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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


August 25, 2001 - Issue 43


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And The Nominees Are.....


Vote Now for the 2001 Native American Music Awards


We would like to inform you that it is time once again to CAST YOUR VOTE for the 2001 Native American Music Awards.

This year the voting and ballot is a little different than years past. We just voted and the procedure is actually very simple, and takes approximately 20 minutes or so. You can even listen to samples of music of the Nominees if you want. Just click on to, once you get there, go to VOTE. There you will find a short instructional note and procedure to be able to cast your ballot.

This year the awards show will be held at the new Sandia Casino, New Mexico on Saturday, October 20, 2001. All the information is on the NAMMY WEBSITE.

So, at your first opportunity cast your ballot and enjoy the new NAMMY’S WEBSITE, listen to music, view some photos of past shows, sign their Guestbook and we will look for you later on this year at the 4th Annual Native American Music Awards.

Spread the word to vote, its fun!!!! And Good Luck to all of this year’s Nominees for 2001

You can become involved with the NAMA's by casting your vote.


List of Nominees

Artist of the Year

  • Joseph Fire Crow "Cheyenne Nation" (Makoche')
  • Joanne Shenandoah "Peacemaker's Journey" (Silver Wave
  • Keith Secola "Homeland" (Akina)
  • Mishi Donovan "Journey Home" (Arbor)
  • Robert Mirabal "Music From A Painted Cave" (Silver Wave)

Record of the Year

  • "Circle" Indigenous (Pachyderm)
  • "In A Distant Place" Nakai, Eaton, Clipman & Khechog (Canyon)
  • "Music From A Painted Cave" Robert Mirabal (Silver Wave)
  • "Peacemaker's Journey" Joanne Shenadoah (Silver Wave)
  • "The Heron Smiled" Annie Humphrey (Makoche')

Best Blues Recording

  • "Cheyenne Blues Revisited" Gary Small Band (Medicine Tail/Akina)
  • "Circle" Indigenous (Pachyderm)
  • "I'm The Wolf" Jimmy Wolf (Red Reverend)
  • "My Love Is Dangerous" Butch Mudbone & the Wolfpack (Quecabee)
  • "See You At The Knee" Tony Palmer & The Breeds (Oyate)

Best Compilation Recording

  • "Emerging Power" Aikman & Brotzman,Producers (Red Feather)
  • "Naturally Native Soundtrack" James Marienthal, Producer (Silver Wave)
  • "Prayer For Peace" James Marienthal, Producer (Silver Wave)
  • "The Whispering Tree" David Swenson, Producer (Makoche')
  • "Y2K - Gathering of Nations Pow Wow" GON Ltd., Producer (GON)

Debut Artist/Group of the Year

  • Charles Littleleaf "Ancient Reflections" (Redwood)
  • Delphine Tsinajinnie "Mother's Word (Canyon)
  • Lawrence Laughing "Now Our Minds Are One" (Silver Wave)
  • Laura Satterfield "Dirty Velvet Lie" (Triloka)
  • Thunder Hawk Singers "Native Pride" (Spirit Wind)

Best Female Artist

  • Annie Humphrey "The Heron Smiled" (Makoche')
  • Arigon Starr "Wind-Up" (Wacky)
  • Delphine Tsinajinnie "Mother's Word (Canyon)
  • Karen Therese "Heart of the Wolf" (Red Feather)
  • Radmilla Cody "Within The Four Directions" (Cool Runnings)

Best Folk or Country Artist

  • "The Heron Smiled" Annie Humphrey (Makoche')
  • "Hopes and Dreams" Howard Lyons (Skydome)
  • "Buffalo Republic" Jack Gladstone (Hawkstone)
  • "I Never Gave Up Hope" Lorrie Church (Eagle Hill)
  • "Rise Above My Enemy" Thunderbird Sisters (TBS)

Flutist of the Year

  • Golana' "Feather on the Wind" (Oginali)
  • Joseph Fire Crow "Cheyenne Nation" (Makoche')
  • Nichole LaRoche "Passion Spirit" (Soar)
  • R. Carlos Nakai "Ancient Future" (Canyon)
  • Robert Tree Cody "Crossroads" (Canyon)

Duo/Group of the Year

  • Clan/destine "Amajacoustic" (Rezdawgs)
  • Nakai, Eaton, Clipman & Khechog "In A Distant Place" (Canyon)
  • Primeaux & Mike "Evolution" (Canyon)
  • Tree Cody & Quilas Yxayotl "Crossroads" (Canyon)
  • Walela "Unbearable Love" (Triloka)

Best Historical Recording

  • "Buffalo Republic" Jack Gladstone (Hawkstone)
  • "Cherish The Children" Travis Harden & The Feather Necklace Singers (Medicine Wheel)
  • "Gathering; Native Alaskan Music & Words" Various (Nightwork)
  • "Veterans Songs" Lakota Thunder (Makoche')
  • "Within The Four Directions" Radmilla Cody (Cool Runnings).

