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Archive – Grass Valley Taiko 2017

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FRIDAY & SUNDAY

Workshop on Sunday at 9:00am on the Global Stage

Grass Valley Taiko was established in 2000 by Founder and Artistic Director Mitzi Garnett from a basic one-time workshop that grew into the multiple classes of varied levels that exist now. Mitzi was instrumental in bringing several taiko performances to Grass Valley/Nevada City that has featured Taiko groups from all over California and a vast variety of drummers of many genres.

Grass Valley Taiko hosted Taiko Festival 2005 which celebrated two sold-out shows, annual Taiko Festivals each year since, an annual production that gives 100% of the income to a notable cause, and Taiko Camps 2006, 2008 and 2010 that drew participants from around the world to train with the Masters of North American Taiko.

Mitzi has since returned to Grand Master Tanaka for training and the honors to play Hiryu Sandan Gaishi/Isami Goma and Hachijo, in addition to her training with world renowned Kodo at Sado Island, Japan. Our members now number 50 strong and we seek to attain a greater level of understanding and skill in Taiko and the practice of wadaiko – they way of Taiko.

“Drumming is a core part of all of us, it starts in the womb. We all have our own rhythm. With Taiko, you commit to a path, dedicate to a training, drum to a beat with many hearts; not all who possess a drum can honestly call themselves “Taiko”, but we can all call ourselves drummers. Taiko is so much more. We are practitioners. We are performers. We are dedicated to our tradition and breathe our life into our art form.”

www.grassvalleytaiko.com
https://www.facebook.com/grass.valley.taiko.mitzi?fref=ts

Brian Hartman 2018

Brian Hartman


Friday Late Night Party

 

A leader in the West Coast underground music scene, and a Nevada City, CA resident, Brian is among the most versatile DJs in festival culture. His vibrant sets cultivate distinctly different offerings: he mixes Mid-tempo Intercultural Beats, as well as a variety of Latin, African, and Caribbean World Beat. Hartman distills traditional tones and rhythms, blending treasured songs and melodies, the soundtracks to cultures dating back hundreds of years.

 

He, along with longtime friend & ally Isis Indriya, coproduce HeartBass, a monthly event in Nevada City that has a reputation as one of the most high-vibed underground dance parties on the west coast. The year 2017 saw Brian playing a wide variety of domestic and international gigs, from Envision in Costa Rica, Bali Spirit Festival, Cosmic Convergence in Guatemala, Air Festival on the Gili Islands and New Earth Festival in Indonesia, to the Oregon Eclipse Gathering, Enchanted Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, Bioneers Conference & Imagine Festival to name just a few of his west coast appearances; he has provided direct support for iconic live acts such as Dirtwire, LulaCruza, Beats Antique, Les Nubians, Vieux Farka Toure, members of Rising Appalachia, and many others.

 

Brian was an award winning 8th grade Humanities teacher at the distinguished Nevada City School of the Arts before retiring to focus on his music career full time.

 

www.facebook.com/brianhartman530
www.soundcloud.com/brian-hartman-heartbass

 

Stage Schedule 2018

Stage Schedule






Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram for updates and announcements!

Schedule and lineup are subject to change.

Archive – Buskers 2017

BUSkers at WorldFest

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers. – Wikipedia


RICHARD VAGNER

Richard Vagner is an 18 year old violinist intertwining Classical & Modern music using live looping on a 5-string Electric/ Acoustic instrument. He has been playing the violin since he was 7 years old, and was born and raised in Los Angeles where he began his roots. On his journey he played for a variety of different bands, playing almost every instrument imaginable. He toured the west coast several times, played with various popular artists, and released a song in solidarity with Standing Rock. The song titled “Stand” features many well known artists including Nahko from Nahko & Medicine For The People, 4biddenknowledge, & Xiuhtezcatl of Earth Guardians. As of 2017 he is working on his debut album and co producing Xiuhtezcatl’s album titled “Break Free.”


DAKOTA CRIDER

Dakota Crider started playing guitar when he was 11 years old. A few years later he began writing his own material and had so much fun he simply couldn’t stop creating even if he wanted to. Homegrown from the mountains of Nevada City/Grass Valley California he wandered around learning how to love and laugh as a teenager, making many friends young and old along the way. Inspired by 1960’s psychedelia, the wholesome, heartfelt sounds of folk music and the actualization of higher consciousness he seeks to spread wisdom, peace, and love in every note to all who listen to his music.


