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Kara Briggs


Articles by Kara Briggs

Documentary Traces Brooklyn’s Mohawk Ironworkers

Documentary Traces Brooklyn’s Mohawk Ironworkers

Reaghan Tarbell never set out to be a New Yorker, or a filmmaker, for that matter. But eight years ago, this descendant of Mohawk ironworkers moved to New York from the Kahnawake Reserve near Montreal. She came to work in the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian's National of...
Link Wray and his Ray Men, Power Chord Pioneers

Link Wray and his Ray Men, Power Chord Pioneers

Link Wray and his Ray Men broke into American pop music in 1958 with a loud guitar riff later characterized as the power chord, and a song that made some radio disc jockeys fearful of violence. But the Wrays, Vernon, Link and Doug, were no 1950s-era gang They...
Breathing New Life into Tsimshian Culture

Breathing New Life into Tsimshian Culture

Kingston, Wash.—David Boxley is putting designs in red paint on a bentwood box, while his older son, David Robert Boxley, carves alder wood into a beaver face for a helmet commissioned by a Native dance troupe in nearby British Columbia. Father and son are often together, whether at performances the...
Animal images tell visual story of boys in trouble

Animal images tell visual story of boys in trouble

Rick Bartow’s sculpture “From the Mad River to the Little Salmon River, or The Responsibility of Raising a Child” is a precariously balanced series of images. The work, part of an exhibition of contemporary Native art called “Vantage Point” now showing at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American grew...