PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — As some states and communities have slowly begun to acknowledge their often purposeful erasure of Native Americans from the dominant narrative, the voices, cultures and...
Jazz Fest’s foundation also marks 50 years
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrates 50 years of spotlighting Louisiana's culture and musical traditions.
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg met Monday with the Rev. Al Sharpton, as the Indiana mayor faces scrutiny of his record on race and is stepping up his outreach to...
Anchorage students can wear tribal regalia at graduation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Jacqueline Morris displays the sealskin cap and mukluks that her son Tigran Andrew wore during the 2018 Service High School commencement. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with ‘The Apollo’
NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater.
PARIS (AP) — It's a thin line where the patina of age on Europe's countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly...
Louisiana spring festival to feature Poverty Point
OAK GROVE, La. (AP) — A spring festival in northeast Louisiana festival will celebrate will celebrate the Poverty Point World Heritage Site instead of sweet potatoes.
HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding...
Correction: Burning Man-Expansion Permit story
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 9 about a Bureau of Land Management hearing on a new permit for the annual Burning Man event, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Burning Man's...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local):
Among those watching with horror as fire engulfed the iconic Notre Dame...
Indigenous leaders want less drilling near sacred sites
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American...
David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dead at 92
NEW YORK (AP) — David Brion Davis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy that made him among the world's most...
Checkerboard complicates effort to protect sacred sites
The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years.
University of Michigan opening multicultural center
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is opening a $10 million building dedicated to many cultures on campus.
The university says the Trotter Multicultural Center, which opens...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Burning Man organizers say the U.S. government wants to place unreasonable conditions on a proposal to expand the counter-culture festival's capacity to 100,000, including...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Art Institute of Chicago has indefinitely postponed a major pottery exhibit just weeks before it was due to open, citing concerns that the culture and voices of indigenous...
Review: Novel revisits culture wars, AIDS crisis
"The Spectators" (Random House), by Jennifer duBois
A deadly school shooting serves as a pivotal event in "The Spectators," a novel that revisits American cultural wars and crises in the...
- The Santa Fe New MexicanThe invisible heritage of Native Americans is threatenedMay 12, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalAfter Supreme Court election, mixed fallout for LGBT community, social conservativesMay 6, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanNew Mexico official pulls plug on new oil, gas drilling on state land near ChacoMay 1, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — John Leguizamo is taking his irreverent one-man comedy show about Latin history on the road.
The comedian will kick off a 12-state U.S. tour of his "Latin History for Morons"...
Conservative congress on family sharply divides Italy
VERONA, Italy (AP) — Verona — the city of Romeo and Juliet — was the backdrop for a culture clash Saturday, as it hosted both a conservative congress on family values and a march by civic groups...
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned "a white man's culture" as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of the Grand Canyon National Park superintendent (all times local):
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children is an unconstitutional race-based intrusion...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some chimpanzee groups are stone-throwers. Some use rocks to crack open tree nuts to eat. Others use sticks to fish for algae.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pharrell is heading home to Virginia Beach to launch a new music and culture festival.
The Grammy-winning superstar announced Monday SOMETHING IN THE WATER, a multi-day event...
Workshops on documenting traditions in Lafourche, Terrebonne
GRAY, La. (AP) — The state is presenting a series of four workshops on documenting local traditions for people in a southeast Louisiana area hit hard by coastal erosion.
Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a...
Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious...
K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un’s cultural revolution
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch.
North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade under leader Kim Jong Un.
Rolling in the deep: HBO film looks at roller skate culture
NEW YORK (AP) — First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating. Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead.
"We were shooting a piece about what we thought was the end of the era of skating with what we thought were the last men standing," said Winkler. "We thought, 'Who roller skates anymore?'"
Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture
At the time Virginia's future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy "Trading Places."
Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as "smart" while describing his black NBA opponents as athletically gifted.
Effort to save Egypt’s Abu Simbel temples in 1960s recalled
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Egyptologists and other experts gathered in Italy this week to celebrate a successful campaign to save ancient Egyptian temples from being submerged by a dam project 50 years ago and heard of cultural sites facing similar threats now.
Soldotna man honors Dena’ina heritage with Anchorage statue
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Near Anchorage's Ship Creek, a new bronze statue of an elder named Olga, a Dena'ina matriarch from the village of Eklutna, stands and overlooks land that was once a prosperous Native fish camp.
Soldotna artist Joel Isaak, who is Dena'ina himself, worked on the statue for two and a half years. He said he doesn't take the opportunity to represent his culture through art lightly.
AP Explains: Anti-assimilation claims haunt Latinos, Asians
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — NBC's Tom Brokaw drew strong criticism for saying that Hispanics needed to work harder at assimilating and learning English. Megan Neely, a Duke University graduate studies director, also sparked anger for warning international Asian students in an email against speaking Chinese in public.
