Native Musicians in the Groove
Music is their passion. Follow the journeys of ten talented musicans from Native communities. All of the whether traditional drumming, or mainstream rock, bring their own culture to their music.
From the melodic sounds of a classical guitar or the wailing of an electric guitar to country music and punk rock, these musicians deliver. They offer a wide selection of musical styles as diverse as the music industry itself. Read about the lives of these outstanding performers who represent the fresh new sounds from Native American today.
The music of these talented artists transcends borders and cultures to speak directly to the hearts and minds of listeners. But it was not always easy for them to reach their goals.
- Shane Yellowbird (Cree) - Canadian country recording artist
- Mary Youngblood (Seminole/Aleut) - Flutist
- Blackfire (Navajo) - Punk rock and traditional Dine' (Navajo) music
- Jamie Coon (Creek/Seminole) - Singer/songwriter
- Gabriel Ayala (Pascua Yaqui) - Classical guitarist
- Mato Nanji (Nakota Sioux) - Lead guitarist and singer for Indigenous
- Four Rivers Drum - Vibrant drum group
- Leela Gilday (Dene) - Folk artist
- Michael Bucher (Cherokee) - Composer and vocalist
- Crystal Shawanda (Ojibwe) - Canadian vocalist/songwriter
The Native Trailblazer Series shines a spotlight on the contributions of Native Americans and First Nation Canadians who provide inspirational role models for young readers.
High interest text and easy to read format is ideal for teen and adult literacy programs..
In addition to serving as the executive vice-president and co-owner of Schilling Media, Inc., a Native American media-relations corporation,Vincent Schilling is an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe; an award-winning Native American author, producer and photojournalist; and a public speaker who has traveled throughout the United States and Canada.
"The volume provides a valuable introduction to…[the] works [of these musicians]." -Multicultural Review
"Music is universal and transcends language barriers. From flute music, country music to drumming, American Indian music comes in a variety of styles. This point is illustrated well in Native Musicians in the Groove,." -Levi Rickert / Native News Network
"St. Regis Mohawk music journalist Vincent Schilling is the host of Native Trailblazers—one of the most listened to Indigenous focused radio shows in Indian Country...Native Americans In The Groove, pays homage to the Indigenous musicians he has come in contact with over the years." -Ron Dean Harris / Indigenous Music Culture
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