“It started it after I saw so many women’s calendars,” explained Manus in a telephone interview. Manus’ husband, Mihio, a professional photographer, agreed to do the photography, and the couple’s company, Viewfinder Productions, Inc. of Chandler, Ariz., began marketing the calendars. This year’s calendar retails for $20, but is currently only available for purchase online or at Drum Beat Indian Art in Phoenix.
Manus brought some calendars to Gallup on Friday for a radio interview with this year’s cover model, actor Tatanka Means. The two were interviewed on Gallup’s 93X/93.7 FM radio station, Manus said. Means, of Oglala Lakata/Omaha/Navajo descent from Chinle, Ariz., portrayed Crazy Horse in the TNT epic “Into the West” and is featured in the upcoming PBS television program, “We Shall Remain,” directed by award-winning Native director, Chris Eyre.
But since men dominate in our society, a male calendar isn't as much of a problem as a female calendar. Men rarely have to worry about getting stereotyped as sex objects.