JULIET GOBERT & HOMER WILLS

Juliet Gobert (pron. go-bear) is a singer/songwriter of Back Porch Americana and has performed at some of California’s premiere music festivals and venues: World Fest, Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, American River Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Kentucky Mine Music festival, Keystone Palo Alto, Grass Valley Center for the Arts, the historic Nevada Theater, the Auburn Event Center, State Theater Auburn as well as the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering , Heber City Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and the Davis Music Festival.

Juliet performs her original songs in a duo with veteran harmonica player Homer Wills (The Mavericks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt).

Juliet also tours as lead vocalist and guitarist in “The Heifer Belles”, performing her original songs along with Kim Rogers on pedal steel and Karel Hendee on bass. The Belles have played World Fest, Elko Cowboy and Poetry Gathering , Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Festival, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, Davis Music Festival as well as opening for Rita Hosking, the Alvin Brothers and Laurie Lewis.


MIKE SEEBA

Mike Seeba began studying Classical Indian music in 2001, at the age of 28 under the venerated maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. After years of study in the states, in 2006 he devoted the next two years of life to India, in an attempt to understand the culture from which this fascinating music arose. Lost in a whirlwind of folk and popular music, he temporarily set aside his classical training as he was absorbed and in love with India. It was an experience that profoundly changed him.

Since his return to the states, Seeba has been honing and perfecting his blend of musical inspirations, providing an often inaccessible glimpse of ancient songs within the context of modern sensibility. He can be found collaborating with a variety of musicians, styles and venues along the West Coast.


RUCKRICH FAMILY BAND

Steeped in the tradition of music from the hills, the Ruckrich Family Band plays bluegrass as well as original music. It’s hard to believe Django is only 12 years old when you hear his skillful, on-the-fly leads on three instruments – guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He also adds spot-on harmony singing and an occasional vocal lead. 8-year-old Jasmine sings with such power and keeps right in step on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. Dad,Phil, writes music, sometimes co-writing with Django, sings, and plays rhythm guitar. Mom, Brenda backs them up on keyboard and banjo. This family band has played weddings, local festivals, restaurants, opened up for Nanda, and been featured many times on our local radio station KVMR as well as in our local newspaper the Union. The fun this family is having playing music together is infectious.

www.facebook.com/The-Ruckrich-Family-Band-116915498350219


WORLD BEAT PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Featuring Michael DiMartino, Kit Bailey, and special guest Manus of Spearhead
WorldBeat Percussion Ensemble is a collection of two to five musicians. They play traditional rhythms from Brazil, Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East These are all performed on various ethnic instruments including djembe, congas, dumbeque, marimba, flutes, talking drum, balaphone, and didjereedoo. Many of the songs also include vocals, and performances can include dancers and a multimedia presentation.

www.buildmusicianship.org/worldbeat-percussion-ensemble


ART ROCK ENSEMBLE

Composer John Miner may be best known for his rock opera Heavens Cafe, which was staged at the Flamingo Theater in Las Vegas 1996, the Charleston Performing Arts Center in 1997, and later at Insurgo Theater in Los Angeles in 2004. Miner formed the progressive rock group Art Rock Circus to perform the music with a live band on stage alongside the singers and actors. Investor Mike Lewis was instrumental in financing and staging Heavens Cafe. The Tributary Music Label released a live CD of Heavens Cafe to the progressive rock community in 2000.

Musically, Miner is known for his use of several alternate guitar tunings, and this is evident in nearly all his compositions. The use of a double necked guitar has enabled the performer to switch from one tuning to another within the same song in a live situation.

His use of odd time signatures is apparent in the majority of his work as a composer, particularly in Heavens Cafe, in which the majority of the album features unorthodox metering. Other distinct characteristics of the composer include the absence of repeating choruses. Drum and bass parts are usually hinting toward melody, rather than standard rock fare. As a producer, Miner’s analog recording techniques have been the discussion of much debate in the modern digital world.

www.artrockensemble.com/areduo.htm
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Miner
www.artrockensemble.com/


ROBERT HEIRENDT & FRIENDS

Robert Heirendt is a composer, singer/songwriter, and music therapist. He plays the mbira dzavadzimu, a type of kalimba instrument from Zimbabwe. He has studied traditional Zimbabwean trance music for over a decade. Robert released his first solo album Soft Sea Creatures in 2014 and currently plays in the adventurous improvisational ensemble Tumble.

