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Eddy Lawrence on “Make No Bones About It.” 2-1-2015 at 4pm


Eddy Lawrence

Image from : Palmer Street Coffeehouse, Plattsburgh, New York, 2009

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Eddy Lawrence spent a decade in New York City before settling in the North Country of New York State in 1992. His songs and recordings have garnered critical praise in many publications, including Dirty Linen, Acoustic Guitar, The Village Voice, CMJ, Folk-Roots, Performing Songwriter, New Country, and Sing Out!.

Eddy has appeared at clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals across North America, both as a headliner and as an opening act for many well-known artists. These days, he performs in concert with his wife, Kim, who accompanies him on upright bass. The duo has recently released a new all-acoustic CD called “My Second Wife’s First Album”. The recording is their first together and the ninth album of Eddy’s original songs.

Eddy first gained attention in New York City’s thriving East Village music scene of the early 1980s. He got his start with the seminal NYC roots-rock band, LESR, before releasing his first solo album, “Walker County” in 1986. That LP was an acoustic homage to his home state of Alabama, recorded in his Lower East Side walk-up apartment, using sparse instrumentation: acoustic guitar, mandolin, and bass. For the next 15 years, Eddy worked the folk music circuit, playing coffeehouses, festivals, and clubs in support of the acoustic albums he was releasing. He mainly toured in the Northeastern US, but sometimes traveled farther afield and crisscrossed the US several times. “Going to Water”, released in 2001, harked back to his rock and roll days, featuring electric guitars, bass, and drums. In 2004 he released “Inside My Secret Pocket”, an album that featured both acoustic and electric material.

Shortly after the release of “Secret Pocket”, Eddy scaled back promotion of his own albums and songwriting in order to focus on producing recordings by Native American artists, several of which were released on his own Snowplow label. These CDs, which he produced, arranged, recorded, and played on, were well-received in Indian Country and two of them were nominated for Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs).

With “My Second Wife’s First Album”, Eddy has reentered the world of the singer-songwriter, returning to the acoustic sounds that first brought attention to his music back in the 1980s. Growing up in Alabama, with deep roots in the red clay of then-rural Walker County, Eddy was immersed in the old-time folk, country, blues, and bluegrass traditions that flourished there. He has called the area where he came from “the place where the Appalachians meet the Delta”, in reference to the musical melting pot that fused traditional European and African elements, spawning the folk, blues, gospel, rock, and soul music that heavily influenced popular music worldwide in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Eddy’s songs have appeared on many compilation albums, including NPR’s “Car Talk Car Tunes” and nine Fast Folk albums, which have been acquired by the Folkways division of the Smithsonian.

Venues where Eddy has performed include: The Birchmere, the Bluebird Café, The Bottom Line, Bound for Glory, Caffe Lena, Johnny D’s, Middle East Nightclub, Minstrel Coffeehouse, Ram’s Head Tavern, Roaring Brook Concerts, Vancouver Folk Music Festival (main stage) and many others.


Eddy Lawrence – Bio

LIVE performance of Métis music with fiddlers Sono Hashisaki of Seattle & Jamie Fox of Montana.

Tune into KAOS Sunday Jan. 25th, 2015  from 4-6pm on “Make No Bones About It” with Raven Redbone for a LIVE performance of Métis music with fiddlers  Sono Hashisaki of Seattle & Jamie Fox of Montana.

Metis Fiddle Flyer

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 Photo by Steve Zemke.

BIO for Sono Hashisaki


Jamie Fox – Bio


Will also be joined by Alex Lamoureux , Metis from Canada


Alex has been following his mom Patti around to old time dances growing up, and has always had a fiddle in his hand for as long as he can remember. Alex is currently the 4 time Manitoba fiddle Champion, 5 time Manitoba Metis fiddle champion, 2013 Grand North American fiddle champion, and has placed in the top 10 four times at the Canadian Grand Masters. Alex loves to teach, and perform regularly across Canada, and in 2010 performed at the First Medal Ceremony at the Olympics in Vancouver.

Jewell James, ot the Lummi Nation on KAOS radio 89.3 fm, July 13, 2014, 5:00-5:30pm

10487313_10152068955001887_6557126353205447199_nLummi Carver Jewell James 2014 Totem Pole Journey

The journey to bring attention to the adverse effects on Native and non-Native communities in the path of the coal, Bakken oil, and tarsands oil. The 18-food totem pole, carved by Jewell James, will begin its journey on the west coast in mid-August and culminate in early September when it will be raised at Peace River, in the heart of the tarsands territory in Alberta. Please show support in any way you can.

Raven visits with Chief Phil Lane Jr., 3-16-2014 at 5:00pm

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Chief Phil Lane Jr. is a traditionally recognized Hereditary Chief and Elder. He is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, and is a citizen of both Canada and the United States

Keith and Chenoa Egawa share about their new book “Tani’s Search for the Heart” on Make No Bones About It. 4:30 pm, 2-23-2014

Tani's Search

Keith and Chenoa Egawa are a brother and sister writing and illustrating team of Lummi and S’Klallam Indian ancestry. Keith is a novelist ( Madchild Running) with a background in education reform and social work. Chenoa is a singer, stoyterller and ceremonial leader, who has worked as a professional illustrator, international indigenous human rights advocate and educator.

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Alan ‘Spirit Hawk’ Salazar of the Chumash on the next Make No Bones About It. 1-5-2014 4pm


Alan Salazar (Spirit Hawk) is a traditional Native American storyteller … involved with the spiritual and cultural interests of the Chumash people.

About Alan Salazar (Spirit Hawk)

Alan Salazar is an educator, visionary, spiritual advisor of Chumash and Tatavian native american descendent. His Chumash name is Spirit Hawk and he holds the title of “the village’s fastest runner” . He is endowed with spiritual gifts of performing sacred ceremonial rites. In addition, he draws on nearly twenty years of professional experience as a preschool teacher. and as a counselor and institutional officer in the juvenile justice system. Mr. Salazar is a leading cultural resource consultant for the ventura Indian Educational Consortium. He has been involved in numerous organizations, including The Kern County Indian Council, Candelaria American Indian Council, Chumash Maritime Association, Oakbrook Chumash Center and ANTIK – a coalition of Chumash people. He is past President of the Native American Heritage preservation council of Kern County. Alan Salazar has devoted his entire life to furthering Native American causes. Today, he is actively involved in the Maritime Cultural Resurgence — a movement that honors Chumash masters of the tomol, the traditional plank canoe.

Mr. Salazar is widely admired for his ability to balance the need for Chumash Cultural preservation and the need for modern land use development. His cultural heritage educational activities are closely integrated with his public service and scholarly interests.

He is a member of the California Indian Advisory Committee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and his research on Chumash culture has been published in the Kern County Archeological Society Journal. Mr. Salazar participates in cultural and land use activities involving the interests of the Chumash people. he has conducted Chumash ceremonial blessings at public events, including the dedication of Point Dume Nation preserve in Malibu, a State historic landmark. http://alansalazar.tripod.com/

Ravenspeaker on Make No Bones About It. December 22, 2013 at 5pm


Native Storytelling, Choreography and Cultural Events Planning

Who is Ravenspeaker?
Ravenspeaker is the stage name for Robert Frederiksen an Alaskan Tsimshian storyteller of the Raven Clan. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and has travelled all over North America as a recognized Culture Bearer for the Northwest Coast’s First Peoples.
He began by accident as a teenager when a group of dancers needed someone to fill time on stage between sets. Although considered very young at the time he proved worthy of the honor by crafting a spell binding version of the Culture’s most famous legend ‘The Box of Daylight’. He very quickly found himself in demand as a stand alone performer and brought his talents to conventions, businesses, festivals and other gatherings all over the Pacific Northwest.
With his obvious stage presence he was offered roles in such films and Television Programs as “The Spirit of the Eagle”, “The Creative Native” and even appeared in several local theater productions. To this day Ravenspeaker is one of two featured storytellers in the Burke Museum’s storytelling exhibit.
Ravenspeaker has created songs and dances for some of the Northwest Coast’s most well known Native Dance troupes. Most notably he was one of the founders of Tsimshian Hayuuk, created and directed the Children of the Mist Youth Dance Team and helped organize Lugulm Goodm of Vancouver BC. His proudest achievement in this medium was the fusion of ballet and traditional Northwest Coast Indian Dance in “Seattle’s Fantastic Shoppe” with the late John Wilkins of the Olympic Ballet Theater.
Events Planning
Ravenspeaker assisted in the planning of several Potlatches in Washington, Alaska and Canada. He took the lead in organizing Potlatches for the Muckelshoot Tribal School and for Indian Heritage High School.
He also created the Northwest Coast cultural component of the Seattle Aquarium’s Salmon Homecoming Celebration and ran that event for several years from 1996 through 2001.
Other Data:
His ceremonial name is Ma’alsgm Gaak (Raven Narrates). He has one son, Jade, of the Eagle Clan (Most Northwest Coast Natives reckon lineage through the maternal line) who is learning storytelling and dance at the tender age of ten and is also available for certain venues.
Ravenspeaker can be contacted at 425.329.9830 or by email at ravenspeaker@msn.com
Toiksn ada saa aam hla waan. (Thank you and may your good name go with you)

