The last couple of days we have experienced the incredible drumming and dancing at the 60th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow on the Wind River Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. More than 700 dancers and 15 drum groups. Honoured to be here. Check out more powwow pictures.
It was great to visit the Muckleshoot Tribal grounds in Auburn. We were shown around by Norma McCleary whose mother was the last person fluent in their language. There is a language program trying to encourage revitalisation. They also have incredible facilities from an amphitheatre to wonderful powwow grounds for the community – thanks for the warm welcome Kenny and Charlotte Williams. Read More
It was such an honour to be part of a gathering of Celtic and First Nations musicians in Nova Scotia. During the gathering we built a teepee (during which we got eaten by tons of midges!!) on the grounds and enjoyed a very special night with Frank and Josie from the Mi’kmaq people. They led us in a very special ceremony around the fire after which we celebrated with drum, singing and the talking stick was passed around.
2018 has been a difficult year for the local people as the fisheries department had not allowed net fishing due to the extremely low numbers of Chinook Salmon returning to the Stikine river. Fishing is not only the livelihood for this region but has major cultural significance as whole families gather, celebrate and live in communal fishing camps when the salmon are running! Read More
3 years ago we had been invited by Grand Chief Lynda Prince to visit the Tahltan people of Dease Lake in Northern British Columbia. A beautiful remote community that hugs the Stikine Canyon in rugged bear country! Their yearly summer music festival, (a vision of Uncle Willie and Auntie Grace Williams), whose inaugural reconciliatory event had brought together tribes who had had a history of infighting was in it’s 18thyear.
I met Joseph and Martha Manzo in southern California a couple of years ago and since then we have been working together at a few different events. So we are very pleased to announce Joseph’s first EP recording, with funded by Voices from the Nations charity. Digital tracks available now on Bandcamp or CD Baby.
It was wonderful to be back in the beautiful wilderness of northern BC. Here’s a clip on the sad history of residential schools in Canada and the restoration of drum and language happening today, using footage from last years music festival with the Tahltan Nation.
It was an honour to meet Chief Andy Carvill and celebrate with the Tagish First Nation in Carcross, Yukon, as they opened a new learning center and cultural building. A highlight was the Dakhká Khwáan Drum and Dance group.
It was so good to be back with Uncle Willie and Auntie Gracie in Tahltan country (northern BC). This was the second year that we had been invited to take part in their music festival, this time primarily so we could show them the video footage and recordings we had made from the previous year, although I did get a chance to ‘bash some skins’ with a few bands! They were so moved at a private viewing that they decided to show the film on one of the evenings of the festival.
Yesterday we headed up the Fraser river from Vancouver. After recording and filming their music festival in 2016 we are back with the Tahltan people of northern BC. Great to be back in beautiful bear country!