For this performance at California WorldFest, Robert, along with a few of his musical friends, will be playing traditional Zimbabwean mbira music. In Zimbabwe, an mbira piece is made up of a repetitive musical phrase which includes multiple intertwined melodies with syncopated and complex rhythms. When two mbiras are played together, the resultant interlocking parts combine to create a polyrhythmic stew whose whole is way greater than the sum of it’s parts!


www.robertheirendt.com
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-Heirendt-1294436913907199/
https://www.reverbnation.com/tumble2


ANGELIKA

Angelika originally from Germany resides in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Grass Valley California. She composes and records her music at her off the grid home and performs internationally and locally at conferences, seminars, weddings, celebrations, retreats.

Her spiritual search became more urgent and focused through the sudden loss of her beloved partner, witnessing his plane crash in Alaska. In her search Angelika came across the spiritual teachings of the East and was introduced to meditation and sacred chanting at a Yoga retreat at the Ananda Community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There Angelika connected to and started to receive/compose the songs of her own heart and spirit in different languages.

One day, sitting in a flower garden in deep prayer, searching for her unique purpose and direction she asked spirit with the greatest intensity what to do with her life, when a strong, cosmic voice answered: “Healing through music”. No further explanation was offered, so Angelika studied music for the next 2 years. It was fulfilling and enriching to further develop her passion and talent for music, songwriting, arranging and recording. Angelika encourages everyone to keep fanning the sparks of their dreams no matter what the odds, or how much time it takes to realize them and to ask the universe for help, expecting an answer!

Angelika considers it her good Fortune/Karma to have the opportunity to study with some of the great Masters and Saints of our time, Mata Amritanandamayi, Shree Maa, Mother Mira, Amma Karunamayi, Sri Bhagavan/Amma and other beautiful teachers, who have been instrumental in her spiritual growth as well as learning sacred mantras and songs in Sanskrit. Swami Satyananda Saraswati patiently taught her some of the pronunciation and meanings of the ancient songs and scriptures of India and Shree Maa presented her own tamboura as a gift for the journey, which is needless to say Angelika’s favorite instrument. Her spiritual path is one of devotion and acceptance of all religions. In her music she expresses this universal and eclectic quality. All paths lead to the one whole and complete source and ultimate union and ever expanding consciousness.

Website: http://angelikahealingmusic.com/


PRISCILLA & KNOWLEDGE

Priscilla Momah is a soulful song weaver originally from the Twin Cities who cultivates a space for tranquility and Love to be perpetuated through song, art and movement. She is a singer/songwriter/light warrior/ who recently moved back to the Big Island to co-create and share light- hearted conscious music.

www.priscillamomah.com

Knowledge IZ’s sound transcends the norm, making his way to the Big Island of Hawaii from Cincinnati, he brings a message of unity, love, and community uplifting his audience through rhythm and poetry. Connecting generations, he shares authentic roots hip-hop, bridging cultures and building a foundation for growing community.

www.knowledgeiz.com

Jasmine Fuego

JASMINE FUEGO

Plus catch Jasmine emceeing the Meadow Stage every evening this year!

 

Jasmine Fuego is a singer, educator and ARTivist deeply committed to creating art in service to justice, self empowerment and liberation. In 2014, she co-founded the Permaculture Action Network,an organization that bridges art and ecology through action, with a group of community organizers and environmental educators. During the school year she teaches mindfulness & emotional intelligence to youth in Richmond, California with the Mindful Life Project and is a member of the Thrive Choir. Her music uses live vocal looping that seamlessly combines genres to create a unique sound she calls soul-pop.

 

 

Jasmine says, “From the beginning I was always a bridge builder. Being a biracial child raised both in Southern California & North Carolina, I became really good at straddling many worlds. I fell in love with performance and social justice in my grandmother’s living room; memorizing all of the lyrics and dance steps to Michael Jackson songs. The king of Pop deeply influenced my desire to do art as activism.”

 

In 2014, she combined forces with permaculture educators and community organizers to co-found the Permaculture Action Network, which combines ecology and music to build community, spotlight grassroots environmental organizations and shift the dominant entertainment narrative. The Permaculture Action Network has done over 70 Permaculture Action Days with artists and events such as Rising Appalachia, Mr. Lif, Ayla Nereo, The Polish Ambassador, Lightening in a Bottle Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Symbiosis Gathering and many more.

 

Fuego currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area performing music, curating Good Culture, teaching mindfulness to youth in Richmond via the Mindful Life Project, facilitating Regenerative Design trainings nation-wide and singing with the Thrive Choir.

 

www.jasminefuego.com

www.facebook.com/jasmine.saavedra.5

www.instagram.com/jasminefuego

 

Global Indigenous Peoples Village 2018

 

Global Indigenous Peoples Village

 

At WorldFest, it is our mission as a celebration of the World Culture to honor the indigenous peoples of the world and the expansive knowledge and cultural richness that are held within them.

Join us in celebrating the 10th annual Global Indigenous Peoples Village at WorldFest!

 

The Global Indigenous Peoples Village is hosted by a diverse range of Indigenous Peoples including the Indigenous Nisenan People of Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento counties, whose land holds the WorldFest gathering. The Nisenan Tribes will open WorldFest on Thursday evening, with a ceremonial welcoming of all guests of WorldFest on their ancestral homelands.

 

The Global Village holds a diverse variety of Indigenous Artisans, Musicians, Dancers, Wisdom Keepers, and Workshops to honor the past and recognize the indigenous peoples’ invaluable contribution to humanity’s cultural diversity and heritage.

 

During the festival, day break will begin with a ceremonial sun welcoming and continue with community gathering all day long.

 

Stay tuned for scheduling of workshops and presentations within the Global Village, and make sure to check out the schedule of the Global Stage which is dedicated to showcasing Indigenous Peoples music and dance as well as lectures from Elders within the community.

 

It is a honor to receive these teachings and share them with the greater WorldFest community. Join us in the Indigenous Global Peoples Village at the festival this year!

 

Global Indigenous Peoples Village at the California Worldfest

Join us next week, July 12-15, in Grass Valley for the Global Indigenous Peoples Village at the 22nd Annual California WorldFest. Come dance & sing, browse handmade art & crafts, listen to stories, and more. See you there! #MusicConnectsUsAll #caWorldfest

Special thanks to the organizers and staff at the Worldfest for putting on such a great event as well as Mignon Geli and Anna Kastner for their efforts coordinating the Village.

Video filmed & edited by Trenton T Branson.

Posted by Trenton Branson Photography on Thursday, July 6, 2017

 

PERFORMERS

Bear Fox & Kontate’ken’okòn:’a
Feather River Singers
Pamela Ames
Huayllipacha
Indigenous Soul Rising
Kimberly ShiningStar
Little Thunder
Neena McNair Family Drum

Southern California Mexica Dancers
Soul-A-Mente
Wakan Waci Blindman
Eddie Madril
Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu
Sacramento Powwow Dance Group

 

 


Bear Fox & Kontate’ken’okòn:’a

The Ahkwesasne Women Singers were formed in 1999 by four inspired, and inspiring women; Bear Fox, Katsitsionni Fox, Elizabeth Nanitcoke and Iawentas Nanticoke. They were driven by the need to protect and preserve the Kanienkeha (Mohawk Language), traditional Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk People) customs and stories, as well as the oral traditions that are passed down from grandmother to grand-daughter. They believe that songs are the easiest way to pass on language and culture to future generations. Blessed with beautiful singing voices, the women put their talents and their messages together to form a group that would write and perform traditional Kanienkeha:ka songs. Since their inception, the Ahkwesahsne Women Singers have brought their beautiful and powerful music to the community of Ahkwesasne.

 

Members of group are in various stages of life – grandmothers, mothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and cousins. They are teachers, environmental researchers, social workers and students. They take time out of their personal and professional lives to assist their community and volunteer for fundraising activities.

