Monthly Archives: September 2007

Selk’nam Spirits

In November 2002 we traveled to Tierra del Fuego / Feuerland. We went there on our way from Chile and took a twelve hour bus ride from Puerto Natales via Punta Arenas to Ushuaia.

It must have been in Ushuaia, at the small Yamana Museum were I found the postcards below. The museum shows the geological origin of Tierra del Fuego, the way of life of natives (there were four groups: Yamana, Alakaluf, Selk’nam and Haush), and the extinction of the local people through murder and infectious diseases brought by Europeans.

Selknam Spirit

By 1911, only around 300 Selk’nam lived in reserves. Two Christian missionaries were established to provide housing and food for the natives. In spite of the help, Selk’nam were unable to survive without their traditions and lifestyles. A bigger part of the population died because of measles in 1925. The last ethnic Selk’nam died in the 1960/70 (sources give different names and years).

The pictures were taken by Martin Gusinde, a German missionary and Ethnologist. During 1918 to 1924 he traveled to Tierra del Feugo four times and studied the Selk’nam. Therefore, the culture of the Selk’nam is well documented in his 1000 pages strong book. His writing came under criticism later on as it is believed that especially the chapters dealing with religion and family values have not been unreflected from his own contemporary beliefs. However, Martin Gusinde was the first and last Ethnologist who studied the Selk’nam culture as a whole.

The male initiation ceremony of the Selk’nam called Hain was held for several months of the year and different groups came together to celebrate. Young men were brought to a hut were they were thought in myths. The ceremony included rituals in which the young men had to prove their endurance and strength.

The highlight of the festival was the appearance of spirits, actually adult male Selk’nam disguised as such. Each of the spirits had it’s own character. Some of them were there to scare women, others appeared for entertainment. Later on, the real identity of the spirits was revealed to the young men.

The last Hain was held in one of the missions in 1923, and it was photographed by Martin Gusinde. The photos depict various spirits.

Selknam Spirit

Selknam Spirit

Selknam Spirit

German Wikipedia on Selk’nam
English Wikipedia on Selk’nam
Martin Gusinde Museum Puerto Williams (Spanish)
Museo del Fin del Mundo (Spanish, more photos)
Martin Gusinde Biography (in German)

The Nuts Just Keep On Coming

That was such a fun night. Thanks to all who came to party.

Keith Cole did his amazing twirls to Burning Up. And then, we got a surprise visit by Britney performing her hit single Gimme More. Pictures of her floor rolling, Red Bull and Cheetos soaked gig after the jump. Or check out the video.
I only wish I had a picture of our lovely door lady Bojana.
Pictures by Oliver, Ruth and Malo.

with Bernd
with Bernd, straight from Paris

Keith, Shanda, Oliver

luis and christabel



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Harlem Is Here

I enjoyed the first Hulk movie directed by Ang Lee. Apparently, Marvel thought it had a disappointing performance and decided to give the comic adaptation another try. The new version, The Incredible Hulk, is currently being shot in Toronto.

The other day, Bitz and I were walking down Yonge St. and we didn’t make the connection. Find some pictures of the set here and here.

Hotnuts is Back

After the long summer break, Hotnuts is back next Saturday. It’s the first time Luis and me are djing together, which I’m very excited about. Keith Cole is performing, so we all should get some W├╝rstchen action. Shanda is back as the hostess.
And there is going to be a surprise appearance.

The Beaver
1192 Queen St. W.

Saturday, September 22nd, 10.30 pm
$5 cover, dress up / drag up and get in free

Hotnuts is Back
Everytime they turn the lights down
I just wanna go that extra mile for you

Got My M

Overly excited, I entered the department store. I must have looked kind of lost as I hastily walked around the perfume counters. One sales lady noticed my despair. She asked me: “Can I help you with something?”

I had not completed my question when I saw the M by Mariah flacon in her hand but I continued anyway: “Yes, I’m looking for Mariah’s fragrance.”
The woman, well in her 60s replied laughingly: “I am Mariah. Don’t I look like her? (Short break) Well, maybe 40 years from now.” Absolutely, I said.
She directed me to the Mariah counter, “Is it for a young lady, my dear?”
“That would be me, I am right here.”

As you may remember, M has top notes of marshmallow and sea breeze accord, a heart of Living Tahitian Tiare and gardenia and a drydown of sheer amber, patchouli and Moroccan incense.

It’s such a lovely scent. I’m on cloud marshmallow.

Don't Fly Away, Please!


On my last night in the UK, Prince played the aftershow. I’m stoked.

