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A CELEBRATION OF NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLES
World Artists Experiences, Inc. explores the amazing story of the America’s original inhabitants. America’s first citizens’ vibrant and rich mix of cultures which is highlighted through a series of links which includes some of the most beloved and prominent Native Americans, including musicians Joanne Shenandoah, Mary Youngblood, Jim Miller and R. Carlos Nakai. Our series also features links for the screening of Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner’s epic “500 Nations,” as well as a link of a Native American Drum Circle and Red Crooked Sky Dance company plus a poem by author/poet Simon Ortiz and more. The series celebrates the beauty, richness and diversity of Native American culture, and serves to instill pride in those of native descent.
NATIVE PEOPLE OF MARYLAND
The United States Park Service states that in the last census, more than 40,000 individuals in Maryland identified themselves as being American Indian or part American Indian. While pockets of American Indian tribes and groups cover both the eastern and western shores of Maryland, more than half of the state's native population lives near Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
At least eight known tribes or groups of American Indians are native to the state of Maryland:
There are also members of several tribes who are not native to the state of Maryland. About a third of the 17,000 American Indians living in the Baltimore Area are Lumbee, a tribe with roots in North Carolina.
In 1976, the Maryland General Assembly created the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs (MCIA) to represent and serve the state's native communities. Compromised of commissioners from Maryland tribes, this official statewide agency provides a forum for cooperation and communication within the native population in the state and acts as the liaison between Maryland's natives and the state and federal governments.
Today, the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs serves the afore mentioned Maryland indigenous tribes.
NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE
In Native American cultures, dance is a form of expression and is an important part of Native American culture. Dances tell stories, are used as a medium for prayer and each dance has its own significant meaning in Native American culture. Historically, dancing was a way to promote community interaction. Round dances were a way of introducing guests, tribes, and clans and other types of dance were done to celebrate events such as harvest, seasonal changes, marriages, and inter-tribal meetings.
Native American Dance and Regalia
Hundreds of Native American dances exist and are performed by tribes across the United States. In this link, Russell Harjo, Leya Hale and Jennie Kappenman explore the meaning, history and regalia of three unique Native American dances.
Experience America’s Largest Powwow | Short Film Showcase
Filmmaker Keeley Gould captures contemporary Native American culture at the 31st annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over 700 tribes attend this three-day cultural heritage celebration.
National Geographic Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j1Vt1impIE
RED CROOKED SKY
Red Crooked Sky is a Virginia-Based American Indian Dance Troupe with a mission to connect cultures, educate, and inspire through traditional and contemporary dance. Members are from a variety of tribal affiliations throughout the United States and Canada including Cherokee, Chickahominy, Comanche, Lakota, Menominee, Monacan, Nansemond, Osage, and Saponi.
More information at https://redcrookedsky.wordpress.com/
NATIVE AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE
A Native American Drum Circle symbolizes the heartbeat of the earth. The deep, earthy beat of the drum is at the heart of all music; but in the music of the Native American it is the earth's spirit personified. The resounding rhythm provides the connection between man and nature and nature’s god. The drum to most natives is central to the community or ceremony.
Mother Earth Beat Drum Group
Mother Earth Beat... is a Women's Native American Pow Wow drum that was formed in October 1997. Mother Earth Beat is based in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Mother Earth Beat realizes that Women's Drums are not traditional and don't claim to be traditional. They do, however, strive to keep the traditions alive in their hearts, and to honor their ancestors with their songs. They feel that now, with the new Millenium, our Mother Earth is in dire need of healing, and that is part of the message they hope to bring to the People, as they sing. Also, as an Eastern Woodlands Drum, part of their mission is to keep alive, and teach, the songs of the Eastern Peoples. Many of the Drum members are also members of the Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia.
NATIVE AMERICA’S PREMIER MUSICIANS
Native Americans trace the ultimate origin of their traditional music to the time of creation when specific songs or musical repertories were given to the first people by the Creator and by spirit beings in the mythic past. It plays an integral role in the life of Native Americans. It is used for ceremonial purposes, recreation, expression and healing. Some of the most important elements of their music is the voice, drums, flutes and other percussion instruments.
“Shenandoah has become the most critically acclaimed Native American Singer of her time” – Associated Press
Shenandoah is a multiple award winning Native American composer, vocalist and performer. She is a Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy - Oneida Nation. Her original compositions, combined with a striking voice, enables her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Ms. Shenandoah's music reflects the indigenous philosophy and culture which continues to have a profound effect on the world today. From traditional chants to contemporary ballads about Native ways, her music has been described as an emotional experience, a "Native American Trance"
Joanne Shenandoah, Bill Miller, Mary Youngblood Live from the Archive NAMA3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Kb77w8Nr8
Flutist, R Carlos Nakai
Flutist, Mary Youngblood
Dawn Manyfeathers is a Lenni Lenapi Indian. She is a culture bearer, educator, storyteller and chef.
Cooking Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjHe22YVYU4
Dawn’s Wojape Recipe: Blackberries and Dumplings
o 1 lb. bag of blackberries (no sugar added)
THE LEGEND OF THE THREE SISTERS: