Rudy Martin : early 1970's-1982.
Summary: The American Indian Community House (AICH) presents excerpts from the 'Rudy Martin Show, ' an American Indian variety show that aired on cable stations during the early 1970's and 1980's. The show featured local, national, and international news from Indian Country and Native talent from within the Native community. It included notable performances such as the Thunderbird Dancer's appearance with Bonnie Raitt, and Martin's own performance appearances. Also featured were 'The First Americans, ' Martin's own group which included his brother and cousins, his father Steve Ortiz, and the Native singer, actor and activist, Floyd Westerman. Rudy Martin (1951-1993), a Tewa/Navajo/Apache Indian from New Mexico was a talented lyricist, singer, and musician who was committed to educating the non-Indian public about Indians on and off the reservation. Martin worked as the public relations director for the American Indian Community House (AICH) in New York City. He also served as a character consultant for PBS's children's television series 'Shining Time Station' and earned his master of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of The Arts. The American Indian Community House (AICH) is an urban Indian center that services the needs of the Native people living in New York City and welcomes Native visitors to the city. AICH was founded in 1969 and has become a de facto 'neighborhood' serving as a meeting place for the diverse Native community of the New York City area. The Community House offers a variety of services ranging from substance abuse and HIV counseling, to career assistance. It is also home to the only Indian owned and operated art gallery
Summary: in New York City. The AICH's Performing Arts Department has become an important resource for Native visual and performance artists. Through its programming, performance has become an important educational vehicle, both for the Native and non-Native NY community. The Badger's Corner, initiated in the 1980's, is an education-via-entertainment vehicle for the AICH's visual and performing arts department programs. Taking its name from the Pueblo legend of the four-legged creature who led the Pueblo people out of the underworld after the great flood, the intent of its programming is to inform and challenge people to rethink their concept(s) of Native American people and customs. All performances at AICH are presented under the auspices of the Badgers Corner.
Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; Rudy Martin, producer, creator.
Credits: Rudy Martin (protagonist).