 

Aside from singing Haudenosaunee social songs, some members of Kontiwennenhawi are song writers. They work with Elders and fluent speakers from Ahkwesahsne to ensure the correct usage and spelling of words. The songs contain their own messages that they believe are important for the Mohawk people to know and remember. Their songs honor our Elders, Kanienkehaka teachers, Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, and Grandfather Thunder. Kontiwennenhawi is committed to continuing the traditions of our ancestors and preserving our language and culture through their beautiful songs and inspiring efforts.

BEAR FOX

I always loved music, and I realized later that I had a gift for songwriting around the age of 29. When I look back and think about it, I always had this beautiful gift, but I didn’t realize what I had. I remember when I was riding the bus to school I could hear music coming to me. I look around and there was no radio playing. It was a melody coming that only I could hear. So I would hum the melody I was hearing. As I got older, I first began writing songs that were in Mohawk for our Traditional Women’s singing group called, ‘Kontiwennenhawi’, (Carriers of the Words). In 2001 my family had a house fire. After this house fire, my family was going through tough times trying to pay bills and trying to put money aside to build a house. One day, I got the idea that I should try and write songs in English. I can write songs in Mohawk maybe I can write songs in English too. The first song that I wrote in English was, ‘Broken.’ The second song that came to me to write was called, ‘Rich Girl.’ So, these are the beginnings of songwriting and singing for me. I began making CDs, and it helps to have them to make ends meet.

 

When I write a song, I run it by my family first. I have five children; I have one girl and four boys. My husband is an Iron Worker. I remember when I sang them ‘Rich Girl’ for the first time—my kids loved it. It made my daughter cry. When my husband heard it, he loved it, too. I remember he had me sit in the car with him. He had me practice the song. Over and over he had me sing the song to him. He wanted me to memorize it without using the paper. I must have sung it about 100 times in a row that night…”

 


Feather River Singers

 

“The vocals are powerful, the drumming solid and the melodies, ear-catching. Make no mistake, these ladies can sing!” – Whispering Wind Magazine

 

This women’s Native American group thrills with soulful singing in Cherokee, English and other Native languages. Kathleen Shain, Anna Eyre and Pamela Ames have sung together for 17 plus years.

 

Feather River Singers is a Women’s Drum with exciting energy, a soothing beat and songs in Cherokee and English. Dedicated to preserving native language through songs, all original materials by group members their 2005 debut CD “Daughters of the Earth” by Feather River Singers broke into new musical territory. The group received a nomination in 2006 for Debut Artist of the Year by the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). Current members are Kathleen Shain, Anna Eyre, Pamela Ames, all born in California.

 

www.facebook.com/Feather-River-Singers-144896795603827/

www.store.cdbaby.com/Artist/FeatherRiverSingers


Pamela Ames

 

A powerful voice engages the listener and workshop participants, helping people connect with their inner musician. Her goal is to empower people to experience the joy and healing in music. “Soulful singing” attributed to Pamela Ames, a lead singer for Feather River Singers for over 17 years. Ames is also a singer/songwriter/composer in jazz, Native American Contemporary and electronic music.

 

Workshop: Native Healing Song

 

“When you sing, you pray double.” Teja saying. Come experience singing and drumming Native American songs with Pamela Ames and Feather River Singers members Anna Eyre and Kathleen Shain. The energy and good intentions of Native Song re-energize and uplift. Learn basic pow wow drum protocol at the drum.

 

 


Huayllipacha

 

Huayllipacha (Why-Lee-Pacha) was conceived in 1987 in Peru. It was established in Northern California in 1994 by the Peruvian brothers Salazar Quispe. As a tribute to their culture and with respect for their ancestors, they named their group in the ancient tongue of Inca-Quechua. Meaning “Singing to the Earth,” it is in this spirit that their music is offered.

 

Huayllipacha’s priority is to maintain the traditional Andean Music. They are dedicated to spread the Andean musical art in honor of their ancestors and never allow it to perish for the love that they have for the South American indigenous culture.

 

In addition, over the years, they have expanded their style to include traditional and contemporary music of the Andes, as well as flavors from other regions in South America and around the world including rock and pop hits. Truly a cultural treasure- one listen to Huayllipacha will sweep you away to the Peruvian highlands.

 

www.musicoftheandes.com
www.facebook.com/Huayllipacha


 

 Indigenous Soul Rising

 

Native flute fusion meets Visionary folk and soul.

