Native American Songs and Stories
Three Native American tribes come together with sacred music and stories in honor of the Heartbeat of Mother Earth. James Peshlakai (Navajo): Navajo artist, educator and student mentor, James Peshlakai has been nominated twice for the highly acclaimed Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. The nomination came from Navajo students at Northern Arizona University who count Peshlakai’s influence and guidance as part of their success at the university. “My People teach with songs. They go back into the course of the history of the Dine, the stories of the past. That’s how I learned. When I teach, I use the songs that my people have sung.” David Brush (Lakota): Noted pow-wow singer, dancer and renowned native artist, David Brush has traveled the world with the songs of his people. David’s artistry can be found in many significant galleries. Currently David is pursuing his Bachelors of Arts at Arizona State University. He continues the teachings of his people and passes down the traditions to the next generation. Ken Duncan (San Carlos Apache) Taught the traditional songs and stories of the Apache by his grandparents, Ken Duncan continues to share his culture with many people worldwide. Ken is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts; Santa Fe, NM. Ken is an accomplished Storyteller/ Lecturer. He is also a Flute Player and Traditional Apache Craftsman. He was also recently nominated for the prestigious Arizona’s Culture Keepers Award. Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache): Tradition cane flute player in the popular group Estun-bah who has pioneered their soft soulful sound.
As the suns first rays of light, rise from the East. We sing songs of a new day. With the sun in its highest point, we face the South. As we dance in respect for Mother Earth. When the sun sets in the West. We sing prayers and thank the creator for the day’s blessings. Amongst the stars to the North. We dance and sing as brothers, as sisters… as a People. Our songs, our stories, our prayers are still heard. If you listen you can hear them in the wind. You can hear them in the Heartbeat of Mother Earth.
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