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The moon will reach its apogee three hours after it rises

Album: Terje Rypdal, Melodic Warrior, ECM

Norwegian guitarist Rypdal favours a rocky axe-attack that can sometimes nag, but the two superb orchestral pieces here suggest that he really needs to be seen as a composer.

Don't look down! Nik Wallenda crosses the Grand Canyon on just two inches of steel rope

He is already considering his next death-defying feat in New York

Albert White: Hat American Indian who championed the Lakota language

The endangered Lakota language has lost one of its greatest supporters. Albert White Hat, who died in South Dakota on 11 June at the age of 74 of prostate cancer, was instrumental in teaching and preserving the American Indian language and translated the Hollywood film Dances with Wolves into Lakota for its actors.

The Round House, By Louise Erdrich

This coming-of-age story of trauma and survival among the Ojibwe never veers into polemic

The historic home of the Lakota Indians

The new battle for Wounded Knee: Sale of massacre site divides tribe

As a patch of their native land is offered for £2.5m, the Lakota people have been left split by what to do

Craftwork: Fort Standard’s marble trivets typify the focus on craft from US design. £65 each, fatelondon.com

Born in the USA

American fashion labels dominate the high street, but now it's time to welcome the country's homewares into our homes, says Trish Lorenz

Prince Philip, 90: Appointed to the Privy Council by King George VI on 4 November 1951, the Duke of Edinburgh has been a member longer than anyone else alive

‘The Philippines must be half-empty’: The Duke of Edinburgh's latest gaffe

Ah, Phil. When will you learn?

On the ball: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin

Washington Redskins – time for a name change?

Out of America: US sports teams are dropping Native Indian-inspired names that are viewed as racist

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Millinery: Hat's your final warning

When convicted anti-Semite John Galliano wore a Homburg-style hat (popular with Hasidic Jews), it upset many in the Jewish community. But the danger of wearing the wrong titfer is everywhere. Wear a bowler and you look  like a banker (or an East London trendy).

Blasphemy, By Sherman Alexie. Grove Press, £14.99

Sherman Alexie has beaten the odds. First, he wasn't expected to live, having been born with hydrocephalus, which is fatal if not treated. Secondly, not many Native Americans rise above the narrow confines set by white society – and, as Alexie illustrates, some of their own community – to reach literary success. Alexie has done so, with many national awards.

The News Matrix: Monday 7 January 2013

Up to 100 people missing after fires

A First Nation activist at a blocked border crossing in Sarnia, Ontario

First but not equal: Canada grinds to a halt as its native people hit out

Leader on hunger strike as First Nations target transport links in protest at poor living conditions

Television programmes such as CSI have helped boost popularity of forensic science courses

Forensic scientists need skeletons to train – but they’re down to bare bones

Universities struggling to find remains to study as colonial corpses are sent home

Songlines Music Awards 2021 Winners’ Concert, Barbican, London

Songlines magazine hosts the only World Music awards in the UK, its winners chosen not by critics or industry professionals, but by readers and listeners. Its editor in chief Simon Broughton introduced the Best Newcomer, Album and Group award winners from the stage of a sold-out Barbican Hall.

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