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Brian Larney on KAOS radio 89.3 fm Olympia- Sunday, January 19th at 4pm


We will be visiting with Choctaw Seminole  Artist, Brian Larney  on KAOS radio 89.3 fm Olympia- www.kaosradio.org this Sunday, January 19th at 4pm.  Brian’s original creations are rare archival illustrations from the past and reflect the rich culture of his tribal heritage.  His visuals are known for their contemporary style yet maintaining the cultural accuracy that honors his tribal family’s name of five generations, YA-HV-LA NE.  Brian has received the Governor’s Award at the Festival of Art, First place awards for his work at Red Earth Festival, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Seminole Museum Signature Series, as well as served as art instructor and consultant for numerous educational and business venues.

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Donald Vann on “Make No Bones About It” -September 8th, 2013


The images of full blood Cherokee artist, Donald Vann, speak of peace and tranquility of solitude. They speak of yesterday’s tradition and tomorrow’s promise. Through his work, Donald takes the viewer to a place that is as real to him as the tangible world. To see his paintings is to feel the crunch of snow beneath one’s feet, to hear the wind whisper through the aspen trees and to smell the wood smoke and buffalo of hide tipis. It is to know the soft-spoken man behind the paper and paint.  Donald Vann

“All my life,” Donald explains, “I have had this desire to paint with images I can express thoughts and feelings I could never put into words. Through my art I am able to transcend the limitations of the spoken word.”

It is more than just his Native American heritage that Donald strives to share. Warriors on horseback, a medicine man greeting the dawn and young maidens gathering wood are only the means of conveying moods that are much more universal. He uses those images to tell how he feels about the unseen forces that influence life. Donald draws his greatest inspiration from the earth, sky, and from the rhythms of nature. His creations have a quality that allow the viewer to share some of the inner facets of the Indian soul. “In our world, there is an unspoken quality, a feeling that touches and flows through everything … all of us as well as all things of the earth. If one listens to these forces, he will find himself painting instinctively with the feeling of his heart about his ancestral beliefs and the way people live today.”

These spiritual elements have been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. “Growing up I was always a loner.” Donald recalls, “I spent a lot of time hunting, but that was really just a way of being by myself out of doors. That is where I felt the most comfortable and in tune with the natural spirits evident in all things.”

When he wasn’t camping with his grandfather or hunting in the woods near his boyhood home outside Stilwell, Oklahoma, Donald remembers painting. “I didn’t fit in too well at school, the one art class I took, I flunked. I always thought education got in the way of learning. I was much more interested in the teachings of the holy man for my clan and in the survival and herb skills my grandparents taught me.”

Combining his love for art and his Cherokee heritage, Donald is able to create moving images that speak of the Indian way of life and capture the hearts of art collectors worldwide. He is recognized for his haunting images of his people’s heritage, especially his portrayal of the Trail of Tears. He was proclaimed “one of the best known Indian artists of the 20th century” by the Cherokee National Historical Society. The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian honored him with their top painting award for watercolor medium. He has also won first place ribbons in juried competitions at Oklahoma’s Red Earth Exhibit, Colorado Indian Market and National American Indian Arts Exposition.

More than 50 different editions of his signed and numbered prints are now collectors items. He has taken top honors at shows from Texas to Ohio, and Minnesota to North Carolina. Yet, it is the public’s acceptance is what matters most to Donald.

“Through my images,” Donald says when asked of his success, “I hope people will be inspired to learn more about the customs and values of America’s native people. Our traditions teach many things that can help all people. In today’s fast-paced world, it is too easy to get cut off from one’s heritage and lose sight of the things that are truly important. If I can make people see with their hearts instead of their eyes, then my art has spoken. Then I have succeeded.” http://www.donaldvann.com/

An Evening Eddy Lawrence on “Make No Bones About It

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.



An Evening with Brian Larney-Choctaw/Seminole Artist 9-12-2010

An Evening with Brian Larney-Choctaw/Seminole Artist.

