Archive for January, 2009

Eth-Noh-Tec at American Indian Museum

WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: I remember hearing one of my mentors, Asian American singer, spiritual-cultural activist, Nobuko Miyamoto sing of a song titled “Warriors of the Rainbow” inspired by the Hopi Prophecy.  The song and the prophecy mention a time of great change and challenge that will call upon people of all colors of the “Rainbow” to be a part of this great change.  This time is now.  The Cultural Diversity Movement, The Green Movement, Movements of Peace and Justice…  all of these movements are coming together, just as the Hopi Prophecy predicted.  It is profound, and quite ironic that this theme is being held, most notably at the Museum of the American Indian.   It was an honor for Eth-Noh-Tec to be one of the many “colors” of artists performing at the Smithsonian National American Indian Museum (Jan. 19, 2009, 12:30 PM & 2:00 PM).  Above photos: standing along side Eth-Noh-Tec is storytelling friend Gayle Ross of the Cherokee Nation. Also shown: Tlingit dancers from Sitka AK, and members of “Sironka” a visiting entourage of Kenyan dancers.

“OUT OF MANY” A MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL AT THE SMITHSONIAN: expresses the “many” millions of people, some representing hundreds of thousands of communities and organizatons that have come together to chart a new course for this country.  Eth-Noh-Tec, one of the “many” will bring to life the cultures of Asia through selections of myths and folktales that are calling out for a new wisdom, some through the cautionary form, others through a heroine’s journey, but all tales performed with the intention of summoning healing energy for our country’s soul, our nation’s healing, and an alignment with our Planetary Community.

A CAUTIONARY TALE UNFOLDS:  In the storytelling world there is motif called the “cautionary tale”… though framed in the foibles and folly of fictitious circumstances, their real-time implications are lessons of wisdom to learn from.  Here at the Obama Inaugural events, though celebrational, we cannot forget the chaos that immerses our world.  As we speak, there a major atrocities being metted out in the name of justified wars as thousands of innocent lives are being killed.  Thousands of species are becoming extinct because exploits (and exhausts) from fossil fuel based economies.   We OURSELVES, The People, NOT just a new president,  must shape a different future.  We, Eth-Noh-Tec offer to the Inaugural audiences, “Sharing the Light” a collection of Asian wisdom tales to remind us that “hope” keeps our humanity in the light of possibility through Compassion, towards Truth, away from ignorance, hatred and fear.  For if we go the path of the latter, the final chapter, according to outcome of a cautionary  tale will lead us deep into the shadows of demise.

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Obama Magic is Building Up!

ETH-NOH-TEC goes off to work .. at the Smithsonian as millions of supporters come to the Mall to experience a myriad of cultural entertainers and the Inauguration celebration.

The silhouette you see is a pair kinetic storytellers posing in front of one of the Big Screens that NBC has set up for viewing as it will be impossible to actually see President Obama across the acres of people.   There are a half dozen or more viewing screens set up over the Mall grounds.

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Eth-Noh-Tec Performs at the Sackler Freer Gallery

OUR FIRST SHOW: Here we are on our way to perform at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Freer Gallery.  They’ve lined up an afternoon of talent including Eth-Noh-Tec along with Japanese dance troupe Shizumi and Kodomo Dance troupe, along with a Cambodian Classical Dance troupe (sorry, don’t know their name).  We even had a few relatives show up in the crowd.

WAVE OF PEOPLE CONVERGE ON THE CAPITAL They are expecting FOUR MILLION (is that POSSIBLE (!#%@!!) to converge for this historical occasion.  Even at 10:00 am in the morning 3 days before the official Inaugural event people are arriving in droves.  Today is Sunday, Jan 18 and an enormous crowd (my guess: 400,000?) have showed up for the outdoor live concert and congratulations with such headliners as Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Samuel Jackson and a constellation of other Stars.

AFTERNOON STROLL ON THE MALL: 15 minutes of fame are promise the curious onlookers (if they can squeeze in the right angle on the crowd shot) down at the MSNBC media station, a portable, self contained broadcast film studio completes with lights, sound, cameras and crew.

BUTTON UP! Besides buttoning up with all their winter coats, this pair of “Obama Button People”  made an appearance with over 40 varieties of Obama memorabilia.  Gregory Alexander (along with his partner) says “The women seem to favor the one button that shows image of the Obama family!”.  In the early first five hours stand out here in the bitter cold his pocket’s heating up, “doin’ alright” as are many of the overnight Barack-image clad entrepreneurs.

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Eth-Noh-Tec at the Obama Inaugural Celebrations!

ALL ROADS LEAD TO WASHINGTON DC!: Throngs of travelers are coming in on planes, trains, cars, and subways to converge on our Nation’s Capitol to celebrate with our new President-Elect Obama.  As we were flying into the airports and seeing the myriad of faces, Americans  in the broadest spectrum of our cultural diversity, we couldn’t help but to reflect upon this historic moment.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING!: Between the two of us, Nancy and I have experienced in our lifetimes, an evolution of American history.  From the unconstitutional incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry, to the apartheid culture of the Deep South, the People’s movements of the 60’s and 70’s addressing issues of Civil Rights, Peace, and the Environmental Movement to the revolutionary technologies of the New Millennium, we experienced tremendous challenge and change.  The images and words of Martin Luther Kings “I Have A Dream” speech before tens of thousands of people at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial decades ago still reverberate brightly and resoundingly in our memory … and now this: The heralding in of America’s FIRST African American to sit in White House!  It’s PHENOMENAL!

A HOT TIME WITH ETH-NOH-TEC IN CHILLY DC : It is such an honor to be a part of this Inaugural Celebration.  We’ll be posting several blogs (hopefully, if we can get out there and survive DC’s weather as we (brrrrrrrr) blog our way through the Inaugural.  This morning’s airport temperature upon arrival was one degree.   We’ll keep you posted of our happenings here in Obama-Land!

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Eth-Noh-Tec Featured in Hokubei

Hokubei throws the spotlight on Eth-Noh-Tec’s Inaugural performance at the Smithsonian’s “Out of Many” celebration on 1/19/09.

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