Join Editor Gregory Fields, Coast Salish carver Felix Soloman (Lummi/Haida), Ben Covington ( Lummi). December 1, 2013 at 4pm


Join Editor Gregory Fields, Coast Salish carver Felix Soloman (Lummi/Haida),  Ben Covington ( Lummi). As we learn more about:

A Totem Pole History: the Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire
The book includes chapters by Felix Soloman, Bill Holm,  Barbara Brotherton, Skokomish artist and scholar CHiXapkaid Michael Pavel,  Melonie Ancheta,  and others. In addition to the book, a media companion (a DVD and two audio CDs) titled “Coast Salish Totem Poles” will be available and includes Lummi stories, songs, and an illustrated presentation of Pauline Hillaire interpreting several of her father’s major totem poles.


KAOS Radio: December 1, 2013 at 4pm, on Join Editor Gregory Fields, Coast Salish carver Felix Solomon)Lummi/Haida), Ben Covington ( Lummi).

The Evergreen State College

The EvergreenLibrary: has an exhibit featuring the book.

The bookstore has copies of the book and media companion for sale.

Dec. 3rd, from 3-5 pm, in Sem 2 C 1105 for the inaugural release of Pauline Hillaire’s new book, A Totem Pole History: The Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire (U. of Nebraska Press), that explores Salish visual arts, storytelling, and cultural traditions. The editor, Greg Fields (U. of So. Ill.), Lummi Carver, Felix Solomon (who restored some of Joe’s poles), and others involved with the publication will give a presentation. The Hillaire family has a long history at Evergreen, and throughout Puget Sound, in establishing Native education, arts, and cultural programs. Joe Hillaire’s work includes the celebrated 1963 World’s Fair, “Journey to the Sky” and “Man in Transition” poles, and the Kobe Japan “Friendship” pole, that were featured at the Seattle Art Museum in a recent exhibit. Hillaire’s artistic legacy and philosophy is documented in the book, which is one of the pivotal works on Puget Salish art and history. Sponsored by: Creativity and Diversity in American Culture: Art and Narrative In Response to Place; Bella Bella or Bust; The Longhouse; the Library; the Deans.

Seattle Art Museum: Joseph Hillaire

Carver of the Century 21 Exposition Totem Pole

Carver of the Kobe-Seattle Sister City Friendship Pole

The Seattle Public Library digital collections. Joseph Hillaire’s 1961 trip to Kobe to install and dedicate the Kobe-Seattle Sister City Friendship pole includes images of Hillaire’s travels in Japan and pictures of Seattle Mayor Gordon Clinton, and Seafair Queen Linda Juel, both of whom accompanied Hillaire on the trip.

Sarah James, a Gwichin elder from Arctic Village

Sarah James, a Gwichin elder from Arctic Village, Alaska, is the board chair and a spokesperson for the Gwichin Steering Committee, and has educated people around the world about the porcupine-caribou herd and the importance of protecting the Sacred Place where Life Begins (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) from oil exploration and drilling. She has received many awards, including the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, the National Conservation Land Trust Award and the Ecotrust Award for Indigenous Leadership.


-Remembering Chief Leonard Squally

Cheif Leonard Squally’s Wake on Friday, September 6th, 2013, 5pm. Nisqually Youth Center.

Cheif Leonard Squally's Wake on Friday, September 6th, 2013. For more information please


Salatupki Chief Leonard Squally April 4, 1934 – August 3, 2013 Chief Leonard Squally passed away August 3, 2013 at home. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenny, sister Karen, sons Leander and Kelvin, and wife Colleen. He is survived by son Robert, brothers Lewis and Albert, sisters Caroline Byrd and Elizabeth Thomas, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A wake will be at 5pm on Friday, September 6, 2013. Funeral will be at 10am on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Nisqually Youth Center. The family would like to thank Providence St. Peter Hospital and Hospice, The Nisqually Clinic, and the Nisqually Tribe for the care and attention given to Chief Leonard. We would also like to thank family and friends for their support at the end.

Published in The Olympian on September 6, 2013

Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theolympian/obituary.aspx?n=leonard-squally&pid=166824490#storylink=cpy