Original creations by Brian Larney are rare archival illustrations from the past and rich culture of the Choctaw and Seminole nations. His visuals present a contemporary style of his heritage and maintains the period’s cultural accuracy. Brian honors his tribal heritage by doing Southeastern Art and signs his artwork with his tribal family name of five generations. His artist signature YA-HV-LA NE means Yellow-Wolf in Seminole. …Brian has served as an art instructor for special programs sponsored by various organizations such as the Texas Commission of the Arts, the American Indian Education Program of Dallas Public Schools in Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Bathhouse Cultural Center. From 1995- 1998, Brian received grants from the Neighborhood Touring Program (funded by the City of Dallas’ Cultural Affairs Program) to teach tribal heritage art to children throughout the City of Dallas. In 1993, Brian designed a program cover for the Human Rights Cover Expo for the City of Dallas S.M.U. Chapter/Amnesty International of the United Nations and art exhibition, Art exhibition at the G.T.E.’s World Headquarters’ in Los Colinas, Texas; art exhibit at the International Museum of Cultures. He presented a lecture and art exhibit for the Black History Program for the Human Resource and Service Administration’s office in Dallas. His artwork was showcased in Multicultural art exhibit at the Federal Bank of Dallas. His paintings hang at the Family Place in Dallas, the Mississippi Choctaw Museum in Choctaw, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Choctaw’s Nation’s Capitol Museum and Oklahoma Choctaw Nation Headquarters, The Silver Sun Gallery in Atlanta. The Seminole Nation Museum in Oklahoma and the Seminole Okalee Indian Village & Museum in Hollywood, Florida. He exhibited in a citywide art tour throughout Dallas, showcased artwork for the 32nd Annual Dallas All-sport Association Banquet, and lectured at the American- Indian Education Program night school. Calendar Signing for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s national conference in Houston. He has taught art classes and lectured about his artwork at several Dallas Public Schools to break stereotypes about American Indians and bring cultural awareness to the future. H.O.P.E. and the on an artist panel MAC Gallery to discuss the topic “The Melting Pot. Does it work or not?

Latest Accomplishments:
Dallas Arts Gala / Art Exhibit
2004 Red Earth Art Market / Contemporary Art Merit Award
Showcase Ice House / One Man Art Show
Painting /Florida Seminole Commemorative Issue Hard Rock Casino opening
15th Annual Dallas American Indian Art Market
American Indian Film Festival – Festival apparel designs
Featured Artist at the Eastfield College – Dallas
Featured Artist at the 14th Annual American Indian Art Market – Dallas
Joint venture with U.S. Lacrosse to carry stickball lithographs – Baltimore
American Indian Film Institute 27th Festival Poster – San Francisco
American Indian Art Market – Tulsa
American Indian Film Institute 26th Festival Poster – San Francisco
20th Anniversary :: Bathhouse Cultural Center art exhibition
Seminole Tribe of Florida’s: Festival art exhibit
Seminole Tribe of Florida’s: Housing Dept. – Annual Conference Painting
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale: Six Art Exhibitions –
Experiment 0.1 /0.2 /0.3 /0.4 / U.N.I.T.Y. and Door to the World
Experiment Visual installation-art exhibition-Void Gallery-New York
Art mural for Bob Marley Festival//Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale-Miami
Painting for “SAFARI” co. collateral campaign cover-Fort Lauderdale
Seminole Tribe of Florida – Big Cypress- 8 original Seminole clan paintings
Ancient folklore Latin storytelling paintings for a “Aboard” in-flight magazine in Miami that service air flights to Latin America

Seminole Museum Signature Series
One Man Art Show/Best of Show/1st Place
Five Civilized Tribes Museum
1st Place/2nd Place
Red Earth
1st place, 2nd Place
Festival of Art
Featured Artist/Governor’s Award/1st Place/3rd Place
GTE World Headquarters
One Man Art Show
Eagledancer Gallery
One Man Art Show
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Featured Artist


An Evening with Charleen Touchette -“Messages from the Earth”

An Evening with Charleen Touchette -“Messages from the Earth”


