Dine’ word- to think with hope and assurance. The process of making critical affirmative action of thinking, planning, learning, becoming experienced and confident to adapt.
Brother and sister, Jeneda and Clayson Benally of Blackfire from the Navajo (Dine’) Nation in Northern Arizona have created their own unique brand of music with bass and drums. They grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life. Their music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities and social and environmental justice.
To act and operate exclusively as a public organization charity, nonprofit corporation pursuant to the laws of the state of Washington, and to act and operate as a community organization which serves to support impoverished American’s focusing on Native American’s with charitable programs that advance quality of life while promoting social dignity though relief of the poor, the distressed and the underprivileged; Honoring all paths of cultural and spiritual traditions.
Music recording artist, Calina Lawrence
An enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe, Calina Lawrence was born and raised within her Indigenous culture in the Pacific Northwest area of Washington State.
Her vocal journey began at a young age, lending her voice to the preservation of Suquamish traditions. Her involvement in music has led her in activism in the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland. In 2016, Lawrence graduated with Honors from the University of San Francisco, attaining her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice, with a Music concentration.
The art-ivist has spent recent time traveling the country in advocacy for Native Treaty Rights and the “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as well as the “NoLNG253” movement led by the Puyallup Tribe.
Since graduation, Lawrence has released her debut single entitled “Alcatraz” a folk song (January ‘17) followed by the release of “Generations” (July ’17) a hip-hop track featuring 14 y/o ‘Deya. Most recently, she has released “Don’t Count Me Out” (December ’17) featuring indigenous vocalist Desirae Harp. Lawrence will be releasing her first album in the year 2018.
Lawrence is currently based out of the cities of Seattle/San Francisco and traveling the Nation pursuing her career as a musician/activist in the genre of RezSoul;combining genres of Traditional Folk, Hip Hop, R&B/Soul, and Spoken Word Poetry. For more info visit: calinalawrence.com.