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Malinalli Press, a Native woman owned and operated press, publishes creative work by established and emerging indigenous writers and artists from Abya Yala. (Est. 2009)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Malinalli Media Welcomes Youth Intern Nazshonnii Brown

For Immediate Release:

Malinalli Media Welcomes Youth Intern Nazshonnii Brown

Oakland, CA.: Malinalli Media is enthusiastic to announce the first Native Women’s Media Internship program and welcome local youth Baaahh-Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri to our staff for this summer. We also would like to thank the American Indian Child Resource Center (AICRC) for extending this partnership and making this program possible in conjunction with Living by Sacred Colors.

The Malinalli Media Youth Intern is a Native American/First Nations woman who commits to serve 8 weeks as editor for the forthcoming Turtle Island to Abya Yala blog. The paid position involves crafting 1-2 feature interviews per month on any of the 60 plus contributing artists and writers in the anthology, through video production and written articles.

The recommended intern recently selected is seventeen years old and is of Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Blackfoot, Apache, Creek, Hebrew Israelite, and Irish descent.  Her interests include poetry, performance, video making, engineering and community building.

As a peer educator, Brown has been working with other young Native women in the Daughters of Tradition at the AICRC for the past 3 years. She has also participated in various cultural classes including fancy shawl dance at the Intertribal Friendship House.

In Brown’s application she wrote, “...we live in a world where misrepresentation is accepted and conformity is encouraged...I believe it is very important for Native youth to know their origins. As a media intern, I will represent my Native peers and reflect the trueness of Native cultures and community.”

AICRC Youth Leadership Coordinator Ines Gardilcic commented, “Nazshonnii is an amazing young person—self motivated, responsible, creative, and caring. She has overcome many challenges in her life to become a leader in the community. When I first saw the call out for the Malinalli Media internship I thought immediately it would be a great opportunity for her to connect with other Native women while getting more experience in media making.”

A year and a half ago, Brown wrote the poem that follows entitled “Woman they need you,” which demonstrates her talent in storytelling and the influence of women in her life,

Woman the best creation there is / Not only can you cook the food / but you can equally divide and provide it / put clothes on the backs / and wash the slacks / cuz you ain’t slackin / you packin instead of lackin / that knowledge that got you here today / because its your power it builds every hour / you walk this mother earth / a mother like you it nurtures and protects / the secrets to this can’t be found in the text- / books / So get that one last look.

Malinalli Media Director Mica Valdez commented, “I was very impressed with Nazshonnii’s maturity, intellect, and previous experience in both poetry and video. Her genuine and humble nature, soft-spoken strength, and value of culture affirmed that many Native youth are exemplary leaders in the community when given the opportunity. I’m looking forward to building with her.”

To find out more about the anthology Turtle Island to Abya Yala, visit on the web http://machafemme.tumblr.com or follow us online at http://malinallipress.blogspot.com.

About Mallinalli Media
Malinalli Media is a Native-led media organization that supports the creation and distribution of indigenous stories throughout Abya Yala, also known as the continent America. Founded in 2012, Malinalli Media promotes Native storytellers using the Internet and public radio through written article and video production. The first project will focus on interviews of poets and artists from the anthology Turtle Island to Abya Yala. Malinalli Media is located in the San Francisco/Bay Area and offers media internships to Native American/First Nations women.

About Turtle Island to Abya Yala
Turtle Island to Abya Yala is a new love anthology of colorful art and poetry that includes the work of over 60 Native American and Latina women. The book is a testimony to the Eagle and Condor prophecy that Native peoples will one day re-unite as one.  Published in 2011, this is the first book project by Malinalli Press. For more information on Turtle Island to Abya Yala, visit http://machafemme.tumblr.com or follow us on-line at http://turtleislandtoabyayala.wordpress.com.

About American Indian Child Resource Center & Living by Sacred Colors Program
AICRC is a non-profit, social services, youth services, and Indian education agency serving urban Indian children and their families in the Bay Area for over 38 years.  Living by Sacred Colors is a culturally based youth empowerment program offering Native American young people tools, education, resources and guidance in life skills, job readiness, and entrepreneurship through classes, academic support, internships and case management. For more information on AICRC, visit http://www.aicrc.org.

Contact: Mica Valdez, machafemme-owner@yahoogroups.com
or Ines Gardilcic
(510) 208-1870 x317

Friday, June 22, 2012

Native Women’s Media Internship

Malinalli Media Intern, Summer Internship for Native Women - Malinalli Media seeks a Native American/First Nations woman volunteer editor for the forthcoming Turtle Island to Abya Yala blog. Position involves crafting 1-2 feature interviews per month on any of the 60+ contributing artists and writers in the anthology, through video production and written articles. Frequency is dependent on complexity and length. Commitment is nine weeks, July 2 – August 31. Those interested in applying please briefly share your interest for this media internship, tribal affiliation, and contact information and send to: machafemme-owner@yahoogroups.com by Friday, June 29.

