When I was fencing, the reason I was told for having the hand held loosely rather than pressed up against the back was more for maintaining balance, especially while moving. Since it looks like Sherlock & Mycroft aren’t obeying the “stand in one place” rule of singlestick, I would have assumed they would want better balance, so to me, it seems silly for Sherlock to have his hand pressed up against his back that way.
Obviously, this is a TV show, and whoever was consulted to teach the two actors singlestick fighting probably told them to adopt whatever stance felt most natural to them. This is just me being nitpicky. ^^”
(warning: fencing “critique” under the cut)
Rule 1: Always post the rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 11 new ones
Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post
Rule 4: Actually tell them you tagged them
Questions — [I’m ignoring the tag-11-people rule, because I don’t want to be annoying, but anyone can answer this! Go forth! Procrastinate!]
1. What is your favourite type of hat/headwear?
I am not really a hat person (I only own one of those ear-flappy winter hats), but I do like hats with feathers in them!
2. If you were a famous genre fiction writer working on a long-running series, what would you do with your literary will?
If I died before I finished it, you mean? I’d leave whatever proceeds to be distributed to whoever really wanted to continue it - like, if someone thought they had a good ending, they could get a stipend from my will to offset some living costs while they wrote it. No competition between people to decide what a good ending is - they get to decide for themselves. I’d just pay people to do fanfiction, basically.
3. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, with no nutritional consequences, what would it be? (No multi-component meals!)
I thought too hard about this, but then I remembered Cheez-its.
4. Do you also find the number 11 weird in this questionnaire?
5. Which dinosaur do you find the cutest?
I haven’t researched dinosaurs in so long that I have to go with T-Rex (have you seen T-Rex Trying?)
6. How do you organize your book collection?
Alphabetical by topic - fiction is by far the largest “topic”, and takes up one bookshelf. I’ve reserved another for linguistics books and papers (papers are organized by class and order of presentation), and the last one is for everything else - poetry, theatre, comics, anthologies, nonfiction, language reference, and general reference.
7. Do you name inanimate objects? What’s the last thing you named?
Not often, but sometimes! I named my bike Talat, after an old war horse in a YA Fiction novel I once read.
8. If you were the protagonist of an anime, what colour/style would your hair be?
Teal hair, probably similar to what I have now, but longer and curlier.
9. Flight or invisibility?
Flight. I’m already good at being invisible…
10. What was the last book you bought?
"The Complete Father Brown Stories" by G. K. Chesterton, and "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt
11. What was the first CD/cassette/mp3/record you ever bought?
Probably the Best of U2 1990-2000, let’s be honest. Or was it Achtung Baby? I don’t remember… It was probably U2.
I am also not going to bother to tag, but I am bored and avoiding Syntax readings, so…
Answers are above in the quoted post, my own questions are below, to answer if you feel like it!
- Do you still own a stuffed animal, and if so, what is its name and kind of animal is it?
- What is your favourite small town to visit/stop at/have a meal in (during roadtrips or as a destination)?
- Speaking of roadtrips, what is the longest roadtrip you have ever been on, and to where?
- What is your favourite store and why?
- What is the most annoying sound?
- If you could pick one song to sum up your high school experience, what would it be?
- Pen or pencil?
- What kind of household pet would you have if you couldn’t have a cat or a dog?
- What’s your favourite gift that anyone has given you?
- Have you ever had a nightmare that, upon waking up, you realized you were afraid of something really stupid? Tell me about it.
- What’s your favourite constellation?
cat comics #2
10 days and I too will live with such a cat!
“James Luna often uses his body as a means to critique the objectification of Native American cultures in Western museum and cultural displays. He dramatically calls attention to the exhibition of Native American peoples and Native American cultural objects in his Artifact Piece, 1985-87. For the performance piece Luna donned a loincloth and lay motionless on a bed of sand in a glass museum exhibition case. Luna remained on exhibit for several days, among the Kumeyaay exhibits at the Museum of Man in San Diego. Labels surrounding the artist’s body identified his name and commented on the scars on his body, attributing them to “excessive drinking.” Two other cases in the exhibition contained Luna’s personal documents and ceremonial items from the Luiseño reservation.
Many museum visitors as they approached the “exhibit” were stunned to discover that the encased body was alive and even listening and watching the museum goers. In this way the voyeuristic gaze of the viewer was returned, redirecting the power relationship.
Through the performance piece Luna also called attention to a tendency in Western museum displays to present Native American cultures as extinct cultural forms. Viewers who happened upon Luna’s exhibition expecting a museum presentation of native American cultures as “dead,” were shocked by the living, breathing, “undead” presence of the luiseño artist in the display. Luna in Artifact Piece places his body as the object of display in order to disrupt the modes of representation in museum exhibitions of native others and to claim subjectivity for the silenced voices eclipsed in these displays. “
instead of thinking as yourself as dirt, take a baby step up and think of yourself as nutritious soil after a spring rain. grow a plant. house a worm.
A short comic about a girl, her mother and their different Black clothes.
I made this in late August this year for Seriefrämjandets yearly contest. The topic was comics for young people… and guess what, I actually won!
En serie med otroligt bra känsla för karaktärer, med god känsla för hur utseende och subkulturer betyder i ungdomens sökande efter en identitet. En serie som man ser på första anblick har hjärta, och som subtilt pekar på ämnen som andra skulle göra till huvudpoängen i historien. Som en liten bonus får vi en tjej i huvudrollen som känns levande och som man känner starkt inför.
I’m incredibly surprised, happy and grateful to have won. Since it got so much praise, I figured I should post it here. Thanks to Keetande for helping me with the tricky translation!