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!
We left the Alaskan Highway just south of Toc and travel along a 25-mile dirt road that snakes its way into the bush. We are heading to the Tetlin community, home for 120 Athabaskan people.
So where is Tahltan country, I hear you ask? Its in a remote and beautiful part of northern BC with the north/western border running parallel to the Alaskan/Canadian border, including part of Yukon Territory. The south/eastern border includes the upper Nass tributaries and western half of the Stikine plateau, including the sacred headwaters of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena rivers.
We traveled up from Vancouver, a team representing many different nations, a trailer full of supplies and gifts of food and utilities for the First Nations communities we were going to meet In a car convoy, it took over 18 hours to get to our first stop – Stikine Canyon about 30 mins from Dease Lake BC!
We are enjoying a fish supper at the mouth of the Fraser river in Vancouver – tomorrow we head north as we have been invited on a trip to Northern British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska by Grand Chief Lynda Prince of the Carrier Sekai Nation. Our first stop is at a music festival with the Tahltan people where we will be recording 120 First Nations drums!
A wonderful couple of days recording drums and chanting with Carol Kiger-Rice and Joseph and Martha Manzo. Joseph is from the Pueblo people and Martha is Inuit. We were @ Lower Warehouse studios thanks to my good friend Joel DeWitt who was engineering.
Every recording situation comes with it’s own unique struggles and this time it was discovering how to capture this beautiful drum without some natural squeaks and booms – always a creative process, I learn something new with every experience!