Thursday, June 7, 2012



Sunday, 6.17.2012 - San Francisco, CA. Modern Times Bookstore Book Release Party for Turtle Island to Abya Yala at 4pm; signing at 5pm. 2919 24th Street, 94110. (415) 282-9246.

Friday, 3.9.2012 - Albany, CA. 3rd Annual Evening of Poetry by Native Women and BOOK RELEASE PARTY for TURTLE ISLAND TO ABYA YALA at Gathering Tribes, 1412 Solano Avenue, 94706. (510) 528-9038. http://www.gatheringtribes.com

Wednesday, 3.7.2012 - Alameda, CA. Alameda Island Poets Reading and BOOK RELEASE PARTY for TURTLE ISLAND TO ABYA YALA at Books Inc at 7pm; signing at 8pm. 1344 Park St., 94501. (510) 522-2226. http://www.booksinc.net/Alameda

Sunday, 12.18.2011 - Oakland, CA. EAST BAY Reading and BOOK RELEASE PARTY for TURTLE ISLAND TO ABYA YALA at Corazon del Pueblo Cultural Center at 2pm; signing at 3pm. 4814 International Blvd., 94601. (510) 532-6733. http://www.Corazondelpueblo.com

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Drummer": Art and Poetry

After Brianna Pruett’s "Drummer"

by Marjorie Jensen

Music is translated by skin,

rhythm within bright

lights in a haze of comingled

colors and shapes.

The skin of her hand

becomes one with the skin

of the drum—




Her blood drives the music.

The body is laid open—


the heart seen in syncopation.

She clothes the world in music

as she is laid bare,

churning of the heart

held by all.

Yet, the blood is fresh,


by becoming song.

Blue sky is blotted out

by her puccoon-colored song,

illuminated with yellow

and white notes.

Red blood from brown

skin, she bleeds like all

living things bleed,

but gives this blood a voice.

Brianna's painting "Drummer" was featured in the anthology Turtle Island to Abya Yala

Monday, December 26, 2011

Turtle Island to Abya Yala

When times are tough, fear and anger are easy emotions on which to rely. We are afraid of hurting and of being hurt, so we hide behind vague and passive aggressive means of expression. We become unattached. We lash out and bear fangs for a sense of empowerment. No one wants to be the first to extend the olive branch. Compromise and understanding are afterthoughts. Compassion is for fools. Love is for the weak.

Or so it seems.

One way to combat the fear of being seen as frail or naïve when showing compassion or expressing love is through art. Art has always allowed space to be both triumphant and vulnerable in the face of such fear.

Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina women is an example of how the spirit and power of love can help to quell anger and anxiety in a society built from conquering and oppressing, where greed is the invisible hand that pushes us toward a more individualistic existence.

Nearly two-hundred pages in length, the theme of love is explored by over sixty Indigenous women in four sections: Flowers of Death: struggle and oppression, Counting Relations: family and ancestors, Slowly With You: love and relationships, and My Doctrine of Discovery: strength and transformations.

The anthology is not only a reflection on issues of racism, genocide, colonialism, domestic violence, substance abuse, and poverty, but is also a celebration of cultures, thoughts, dreams, stories, images, traditions, triumphs, relationships, and communities.

As explained in the preface by editor Mica Valdez, the anthology “is both inspired by the colorful, spirited art and poetry zine Mujeres de Maiz, a publication by women of color, and provoked by the lack of visibility of Native women in mainstream poetry publications, such as Poets & Writers Magazine.”

The anthology’s title, she adds, was collectively named by its contributors as a way to build community:

“Turtle Island” has signified North America for many First Nations peoples from North America and is derived from the Haudenosaunee / Iroquois creation story of Sky Woman and Turtle Island. “Abya Yala” is the name given by the Kuna Nation of Panama that is commonly used by many First Nations South American peoples to describe the continent known as America and signifies “land in its full maturity.”

Available locally at Laurel Book Store and Corazon Del Pueblo in Oakland, California, Gathering Tribes in Albany, California, Books Inc in Alameda, Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco, and online at Malinalli Press, the artful collection speaks from the heart to show love and compassion are, indeed, beautiful sources of strength.


Ishmael A. Elias is a writer and teacher based in Oakland, Calif. He is completing his debut novel, the first chapter of which is due to appear in the upcoming "Cherokee Writers from the Flint Hills of Oklahoma: An Anthology" by the Cherokee Arts & Humanities Council.