Charleen Touchette is an artist, author, activist and mother of four living in the mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is the New Mexico Coordinator of Martin Luther King III’s Realizing the Dream Initiative. She was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1954 and authored t…he award-winning It Stops with Me: Memoir of a Canuck Girl, and NDN Art: Contemporary Native American Art. Charleen was awarded the Women’s Caucus for Art President’s Award in 1998. She is Québècois, Acadian and Métis of mixed blood French and Canadian First Nation ancestry and grew up bilingual in French and English. Charleen writes on the arts, handwork, sustainability, indigenous thinking, healing and nurturing creativity at OneEarthBlogblogspot.com. She is a staff writer for EcoHearth.com where you can find her “Messages from the Earth” Eco Blog, articles for Eco Zine and Eco Op-Ed pieces

Make No Bones About It Evening with Andy Mason

Make No Bones About It Evening with Andy Mason-Sunday, March 7th, 2010 at 5pm

Andy Mason is an award-winning First Nations (Upper Cayuga/Mohawk) singer/songwriter/actor and multi-instrumentalist, with over twenty years on stage as a musician or actor. His unique style and voice has won a few accolades, and continues to win over fans.

He has maintained that he remembers singing before talking; listening to the radio as a small child, by six he learned to imitate the voices of the singers of his favorite songs. In a family of musicians (his late mother, his sister, and three older brothers who all played music), Andy was always more interested in music and the stage than most anything else. By age seven, he taught himself to play drums and percussion. He sang in choirs, and tried acting too, landing a small part in an ‘operetta’, where people immediately recognized his potential.

In 1979, he was invited to play for his high school assembly. It was a turning point for him; while teaching himself songs by Supertramp and Stevie Wonder, two of his many influences then, one of his older brothers lent him a Rickenbacker electric guitar which he took home to teach himself. Within a few months, he was playing original and cover songs on stage, both on piano and guitar, to standing ovations for his high school in Smithville, Ontario. He moved to Toronto in 1983, with 15 dollars and a beat-up SilverTone guitar, and pursued a career in both music and acting. He was soon introduced to musicians/actors David Campbell, Don Francks, Gary Farmer, Graham Greene, a then-seventeen-year old Eric schweig, and Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman. He became a regular peformer at the first all-Native run coffee house in Toronto, The Native Expressions Night, at the Trojan Horse Cafe on Danforth.

Within a year, on the urging of his father, the late James E. Mason, OMC, he was accepted into K.Y.T.E.S., a unique ensemble community theater group, who took youth from the streets and taught them job skills, confidence and theater skills. The troupe toured Canada in ’85, and was the subject of a Sunrise Films Documentary, directed by Deepa Mehta, and featured music by Andy and his sister Corine.

At a coffeehouse beside the legendary El Mocambo, in front of peers and family in 1986, he was given the name Kahn-tah-wi-wim’-tchi-get, which in Anishinabe(Ojibway) means, “He who makes Beautiful Music”, or simply, “Beautiful Music Maker”. While doing theater and busking around Toronto, he met others busking on Yonge Street, and they formed a band called 4 Way Street, covering the songs of CSNY. (Andy was always a fan of Neil Young; when he was given his Ojibway name, he was learning songs from “Rust Never Sleeps”). They relocated to the Ottawa and Kingston area, and toured around Canada from ’88 to ’95, opening for many major acts along the way. CSN had even heard of them; Andy met them at their show in ’89 at the NAC in Ottawa. Crosby and Nash reportedly liked their sound. The late great Jeff Healey jumped onstage to perform CSNY songs with them at the Penguin Club, Canada Day 1993. In late summer 1995 one member, John Law, had met Michelle Chiasson, at a show in Delta, where 4 Way Street played an outdoor party for the carnies. Soon after, John and Michelle left Ontario behind, got married, and became award-winning singer/songwriter duo “The Laws” (http://www.reverbnation.com/thelaws). After John’s departure, Andy went on his own, playing solo shows as well as with other bands, and helped others develop their craft.

In 1994, Andy won “Adult Male Vocal Performer” on local Ottawa program “HomeGrown Gafe”, on CJOH-TV, one of the first performers to play his own original compositions on that show. He also fought for buskers’ right to play and busk in Ottawa in the early 90s’; many buskers at the time were harassed by authorities for playing on the street and the Byward Market. Soon after, that changed somewhat due to Andy’s and others’ efforts.