Best Independent Recording

  • "Bluewater" Bluewater (Two Keys)
  • "People of the Red Man" Qua-ti-si (Shadagea)
  • "Somewhere In A Dream" Star Nayea (Tumbleweed)
  • "Thunder Beings" Wakinyan
  • "Wiseman" Carlos Reynosa (Sacred Circle)

Best Instrumental Recording

  • "In A Distant Place" Nakai, Eaton, Clipman & Khechog (Canyon)
  • "In The Spirit" Great Mystery (Sacred Mountain)
  • "Homeland" Keith Secola (Akina)
  • "Sunset To Sunrise" Desert Horizon (Canyon)
  • "Center of the Universe" Tsa'ne Do'se (Sacred Cedar)

Best Male Artist

  • Edmund Bull "Indian Boy" (Turtle Island)
  • Golana' "Feather on the Wind" (Oginali)
  • Jay Begaye "Round Dance In Beauty" (Canyon)
  • R. Carlos Nakai "Ancient Future" (Canyon)
  • Robert Tree Cody "Crossroads" (Canyon)

Best New Age Recording

  • "Ancient Future" R. Carlos Nakai Quartet (Canyon)
  • "Crossroads" Robert Tree Cody & Xavier Quilas Yxayotl (Canyon)
  • "Heart of the Wolf" Karen Therese (Red Feather)
  • "Music From A Painted Cave" Robert Mirabal (Silver Wave)
  • "Peacemaker's Journey" Joanne Shenandoah (Silver Wave)

Best Pop/Rock Recording

  • "Amajacoustic" Clan/destine (Rezdawgs)
  • "Awake" Nadjiwan (Heading North Music)
  • "More Than Life" Jana (Curb)
  • "On and On" Eagle & Hawk (Sunshine)
  • "Wind-Up" Arigon Starr (Wacky)

Best Pow Wow Recording

  • "Ain't Nothin' But A 'E' Thang" Eyabay (Sunshine)
  • "Live From Tornado Alley!" Tha Tribe (Canyon)
  • "Pikuni Style" Kicking Women Singers (Canyon)
  • "Rockin The Rez" Northern Cree (Canyon)
  • "Veterans Songs" Lakota Thunder (Makoche')

Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording

  • "Spirit Warrior" Shadowyze (Warrior/Soar)
  • "Strictly Native" Rollin' Fox (Strictly Native)
  • "Sub-Verses" Aztlan Underground (D3)
  • "The Red Ryders Vol II" Various (Red Vinyl)
  • "The Relentless Warrior" Chief Rock (Chiefrock)

Best Producer

  • David Chamberlin "Feather On The Wind" (Oginali)
  • Doyle Bramall "Circle" (Pachyderm)
  • Eddie Weber "Within The Four Directions" (Cool Runnings)
  • Robert Doyle & Art Tafoya "Crossroads" (Canyon)
  • Tom Wasinger "Peacemaker's Journey" (Silver Wave)

Best Short & Long Form Video

  • "Black Indians: An American Story" Neville Brothers (Rich-Heape)
  • "Earthlodge" Keith Bear (Makoche')
  • "Gathering of Nations 2000" Various (Fox/KASA)
  • "Lay Your Burden Down" Tiger Tiger (Stinger Hopanke)
  • "Without Reservation" XIT (Red Crow)

Songwriter of the Year

  • Annie Humphrey "The Heron Smiled" (Makoche')
  • Arigon Starr "Wind-Up" (Wacky)
  • Joanne Shenandoah "Peacemaker's Journey" (Silver Wave)
  • Mato Nanji "Circle" (Pachyderm)
  • Robert Mirabal "Music From A Painted Cave" (Silver Wave)

Song/Single of the Year

  • 'Dreamcatcher' Donna Summer (Silver Wave)
  • 'Hiatus of the Heart' Janice Marie (Tastebuds)
  • 'Junior Frybread' Arigon Starr (Wacky)
  • 'Last Night By The River' Connie Dover (Taylor Park)
  • 'Me & Bobby McGee' Dalaine & Fred Whiteface (Fabulous)

Best Spoken Word Recording

  • "Cherish The Children” Travis Harden (Medicine Wheel)
  • "Granpa Sings - Alone's Favorite Tales" Duncan Sings Alone (Chrysalis)
  • "Tales of Wonder" Gregg Howard (Rich-Heape)
  • "The Whispering Tree" Trudell, Humphrey & Friends (Makoche')
  • “Native American Songs As Told by Wolfsong” Wolfsong (Wolfsong Prod)

Best Traditional Recording

  • "Earthlodge" Keith Bear (Makoche')
  • "Evolution" Primeaux & Mike (Canyon)
  • "Mother's Word Delphine Tsinajinnie (Canyon)
  • "Round Dance In Beauty" Jay Begaye (Canyon)
  • "Traditional Navajo Songs" Monument Valley Singers (Canyon)

Best World Music Recording

  • "The Sounds of Reality" Casper Loma-da-wa (Third Mesa)
  • "Compilation" Yarina (Yari)
  • "Pharaohs" Gale Revilla (Morning Star)
  • "Rise Again Truth" Tchiya Amet (Milky Way)
  • "Verses" Pamyua (Arctic Voice)

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