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Arvel Bird

 

Fans worldwide call legendary violinist Arvel Bird, “Lord of the Strings” for his powerful talent and artistic passion that draws audiences to his unique fiddling style. Classically trained, Bird calls on his Native American and Celtic heritage to create a repertoire that ranges from classical, new age, Celtic, and folk, to jazz, blues and fusion.

Award-winning violinist, flutist and storyteller, Bird’s charismatic performances extend beyond his flawless music. An expressive storyteller, he weaves stories of Native American spirituality with haunting melodies to give vision to his music. He speaks of Native American wisdom, the sacredness of Mother Earth, the environment and the sacred totems of the animals with whom we share this planet.

Bird’s messages resonate with today’s audiences often feeling overwhelmed by today’s hectic, fast-paced world. Bird’s energetic and alluring stage presence and blend of classical and foot-stomping fiddling are what make him one of the most sought-after Native American musicians on tour today. With 25 CDs and 2 DVDs under his belt, Native American Artist of the Year Arvel Bird will be releasing his latest album in January, 2010, Ride, Indian, Ride. His breakthrough album, Ride, Indian, Ride combines a hard-hitting, raw blues/jazz sound with the Native American/Celtic rhythms that have made Arvel Bird’s music so popular worldwide.

Joanne Shenandoah

 

Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time”, Associated Press. She is a Grammy Award winner with 3 Nominations), over 40 music awards(including 14 Native American Music awards) with music ranging from solo to full symphony and 18 recordings. She is a humanitarian, working as a peace advocate, earth justice and has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia.She has received multiple awards and praise for her work to promote universal peace and understanding.She is a direct descendent of the famed “Chief Shenandoah” who is noted to have been given a “Peace Medal” by George Washington and established Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (The Oneida Academy).

Shenandoah is a founding board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge www.hiawatha.syr.edu, a non-profit higher learning educational facility that is based on Iroquois principles. Also in 2014 she served as Co-Chair for the Attorney General’s National Task Force of Children Exposed to Violence for the Department of Justice. Shenandoah has performed for noted leaders such as His Holiness the Dali Lama, Nelson Mandela, Huston Smith, Mikhail Gorbachev, and is celebrated with the honor of  East - West Interfaith Ministry

 

Lucas Ciliberti

HI! My Name Is Lucas Ciliberti. I am 16 yrs old, and my home town is Enid, Oklahoma - but I am now living in Nashville, TN - to pursue my love of Country and Gospel Music. I wouldn't be in Nashville, if it wasn't for my Grandma... She sold a cow, to pay for my trip to the North American Country Music Singers Association International Competition in Pigeon Forge, TN! I made her proud, when I won Vocalist of the Year, Dancer of the Year - for clogging, and Entertainer if the Year! I sang all my songs Acapella - and got a Standing Ovation for "God Bless The USA"! I started singing when I was just 18 months old, and sang "God Bless America" for the very first time - and I've been performing ever since! My favorite way to sing is, acapella, but someday, I would LOVE to have my own Band and tour the world and "Make People Happy" - listening to me sing!! I'm sure you will notice, when you see me, that I have LONG hair... I'm growing it out for "Locks of Love" - in honor of my best friend, that had leukemia - which, Praise GOD - is now in remission. I also have an older brother, Nathan, that has severe Brain Injury, and Autism - so I donate, part of everything I get, to "Autism Speaks". In my spare time, I like to help my Grandma on the farm, go hunting and race my new RC Car... One of my favorite things to do, is DJ for Mickey and Lacie Jay Womack, on VRADIO Nashville. It gives me a chance to meet other singers and musicians, and help them share their music and talent. I hope I get the chance to tell you more about myself - in person - someday...

Mark Barfoot

Native American Indian Folk Artist, Mark Barfoot, is the son of Onondaga & Cherokee parents. Mark performs with flute and gives talks about Native American Drum and its importance in American Indian Culture. He has been making hand, powwow and sweat lodge drums for over 42 years. His drums are build in the traditional way and are made GREEN. NO tree is cut for the purpose of making a drum. Mark conducts hand drum workshops, while teaching the process of building a Native American Indian Drum, he shares his deep knowledge of Indian History & life ways. He is also an accomplished flute maker, handmade jewelry artist, and does antler sculptures. Mark’s work has been sold in the Smithsonian Museum for American Indian Gift Shops and in many private collections across the country, including those of Bill Miller, Rita Coolidge, Shea, Mickey Free, and countless others.  wolfcreekart.com

 

Tlaltlacayolotl ~ Earth, Heart, Man

Tlaltlacayolotl means earth, heart, man. We are descendents of the Aztec Tribe, from the center of Mexico where the Aztecs constructed their empire called Teotihucan. It has been more than 500 years since first european contact. We are a culture that have studied nature and the cosmos for centuries. Our dances reflect the cosmic universe and all that exists within mother earth. Our group is a family of four: father, mother, son, and daughter. Our dances and our culture have been passed down and learned through the generations. Our work is that the cultures of all the indigenous peoples are always together. In that way, we learn more of other cultures and each know of their own beauty. The indigenous world and we wish to teach that still, in this 21st century, one can learn of our culture. We teach the culture of Mexica. We do presentations at festivals, schools, and various events. With pre-hispanic music, pre-hispanic dance and explanations we teach of our culture. The presentations can be from 30 minutes up to 2 hours.

 

James Black Wolf &

Anita Quicksilver Hansen

James Black Wolf Hansen (Norwegian, Eastern Band Cherokee): Teller of Stories & Legend Keeper.

Anita Quicksilver Hansen (Cherokee, Irish, French, Scottish): Cultural Educator, Dancer, Artist

 

 

Kashka LaRue

Without a written language, Indians relied heavily upon the caretaker of legends, or Legend Keeper, to learn what could be learned and passed on about life.  Kashka La Rue is a Legend Keeper. He tells Alaskan legends preserved by his Heritage Foundation. He is an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida tribes of Alaska

 

 

Crystal Woman

Carol Crystal Woman - Artist, Potter, Musician, Song Writer

~O Si Yo~ My Name is Carol, and Crystal Woman is my Ceremonial Name. Crystals have long been used to bring, carry, and enhance sound. This is where my name comes from, and why it was given to me..

My People are the Cherokee. I am a member of the Pan American Indian Association, The American Me'tis Aboriginal Association,Church of the Me'tis Tribe,Inc. U.S./Canada, and the Amonsoquath Cherokee People of Missouri. I am a writer of songs and chants, many are prayers for All People who are walking on our Mother the Earth. We come for the four directions, we are four colors, Red, Yellow, Black, White, and we are Earth's Children.

 

 

Edisto River Singers

Edisto River Singers is a group from the State Recognized Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe of South Carolina. Their goal is to not only preserve the Native American culture but to promote it as well through teaching others the singing techniques. The Edisto River Singers are also active in learning about other traditions of their tribe through travelling to Native American events throughout the United States from Oklahoma, to Michigan, and all along the East Coast. With continued support they are able to continue to set their goals high and achieve them.

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