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Radmilla Cody

Ryan Little Eagle

Tony Duncan

 


Mitch Walking Elk

Frank Waln & Cody Blackbird

 


Ali Fontaine

Big City Indians

Gary Small & the Coyote Bros

Column Name: Remembering The Great Chiefs
Byline: Joyce Worley

Subhead: An Introduction

Today is the first day of a new feature on NativeRadio.com. This column will present a series of articles about the Great Native American chiefs, their accomplishments and, alas, their sorrows. By this close-up look at the leaders who gave their all to try to save their peoples, I hope we will gain a better understanding of what happened and why, and how these courageous captains struggled against impossible odds.

There are few surprises to be found here, and almost no joy whatsoever. These are stories of sorrow and grief, of betrayal and ordeal beyond decency. You may ask, "Then why should we preserve these sad memories?"

The answers are clear and unequivocal. We must face their challenges, we must know their fear, we must keep forever alive the memory of our past in order to preserve our future. We must not allow our children to forget our Holocaust.

There is no joy in the past, but we can use it to illuminate our futures. We can never undo what happened, we cannot bring back what was lost. But we can raise our tear-stained faces, and feel the warmth of the sun, and use our knowledge of the past to build a better Native America for ourselves. In this third millennium, the past grows ever more remote and difficult to understand, but it is up to us to teach our children how to live with the betrayals and heartbreaks our grandparents knew, and how to bravely seek joy in this new world.

Native Americans must live with the knowledge of what was done to our elders. And, the children of the settlers must live with the knowledge of what their elders did. These are heavy burdens for both, but not yet ready to be laid aside.

The Great Chiefs were mighty men who faced impossible problems. How they dealt with them may provide lessons for a world that offers no compromises.

 

(Joyce Worley is proud of her Cherokee heritage. A well-known journalist and historian from Missouri, Joyce now resides in Nevada.)

Douglas Blue Feather


Douglas Blue Feather has won the 2012 Indian Summer Music Award for "Best Contemporary Instrumental", the 2010 Indian Summer Music Award for “Best Traditional Native American Flute”, (4) Native American Music Awards including “Flutist Of The Year” and “Best New Age CD”, and many others. Douglas often utilizes more modern contemporary instrumentation to accompany the flute. Whether traditional or contemporary in style, Doug's music touches the heart and soul of those drawn to the beauty of the Native American flute.

Tony Duncan & Estun-Bah


Tony Duncan is an established recording artist, and has been nominated for a Native American Music Award. He captures the true essence of Native America with the soft and soothing melodies of the Apache cane flute.

Tony (Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa/Mandan) talks about his music, Hoop Dancing and his family. Tony has a new recording with his group Estun-Bah called "From Where the Sun Rises." He is a four-time World Champion Dancer and is ranked among the top 10 in the world.

Gabriel Ayala


As a member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala strives to share the gift of music with people of all walks of life, particularly Native youth, encouraging them to live their dream.

He is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans performing classical music. An accomplished guitarist with impeccable technique formed by his training as a classical guitarist. His recordings display his expressive powers in the genres of flamenco, traditional Spanish, and jazz plus compelling original compositions

YANAN :: You Are Not Alone Network

YANAN


Many Native American young people today feel as though “nobody cares”, and in that moment may choose to end their own life.

The purpose of the “You Are Not Alone Network” is to intervene, to reach out and say, “we do care!”, and invite them into a circle of family, friends and community. “You Are Not Alone”!

 

Michael Bucher


Michael Bucher is a multi-award winning Cherokee artist who wants his music to heal. If his music helps one person to survive, to heal, or helps them on their way to wellbriety, it is all worth the effort. If it helps one person realize they do have a voice and can help stop the desecration, it did what it was intended. If it helps one person understand everyone of us makes mistakes, but it's never to late to return to our center, and in a good way, enjoy the journey we're on, it is complete.

Skylar Wolf


When I first heard Skylar it was like listening to Steve Ray Vaughn playing the steel slide guitar, with the voice of Joe Cocker. "Shelter" is the first song written and recorded by Skylar. He is known for his singing style as well as his playing style. Skylar Wolf is the real deal and has the most unique sound in all of Indian Country!

This multi-award winning artist says, "They will remember me, I will live forever in my songs because, I am not afraid to sing what they are afraid to say."

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Helm


My friend David TwoHawk Glazier (Apache) is a percussionist in the ensemble group Helm.

Their vision is to play acoustic music reflective of the traditions of the Middle East through classical, folkloric and original compositions. Helm provides music for all to enjoy. For dance artists Helm's unique style works whether you need belly dance music, tribal dance music, tribal fusion or gypsy music (Rom). Our repertoire is far reaching and diverse, providing a rich platform for expression.


Thoughts of Suicide?


If you are in crisis call the Native Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-877-209-1266!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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