He moved to the Lower Mainland of B.C. in ’98; relocated Ottawa musician David Roy Parsons (http://www.myspace.com/davidroyparsons) encouraged and helped him to put together an album of songs he had been writing since his coffeehouse days. The result was “Long Walk 49”; the title song written in the KYTES days, one of the featured songs in the Sunrise Films documentary.

The late songwriter and friend of Andy’s and John Laws’, Ed Daley, once called Andy ‘the most versatile voice to come out of Ottawa in years’. Brian Rading from the Five Man Electrical Band, who played shows with 4 Way Street, and who played with Andy for his last solo show in Ottawa before Andy moved to British Columbia, encouraged and assisted Andy with his songwriting. John Law once told someone that Andy was ‘the Harmony Master’, quite the compliment, as both John and Michelle Law are accomplished harmony singers. He played mandolin, harmonica and banjo and sang backup vocals for Joey Only on his debut CD (http://www.myspace.com/xjoeyonlyx), as well as several David Roy Parsons’ recordings. He shared a win with Star Nayea at the Native-E Music Awards in Albequerque, New Mexico in 2008, in the “Mainstream Song of the Year” category, for his song “The Battle Raging”.

Over the years, he has acted on stage and screen, and has done occasional extra work in movies and television, and continued playing music with various others. In 2002, he teamed up with guitarist/music producer Michael Arthur Tait(http://www.e-balance.ca/stringbenderproductions/testimonials.html, http://www.myspace.com/mikeguitarstringbender) and they formed ‘Andy and the Tricksters’, playing both Andy’s and Mike’s original music, opening for Native acts such as George Leach and RedBone for crowds of up to 10000. He has also shared the stage with the late Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Joanne Shenandoah, Willie Dunn, and Keith Secola. He has taken part in powwows as well, either as a powwow singer or playing his own music.

He relocated to Ottawa in the summer of 2009, to begin new projects, and still occasionally plays with “4 Way Street”, and old-time rock and roll cover band “Lightning”. He continues to pursue his many interests.


Join Raven and his guest Lori Boess, on 2-7-2010 at 5pm on “Make No Bones About It”.

Join Raven and his guest Lori Boess, on 2-7-2010 at 5pm on “Make No Bones About It”. Tune in to  KAOS 89.3 FM  dial or via the world wide web at http://www.kaosradio.org

Lori Boess, was raised here in the Northwest  in  Olympia  area where it has been here home for over 16 years. She is an artist of focusing on her Cherokee tradition. She create drums, rattles, fans, and other art. Lori  also participate in local festivals, pow wows, and other ceremonial gatherings.  You can visit her website to look at her  art www.medicinedogdrum.com or contact her at (360)280-2117. She teaches people to make drums in the ceremonial way, taught to her by GrandMother Berniece Falling Leaves.

Honoring her  teacher

Reverend Berniece Falling Leaves, is a third generation meta-physician who received most of her early training from her Grandmother, and from growing up in a Spiritualist Church. She is a Metis, half Lakota Sioux and half Danish, who received training from many Native Americans of different Tribes, Bands, and Nations. She is also guided by her Non-Physical Spiritual Teachers.  She has been actively working and teaching for more than 60 years.

 Learn more about Lori on Make No Bones About It.  Tune in 2-7-2010 at 5pm!

Evening with Roderick Harris

Join Raven and his guest Roderick Jimmy, of the Nooksack Tribe, has been performing and composing since childhood. Roderick’s mother, Vera Harris, her native name being Sotia, had a profound influence on Roderick’s musical development. His first CD, entitled: Sotia’s Love, was released in 2002. Roderick is also a classically trained pianist and has performed in numerous venues, including the Seattle Opera House. Roderick is one of the most talented Native American wood flute players in the Northwest. His style encompasses a range of music from Native American, Church, chants, to more contemporary sounds. Currently, he is working on his second CD, Yellow Cedars Pride and Joy, which will be dedicated to his father, Tom Harris. In his free time, Roderick teaches moccasin making.