The concert started with band member Shelby J. on lead vocals for a good half hour, performing covers. The opening song being Honky Tonk Woman, during which Prince struts on stage, wearing a light yellow suit with a hood attached to the jacket, gold chains, black hair band. He’s orchestrating the band, who seemed to be in a playful mood.

After a short break, Prince takes over the vocals and sings a couple of songs from his most recent album before launching into such classics as When U Were Mine and a rock version of Anotherloverholenyohead with pieces of Rock Lobster thrown in. The first encore is 3121, which sounds so much better live.

After another encore, I took the boat back to the West End.
I’m now on my way to the airport for my flight to T.O.
Prince is playing six more nights in London.

Tower Bridge

Cat, We Need You To Rap

Cat Times

As the Prince weeks on are coming to an end, I thought this might be my chance to sneak in a story about one of my favourite record covers, the Sign ‘O’ The Times single. Released by Prince in February 1987 it was the lead single for the album of the same title.

At that time I was very nervous when a new Prince single or album was released, especially if it was the lead single revealing the new Prince look.

This was before the internets hit the streets and therefore, or maybe because I was living in a small village in Germany, not much was known about the new record or look. So, I made my way to the record store on the day of the release and there it is: Sign “O” The Times.

For a moment, I was very surprised. Did he really do drag? On a closer look and by flipping the cover it was clear that the woman’s styling was done with Prince in mind. Hilarious. But who was this person and why is she on the cover of the new Prince single? I was desperate. Maybe the video would be more helpful. I was so disappointed when I saw the video for the first time. No Prince sighting during the whole video, only text rolling left and right and up and down. Times.

The album was finally released in April 1987 and it basically continued the theme: Prince wears peach and black. For the Sign ‘O’ The Times tour it would later read on the tickets: “Wear something peach or black”.

The woman on the cover is Cat Glover. It was her introduction into the Prince world. As a member of the band she joined the Sign ‘O’ The Times and Lovesexy tours and is featured in a couple of videos, like Glam Slam and I Wish U Heaven. Her raps can be heard on Cindy C. (of the Black Album, the rap was originally written by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and included on Music is the Key) and Alphabet St.

Years later, I read an interview with Cat (can’t find the magazine anymore) that Prince and her thought it would be fun if Cat would be on the cover dressed as him. Easy.

By the way, the B-side was written by Prince as he was challenged by Sheena Easton who thought he could not come up with a song to the title of La, La, La, He, He, Hee. It’s a 10 minute funk workout with a dog barking drum pattern about a sexually charged romance between a dog and a cat.

Prince Weekends

Last weekend Toffi and I went to the big arena Prince show. It seemed like it was sold out, around 20000 people. The stage in form of his trademark symbol is set up in the middle of the venue. We were in the fifth row directly at the point of the symbol.
I was especially happy to hear Controversy and If I Was Your Girlfriend. During 1999 Prince, to make the audience sing along, jokingly asks: What’s the name of this song?

Even more exciting than the big show are his aftershows. During his 21 nights in London, an aftershow is happing every night, although it is not announced whether or not he’ll be there.

He played the aftershow last Friday, so Toffi and I had the feeling he would not play the aftershow on Saturday. He didn’t. His band played and there are great musicians but the jazztrumentals were kind of heavy on us.

To make sure I would get another Prince filled aftershow, I bought tickets for 3 shows that are happening before I go back to Toronto. The first was this Friday. Again jazzstrumentals only. No Prince.

Finally, yesterday night, Prince and the band performed. They came on stage at 1 am and rocked the house from the very first minute. The audience was on a very high energy level too, singing along for most of the songs. They played a few cover versions, including What Have You Done For Me Lately by Janet.

For the encore Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas joined the band and rhymed CIA with KKK. He always reminds me of a jumping jack. Too soon, the house lights went on, the dj started playing again. About 5 minutes later, half of the audience had already left, people are screamingly running back to the stage: Prince and the band are back.
They launch into a guitar heavy version of Red Headed Stepchild, an unreleased song that Prince had written for his former protege Tamar. At this point the audience went totally nuts, jumping up and down during the whole song, singing the refrain.

Wish me luck for this Thursday night, my last aftershow (for now).

A Night In London
On Prince Concerts

Chateau Mama

We love all things Mama here at like Party Mamas and of course Lil’ Mama. She came straight out of Brooklyn and had that poppin’ Lipgloss.

Now, she lives in a chateau. Chateau Mama. Lil’ Mama has a new video with the title that looks like she took it from math class: G-Slide / Tour Bus. It’s a fun little ditty from the forthcoming album Voice of the Young People.

Lil Chateau Mama

p.s. Please don’t ask why suddenly it’s “we” at We don’t know either.
p.s.s. Please don’t judge me for my latest flickr photos. Don’t you like pavilions?