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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 20, 2001 - Issue 47


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 Cherish the Children Nominated for Native American Music Award


 by Vicki Lockard from an interview with Mitchell Zephier

"Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children." Tatanka Iyotanka (Sitting Bull)

Getting nominated for a Native American Music Award is exciting. Being able to attend the awards ceremony is just about as good as it gets. Getting nominated for a Native American Music Award and attending the ceremony when you're in Jr. High School is amazing!!!

Travis Harden and the Feather Necklace Singers have had quite a year. Their CD, Cherish the Children, was released in the summer of 2000. Since then, their lives have changed in ways that they never imagined.

The group received a grant from the Billy Mills Running Strong Foundation that allowed them to take their music to others. They have been host drum for several pow wows and travel to many area schools which allows them to build a bridge between their Indian culture and the white culture.

Their teaching method is unique because it is a teaching/sharing of culture using nursery rhymes to teach young children Lakota songs. The group is now developing material for their second recording.

This past summer, three of the boys went to Old Lyme, Connecticut to teach at a camp for inner city youth from the New York area. The Feather Necklace Singers held workshops to teach songs and Lakota culture, but they also came home with more understanding of inner city life and with the knowledge that deep inside, all children are very much the same.

Originally picked in four categories; Best Pow Wow Recording, Best Debut Album, Best Historical Album, and Best Spoken Word Album, Cherish the Children is nominated for the Best Spoken Word Album. Travis and three of the boys will be present this Saturday night at the Sandia Pueblo Casino for the award ceremonies.

We, at Canku Ota, wish Travis and the Feather Necklace Singers all the best!!

The Feather Necklace Singers (in order of picture below) are:

Wakinyan Maza (Iron Lighting) Harden, Age 11, Minnecojou Lakota/Hochunk/Ihunktowan; Jeremy White Face, 11, Oglala Lakota; Joe Hawkins, Jr., 14, Oglala Lakota; Yamni Frank Harden, 10, Minnecojou Lakota/Hochunk/Ihunktowan; Sloan Bull Bear, 11, Oglala Lakota; and Jonathan Rasch, 12, Oglala Lakota.

The cover of the CD is an original art of "Sitting Bull With Children" that is used by kind permission of Gwarth-ee-lass, also known as Leonard Peltier.


To learn more about The Feather Necklace Singers click below:
Feather Necklace Singers


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