Native Arts
The Origins Of Waila
Saturday, December 19 2009
Written by Jamison Mahto, Spirit Bear Productions,
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The Cisco Band & The Joaquin Brothers: Popular Music of the Natives of Southern Arizona

Tonight I ride with Canyon Records release of The Origins of Waila loaded to the I-pod and itís perfect for the ride through downtown as Hennepin Avenue is an ocean of motion. A river of people on the street looking for the dream that lies hidden in the yearning eyes of the street corner preachers and poets on a Saturday night and Iím riding toward the light of the dance hall for a night full of legendary flirtations and mythical surprise. And I think of Sandy.

All My Relations arts program celebrates tenth anniversary
Sunday, December 06 2009
Written by Circle Staff,
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All My Relations arts program at Ancient Traders Gallery will celebrate its tenth anniversary by mounting a group show that will serve as a kind of reunion. All artists who have shown at the gallery since it opened a decade ago are invited to present self-portraits in a show title Hokah! Ten Years of Art at Ancient Traders. The anniversary exhibit opens December 11, 2009 and runs through January, 30th 2010.

In 1999, Shirlee Stone and the American Indian Neighborhood Development Corporation (now Great Neighborhoods! Develop-ment Corp-oration/GNDC) created the art program at Ancient Traders in order to feature the work of American Indian artists in the heart of the Phillips neighborhood on Franklin Avenue.

Redbone The Essentials
Wednesday, November 04 2009
Written by Jamison Mahto: Reporter/Indigenous,
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CD Review: The Essential Redbone is very essentialIn The News, Indigenous In Music CD Review This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it •  Formed in 1968 in Los Angeles, California, by the brothers Patrick Vasquez (bass and vocals) and Lolly Vasquez (guitar and vocals), the name Redbone itself is a joking reference to a Cajun term for a mixed-race person, the band’s members being of mixed blood ancestry. The band referenced Cajun and New Orleans culture many times in their lyrics and performing style. So you might believe that but as a Native man, I know which bone they were talking about. “Redbone played primarily rock music with R&B, Cajun, Jazz, tribal, and Latin roots . . . Lolly Vasquez was one of the first guitarists to make extensive use of the distinctive Leslie rotating speaker effect in his electric guitar amplification set-up. Vegas played improvised, jazz-influenced guitar.  
Arvel Bird'sThe Tribal Music Suites combines Native and Celtic sounds
Thursday, October 22 2009
Written by Jamison Mahto,
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Arvel Bird – The Tribal Music Suite

Journey of a Paiute 

There are several notable precedents in the field of classical composition. Hietor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Carlos Chavez (b. 1899), George F. Bristow (1825-1895), John Knowles Paine (1839-1906), George W. Chadwick (1854-1931) and Arthur Farwell (1872-1952) who wrote many pieces based on Native American material.

Indigenousí Broken Lands
Friday, July 24 2009
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cd_indigenous.jpgIs knowing youíre an egotistical, arrogant, self-centered, bike ridiní, blues lovin, obsessive compulsive mad man self-deprecation or self-awareness? I am condemned to a sun lit search for legendary,† stopping off at the Spyhouse for a cup of dark roast, the latest Indigenous CD Broken Lands loaded, the bike tuned-up, my heart aching for the freedom of wind and weather.

From the groupís beginning in his parentsí basement through the release of the 2006 Vanguard debut ďChasing the SunĒ, Indigenous was a family band. But after that disc Nanji recruited guitarist Kris Lager, keyboardist Jeremiah Weir, bassist Aaron Wright, and drummer John Fairchild to tour the album. They also appear on Broken Lands, joined by drummer Kirk Stallings, percussionist Chico Perez, and Matoís wife Leah Nanji on backing vocals. Producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, the Eagles) completed the studio team.