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Sufjan Stevens adds meaning to music

Story by Cassady Clinkscale

November 27, 2012


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With finals creeping closer, it’s becoming more and more difficult not to think about the sweet relief that comes with winter break. Tests, presentations and speeches loom overhead, making it nearly impossible to think positively. During a time like this, it’s important to have that o...

The meaning of Native American Thanksgiving

Story by Taylor Hensel

November 25, 2012


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Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie are just some of the traditional foods that the American culture associates with a conventional Thanksgiving meal. In contrast, the Cherokee Nation has a set of traditional Thanksgiving foods all its own. Venison, winter green onions, and crawdads are just s...

Electric Guest: Soulful vocals with an electronic twist

Story by Cassady Clinkscale

November 11, 2012


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While high school seems like it was eons ago (though for me it definitely wasn’t), I still remember the unique combination of awkward and entertaining that was my senior prom. While it was pretty fun, I remember thinking, “Wow, this music sucks.” Now, if country music and mainstrea...

Neon Indian provides hypnotic beats

Story by Cassady Clinkscale

November 1, 2012


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Today, in the spirit of stepping away from the norm, instead of introducing a relaxing, folk-ish band to listen to when you’re closed up in your room being a hermit, I’ve decided to go down a more electronic route. So, let’s talk about Neon Indian. A few months back, while listeni...

Native American sports

Story by Taylor Hensel

October 31, 2012


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It is common to see Native peoples participating in popular sports like basketball, soccer, or hockey, but many people do not know that in Native cultures there are athletic events all our own. Each summer, the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) kicks off in Fairbanks, Alaska. WEIO is an annual Olympi...

Cat Power accentuates soul and indie genres

Story by Cassady Clinkscale

October 24, 2012


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Sometimes when you return to your dorm room after a long day of lectures and notetaking, you just need that one thing that puts your feng shui back on track. For me, that one thing is Cat Power. Cat Power, or Chan Marshall, is a solo female vocalist reminiscent of the likes of Fiona Apple and Ingrid...

Native American History Month

Story by Taylor Hensel

October 22, 2012


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This November, Native American History Month is being recognized here at Baker. In honor of this, I decided to use this blog to talk briefly about a historical event in the Native American culture specific to the Cherokee Nation. I remember learning about the Trail of Tears in my history classes in ele...

Organizations use social media as communication tool

Story by Megan Henry

October 17, 2012


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Multiple Baker University organizations are using social media websites, including Facebook<a href="http://www.facebook.com/">Facebook</a>, , Twitter<a href="https://twitter.com/">Twitter</a>, , YouTube<a...

Insight into the Cherokee culture

Story by Taylor Hensel

October 4, 2012


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I mentioned in my last blog that all tribes are different and have unique belief systems. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation and I wanted to dedicate this posting to sharing some of my culture’s principles. One of the things I truly love about being Cherokee is the belief and practice that a...

Fleet Foxes create a folk music heaven

Story by Cassady Clinkscale

October 3, 2012


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Sitting one night enjoying some hot cocoa, I decided to cuddle up in my favorite bean bag chair and enjoy some lovely Irish music provided to me by the newly acquired Once soundtrack (if you haven’t heard of Once, I am very sad for you, so here is a link to a song from the movie<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtVSfINZA4I">...

Trendy or insulting?

Story by Taylor Hensel

September 19, 2012


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The use of Native American symbols and designs are abundant in mainstream fashion. Even Miley Cyrus has a giant dreamcatcher tattooed on her side<a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/149322543865958167/">Miley Cyrus has a giant dreamcatcher tattooed on her side</a>....

Bombay Bicycle Club definitely worth a listen

Story by Cassady Clinkscale

September 18, 2012


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The majority of the music I have been finding lately has been discovered through botched attempts at typing into the Google and YouTube search bar. A few months ago I decided I wanted Indian food. This, as most of my friends can tell you, is a regular occurrence. Chicken tikka masala and I ...