Multicultural education reforms advance in Legislature
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in this heavily Native American and Hispanic state pushed initiatives Monday to improve academic achievement among minority students and revitalize local linguistic and cultural traditions.
A House panel unanimously endorsed a trio of bills that would expand training for teachers of English as a second language and bilingual instructors, while enlisting an existing network of teacher cooperatives to collaborate with local Native American tribes.
Poet Gloria House selected as 2019 Kresge Eminent Artist
DETROIT (AP) — Poet and activist Gloria House has been selected as the 2019 Kresge Eminent Artist for her achievement in the arts and contribution to the growth and vibrancy of Detroit's cultural environment.
Kresge Arts in Detroit says the award comes with a $50,000 prize.
Kentucky school comes under fire after Washington incident
PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — Less than a week ago, Covington Catholic High School was known mostly for its seven state titles in football and its rousing motto, "A spirit that will not die."
Greece removes ancient sites, museums, from development list
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government has removed hundreds of archaeological museums, ancient sites and castles inadvertently put on a provisional list of properties up for private development under the country's bailout terms.
The culture ministry said Tuesday that following careful cross-checks, 2,330 properties were taken off the portfolio of state-owned real estate scheduled for development over the next 99 years.
UNESCO names Rio its 2020 ‘World Capital of Architecture’
SAO PAULO (AP) — The U.N. culture and education agency has recognized Rio de Janeiro as the "World Capital of Architecture" for 2020.
UNESCO's office in Brazil said the announcement was made Friday at its headquarters in Paris by its Assistant Director-General of Culture, Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez.
The agency said that the city was bestowed the honor after being selected to host the upcoming World Congress of the International Union of Architects.
North Carolina university leaders depart amid culture war
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Carol Folt gave her first big speech as head of North Carolina's flagship public university, she praised lawyer Julius Chambers, who battled segregationists in court, and she lauded legendary basketball coach Dean Smith's civil rights advocacy. The Tar Heel titans "worked across differences for the common good," she said in 2013.
But Folt was pushed out this week amid an ongoing culture war about what, exactly, is the common good.
Celebs, athletes give ‘Dragon Ball’ pop culture super status
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Dragon Ball" may be a Japanese-born anime, but the series has become a major pop culture influencer for years. Rappers sprinkle references in their rhymes, athletes channel the character's super powers when making big plays and the franchise's star even made a towering appearance at November's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Juneau high school incorporates Alaska Native name
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau high school incorporated Alaska Native culture into its name following a yearlong effort led by students.
The school district board adopted the name change Tuesday for Juneau-Douglas High School, adding "Yadaa.at Kale," the Juneau Empire reported .
The name addition translates from the Tlingit language as "beautifully adorned face" and is the name of a nearby mountain.
Art honoring Alaska Native culture installed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A statue honoring Alaska Native culture has been put up in the state's largest city.
The installation included the bronze statue of a Dena'ina woman holding dried fish, the Anchorage Daily News reported. She wears traditional dress hemmed with quills and stands before a rack hung with fish skins. A fish silhouetted in concrete swims into a partially submerged fish trap.
Swiss researchers studying Nevada festival, spin-off events
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's Burning Man counter-culture festival has inspired spin-off events around the world that are now being studied by Swiss government anthropologists and sociologists.
The Swiss National Science Foundation has spent more than $100,000 on academics focusing on the attendees and impact of Burning Man's regional events and groups around the world, particularly in Europe.
Burning Man spokeswoman Megan Miller said Europeans are extremely receptive to those principles.
BLM says too much trash was left after Burning Man event
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal officials have informed organizers of the Burning Man counter-culture festival in Nevada that they left too much trash behind after the 2018 event.
However, Burning Man organizers said they passed an environmental inspection and plan to undergo an additional review in the spring.
Santa gets pushed out as China’s leaders emphasize tradition
SHANGHAI (AP) — It took less than 24 hours for all the Christmas trees, lights and bells to disappear from a 27-story shopping and office complex in the Chinese city of Nanyang.
Even the giant teddy bear at the mall entrance wasn't spared, said Ma Jun, who works at a tutoring company in the building.
House panel finds Olympic leaders valued image over safety
A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system's handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety.
A journey through 2018′s top pop culture moments
And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you wanted a break from that, there was a royal wedding with something for everyone, some groundbreaking movies, the return of Mary Poppins (to the screen) and Harry Potter (to Broadway), a goodbye to some favorite celebrities, a tale of two coats that were more than just coats, and more. Join us on a highly selective chronological journey through a year in pop culture: