Monthly Archives: December 2010

Indigenous Knowledge and Values , “Returning to the past to move forward”

Join Raven and his guest Micah McCarty as they speak on Indigenous Knowledge and Values , “Returning to the past to move forward” with Micah McCarty.

Micah McCarty is a member of the Makah Nation, currently residing in Neah Bay, Washington. McCarty was raised in a Makah speaking household where he learned to the “old way” of singing and making costumes for performances. McCarty is also a drum maker and a woodcarver of traditional tribal imagery. Within the last several years, McCarty has been involved with reviving the ancient songs of the Makah people, as well as the imagery of his family. His work has been part of the Royal British Columbia Museum’s “Out of the Mist Treasures of the Nuu-cha-nulth Chiefs”.

Samantha Crain the haunting voice behind the music on KAOS 89.3 FM

Sunday, December 19 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm Join Raven and his guest Samantha  Crain as they explore the voice behind the music.

Samantha  Crain Bio:
Anais Nin said, “Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.” That suggestion was the muse impelling the conception of Samantha Crain’s second LP, You (Understood). Each song on this album rests on a juncture with a person, a real person, and it recounts a particular episode of life wi…th that person. The scenes and the people are not especially unusual or stirring but the idea that the precise installment will never, in all of time, happen again was enough to interest Crain. She is taking a microscope to the simplest of human interactions and feelings, turning them over in her hands, looking at them from all angles, measuring them on all sides, and taking them apart, realizing they really are exceptional but only in the smallest ways.

Make No Bones About It.

Don Coyhis: Healing the Trauma of the Boarding School Era

Sunday, December 12 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm Join Raven and his guest Don Coyhis as they talk about what needs to take place for the healing to happen from the Indian Boarding School Era.

President and co-founder of White Bison, Inc. Don Coyhis is a member of the Mohican Nation from the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in Wisconsin. His upbringing on the reservation and his 15 years of experience in corporate America bring a unique perspective on community development issue…s, whether in the corporate environment or within the Indian community.

Since 1988, Don has developed and presented community change programs based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and a system of principles, values and laws that were given to him by Native American Elders. He blends current events with Native American prophecy to provide a vision of the possibilities for American organizations and communities.

Don Coyhis presents Personal Enrichment, Medicine Wheel I and Community Enhancement, Medicine Wheel II in a way that will touch your heart. These audio cassette teachings on the individual, the family, the community and the nation are of vital need in today’s society.

The Meditations with Native American Elders are designed to help us grow in harmony. Each meditation begins with a saying by an Elder, followed by a thought for the day and a prayer, concluding with your intent for the day.

The Magic of Swil Kanim on KAOS 89.3 FM

Sunday, December 5 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm Tune in with Raven and his guest Swil Kanim. Swil Kanim is a violinist and member of the Lummi Nation, located in Washington state. Learn more about his music, and hear some of his stories that transformed people and their lives for decades.

Swil Kanim has been featured on KIRO TV NEWS, National Public Radio’s Earth on the Air, Northwest Public Radio, NW Cable News Network and the Canadian Chum Network’s New Canoe.

In addition t…o working in 24 episodes of CBS’s Northern Exposure, his music and acting ability were highlighted by starring in Sherman Alexie’s critically acclaimed The Business of FancyDancing.

He was selected to perform as part of the Bellingham’s Sister City Program in Teteyama, Japan where he continued on to Seoul, Korea for a memorial/reunion concert for orphans of the Korean Conflict.

The Indigo Girls asked Swil Kanim to be their opening act in Seattle to kick off the Honor the Earth Concert tour of North America.

Swil Kanim also performed for five years with the Growth and Prevention Theater Company (GAP Theater), based out of Seattle. The GAP Theater Company presented professional plays about racism and varying forms of bigotry for institutions across the Great Northwest.

He has done school assemblies for elementary and secondary education in Washington State, British Columbia, Canada, and in Sitka Alaska.

He has performed for the staff and participants of Re-habilitation Centers across the state of Washington.

At the American Indian Film Awards in San Francisco, Swil Kanim has been a featured performer since 2003 , he was featured on the soundtrack of a documentary about Indian Boarding Schools, which won the Best Documentary award.

Swil Kanim has received the Certificate of Virtuosity from the Whatcom Chapter
of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, the Bellingham Municipal Arts Award for Promoting Self-Expression in Community, and Woodring College of Education Professional Excellence Award.

In 2004, 2007 and 2008 he performed with Classical Guitarist Andre Feriante and Cellist Paulo Cesar at Benaroya Recital Hall in Seattle, WA

Swil Kanim has collaborated with Pianist David Lanz and Flutist Gary Stroutsos on two CD’s; Spirit Romance and Heart of the Bitterroot.

In April, 2008 Swil Kanim performed at the West Coast American Indian Music Awards where he was presented with both the Classic Award and Traditional Instrument Award. Also in April of 2008, Swil Kanim was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at Key Arena in Seattle for The Seeds of Compassion event.

November 2008 Swil Kanim performed four “sold out” shows at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC..

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