About Art Durand
Songs Come Down
Art Durand has always maintained an honorable reputation in the Native American music community.
It is a privilege for us to highlight some of Art’s biographical information.
For over thirty years Art has performed for audiences large and small in the seven western states.
In 1986-87 Art hosted the White Mouse Radio Hour on Radio station KKUP fm in Cupertino CA.
1999-2004 Art hosted the two hour weekly radio program “Turtle Island” on KZSC fm, in Santa Cruz CA.
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BEARS PUBLIC INTRODUCTION
My name is Art Durand. Arthur, in Middle English means Warrior King. In Ancient Welch Arthur translates as “The Great Bear” Referring to the Big Dipper, those seven stars we see in the night sky. Twenty two years ago an Inupiat man gave me the name “Nanalq” White Bear and I am known by that name also.
I am an urban Indian, raised two generations and a thousand miles from my homeland.
My grandfathers Christian name was George Durand. I never learned his real name.
I left the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1979 with a back pack, seven dollars and change and an Appalachian Folk Dulcimer. I traveled the seven western states for eighteen years. Wherever I stopped, I fell in with Indigenous people who treated me most kindly.
“We have to stop with the idea of creating peace on earth and begin with creating peace with Mother Earth. We’ve tried the first alternative for thousands of years, but look where that has led us, now is the time of the Original Ways, the Native ways, after all … it is coming this way – that we all must make peace with Mother Earth – there is no more altering the native way.”
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY – Pacifica Radio. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.” One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”
Politics for the Lakota is spiritual and is not separate from the rest of life.
Tiokasin has had a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with Mother Earth.
He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Cheyenne River Lakota Reservations, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.”
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is also a master musician and one of the great exponents of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute, and plays traditional and contemporary music, using both Indigenous and European instruments. He has been a major figure in preserving and reviving the cedar wood flute tradition and has combined “spoken word” and music in performances since childhood. Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the United Nations as well as at numerous universities and concert venues.
His words of Indigenous insight and global concern are offered though the experience of “one Lakota living in one world”.
~ Mitakuye Oyasin