April 23, 2011

Birmingham, Spencer to host NAIIA

NAIIA Ceremony Coming to Hard Rock Albuquerque on April 29On Friday, April 29, the 2011 North American Indigenous Image Awards event will rock the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on the Isleta Pueblo Reservation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This second edition of the event, which first occurred in 2009, will honor the best indigenous performers from the United States and Canada. This year’s award categories include Film, TV, Music, Magazine, Comedy and Calendar.

Presenters this year will include Gil Birmingham and Chaske Spencer, both of whom are nominated for Best Actor awards for their work in Twilight films. Other notable presenters are casting director Rene Haynes and five-time Nammy Award winner Micki Free.

The other Best Actor award nominees are Gary Farmer for Good Neighbors, Zahn McClarnon for Medium and Noah Watts for Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco. Nominated for the Best Actress award are Kaniehtiio Horn for Mohawk Girls, Crystle Lightning for Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco and Georgina Lightning for Older Than America.

Other award categories will honor names and work familiar to all who follow the indigenous arts and entertainment scene. Musicians include Victoria Blackie, Gabriel Ayala, Chase Manhattan, the Jir Project Band, and Leanne Goose, all of whom will be in town to play Stage 49 at the Gathering of Nations Powwow. Barking Water, written and directed by Sterlin Harjo, Older Than America, written and directed by Georgina Lightning, and Pearl, produced by David Rennke and the Chickasaw Nation, will vie for the Outstanding Feature Film award, while The Last Explorer, Reel Injun, and Two Spirits are the films nominated for Outstanding Documentary.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see 2009 NAIIA Nominees and Indigenous Image Awards.

Below:  "Runway Beauty Calendar Models, NAIIA 2009 Calendar of the Year nominees." (Mihio Manus)


Rob said...

Some of the winners:


2011 NAIIA Awardees Announced

Actor--Gary Farmer, Good Neighbors

Actress--Georgina Lightning, Older than America

Documentary--Reel Injun

Feature Film--Older than America

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


Stars Come Out at NAIIA Event Honoring Outstanding Native Entertainers

On April 29, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, NM, welcomed Twilight actors, up-and-coming rappers, pioneering directors, Native comedy stars and a rock and roll legend for the second North American Indigenous Image Awards. The event was emceed by Pax Harvey, a comedian from the 49 Laughs Comedy Show, and featured performances by nominated acts Gary and the Troublemakers (nominated for Outstanding Blues Jazz Album), DOC featuring Spencer Battiest (Outstanding Album Single), Victoria Blackie (Outstanding Country Album), and the Pow Wow Comedy Jam (Outstanding Comedy Performance, which the trio of funnymen won).