Very excited to be visiting with Christopher James Rowland, Ma’heonehoo’estse (“Man of the Holy Place”). Ma’heonehoo’estse is a renowned multi-media artist from the Northern Cheyenne Nation (Suhteao’o and Tsistsistas). Bio: https://www.christopherjamesrowland.com/bio
Her Bio: “She gives me hope for the future of jazz.” – Judy Carmichael, NPR “Her voice is of another era. One of the only jazz songbirds in Indian Country.” – Revolutions per Minute Julia Keefe (Nez Perce) is a nationally acclaimed Native American jazz vocalist, actor, activist, and educator currently based in New York City. Her professional career has spanned over 15 years and she has headlined marquee events at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., NMAI-NY, as well as opened for the likes of 20-time GRAMMY Award recipient Tony Bennet and 4-time GRAMMY Award winner Esperanza Spalding. Her life’s work is the revival and honoring of the legendary Coeur d’Alene jazz musician Mildred Bailey and is leading the campaign for Bailey’s induction into the Jazz Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center. Julia grew up in Kamiah, ID on her tribe’s reservation before moving to Spokane, WA. It was in Spokane that she began studying music and competing at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival each year. In 2007, she won Outstanding Vocal Soloist in the alto division at the festival. She earned her bachelor’s in music from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2012, graduating with honors. She taught jazz voice at Gonzaga University and was a guest clinician at North Idaho college at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival before deciding to relocate to New York City. She earned her master’s in music from Manhattan School of music in 2019, under the tutelage of Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Jo Lawry, Stefon Harris, and Phil Markowitz. Julia also has a passion for Indigenous film and was a featured artist in Sterlin Harjo’s critically acclaimed documentary, Love and Fury. Her first feature film, Virginia Minnesota, was the closing feature at the Catalina Film Festival in 2018. She is the Executive Director of the Board for One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, an annual non-profit festival in Spokane, showcasing the diversity and vitality of contemporary Native art in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Julia’s recent recording, Nobody Else But Me, was released to glowing reviews. In addition to rehearsing for an upcoming album, she is currently working with Delbert Anderson, Mali Obomsawin, Nicholas Lucero, Nokosee Fields, and the Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest on a new project titled Welcome to Indian Country, a celebration of Native culture through seven songs and seven stories. Julia has performed with world-class musicians including Jim McNeely, Emmet Cohen, Billy Test, Dan Hearle, Andreas Oberg, Bob Bowman, Clipper Anderson, Jack Mouse, the Lionel Hampton Big Band, among many others.
Here’s wishing you all a better 2021. Stay close to the earth. Chose Earth. All of our loyalty should be to the earth. Have a great winter! Be safe and be well and as they say wear your mask, wash your hands, and think your way through. Many blessings!
Erica Tremblay is an Indigenous filmmaker and member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma. Her projects have screened at 60+ film festivals and her work has been featured on CNN and the Independent Film Channel. Erica’s films explore topics including violence against Indigenous women, restorative justice and issues impacting the two-spirit community. She has worked with many grassroots organizations,
including the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition and the Monument Quilt Project. Erica was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Native American and received a 2018 Sundance Native Lab Fellowship for her short film, “Little Chief”. She is currently studying her Indigenous language on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario.
I am C. Wade Greene, traditional name TEW*HEW*HA*AHTSEE. I am from the village of wa’atch, one of the 5 villages of makah. My father’s father’s father come from here. I come from a line of singers and speakers and MC’s. My mother’s family comes from ba’adah another one of makahs 5 villages. I began as a Carver. Masks, paddles rattles and ceremonial headdress masks. In 2002 i began 2 dimensional work and began a company NATIVES WEAR, silk screened clothing with native designs. At the same time i started working with silver gold and copper. I have made vests, dance shawls and traditional dance gear. Made huge murals and carved totem poles as well as tiny masks and mini pieces. Even as an instructor i have never stopped being a student. Learning never ceases.
Paul Chiyokten Wagner is an internationally performing presenter of traditional songs and stories of his Coast Salish tribal ancestors. Che oke ten is a member of the Wsaanich (Saanich) Tribe of southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
As a Dakota (Sioux), originally stolen from her People at the age of 5, Barbara Elk has sought to find the Truth of who she is, who her People are and seek out others who have also endured and survived the infamous Canadian 60s Scoop Program.
Despite a tumultuous childhood of foster homes, a children’s home and two failed adoption homes, she has raised two children, became a writer and a successful model and spokesperson.
Today, she resides in Florida with her husband, Jon and is close to her adult children, Samantha and Jack. She keeps herself connected to the Indigenous community by participating in the yearly Florida Indian Youth Program, an intensive two-week camp program for teens who participate in scholastic, cultural and social events all designed to introduce them to higher education.
Sam is an amateur writer, blogger, Youtuber and new to the podcast world. From the Philadelphia area, to the Evergreen State and now to Florida, Sam is fully aware of how culturally diverse this country is with so many interesting individuals who have their own stories to share and tell.
Sam took a three year break from college to figure out life but will be returning this coming Spring. In the meantime, starting a show with her mother seemed like a good opportunity for the both of them to get more connected with other Indigenous folks and document the issues facing our communities.
Welcome! It is an honor to contribute and give another voice to the “The First Peoples” of our world.
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"I appreciate your work in giving voice to our peoples. Blessings to you." Grandmother Mona Polacca
Quote of the Month
Yes, our life energy must be a gift for our future. Your life, my life, everybody’s life must follow your given path. So pray or meditate. Follow your inner path and learn just how powerful you are and learn that you are a leader for your people, your family, your children, and the Mother Earth.
-Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota
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