 

Chonie Vargas is a California Native with wild music roots that inspire and speak truth. Mother Nature paired with her Ancestral lineage of Chiricahua Apache and Latin heritage, awoke her to practicing music as medicine. Very original. A visionary folk artist with strong rhythm and acoustic soul.

 

Mignon Geli was born in San Francisco, of Waray, Ilongo, Spanish and Maya ancestry. For the past 18 years has been living in the California sierra foothills by the town of Coloma and the south fork of the American River, in Nisenan-Maidu country. She taught herself to play the Native American style wood flute after her son gifted her with one 13 years ago. Besides composing her own music, she can flute along in many genres from traditional to contemporary Native American (north and south), as well as soul, folk, rock, jazz, funk, blues, etc. Her musicality was influenced by her older brothers who were multi-instrumentalists, singers and songwriters, and many others. When not playing solo flute or drum, she often collaborates with like-minded musicians at festivals, events and gatherings. She is also a radio broadcaster on KFOK Community Radio in Georgetown hosting “Indigenous Soul” since 2007.

 

www.facebook.com/chonievargasmusic
www.facebook.com/geli.soulsis7
www.store.cdbaby.com/cd/mignongeli
www.chonievargas.bandcamp.com/releases
www.m.soundcloud.com/ascension-13


Kimberly ShiningStar

 

Keeping the Culture is an honor and an obligation.  There was a time when the stories told the history of the land, the plants, and the animals.

 

Kimberly ShiningStar weaves stories of inherent responsibilities with traditional ecological knowledge.  The stories are mesmerizing, told in old time fashion. The experience may awaken your very soul.  Genetic memories tingle when they hear the truth.

 

Descending from the Tume’lay Nisenan Miwok, a true California Native, Kimberly ShiningStar is known as “The Storyteller” and a “Culture Keeper”.

 


Little Thunder

 

Cheryl Angel is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate or Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. A front line opponent of the pipelines threatening native homelands across America, Cheryl is a strong advocate for environmental justice and indigenous rights. She spent the recent fall-winter season at the Sacred Stone Camp of Standing Rock and will share her experiences within the soothing ambiance of a Lakota wacipi (dance).

 

Karen K Little Thunder is also a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. She is a proud graduate of Sinte Gleska University and a descendant of the University’s namesake and historical Sicangu leader, Spotted Tail. As a bloodline descendant of Little Thunder, Spotted Tail, and Crow Dog, Karen is helpful to the continuation of Sicangu Lakota ancestral knowledge and language by sharing her personal experiences in growth, recovery, and cultural reparations.

 

Cheryl and Karen are traditional dancers of the Sicangu Lakota wacipi and each speaks from the heart in defense of their homelands and indigenous rights. They are mothers and grandmothers, earth protectors and maske (sister-friends), who live and breathe their ancestral responsibilities on a daily basis. Join them in celebrating Mni Wiconi and their continuing advocacy for environmental justice. Revel in the Circle of Life and hear from these vibrant Lakota winyan (women) the latest about the #NoDAPL and #NoKXL movements of the Great Plains region. Water is Life. MNI WICONI.

 

https://www.facebook.com/N8ivGipZ
www.facebook.com/karen.k.littlethunder

 


Neena McNair Family Drum

 

Neena McNair Family Drum originally came together to deepen and strengthen their commitment to the healing that comes through the drum, for all living things.

 

They offer themselves as a conduit for the songs in order to create an interactive space following the nature way. Striving to maintain integrity throughout, with the deepest respect, our intention is to preserve each song’s unique message and sound, so the songs will not be forgotten and people will be reminded of the healing magic that binds all living things.

 


Southern California Mexica Dancers

 

The Southern California Mexica Dancers (meshika) share the traditions of theri ancestors – the Mexica people from the Central Valley of Mexico once known as the great Tenochtitlan.

 

Their Danzas (way of dance) communicates stories and observations of the cosmic and the natural world. During their ceremony participants are invited to join in prayer for healing and restoration.

 

The dancers include Bernice Vasquez and Xochitl Palomera.

 

We are Mexica Dancers, also known as Aztec Dancers. Our danzas allows us to communicate the teachings and stories of our ancestors. Danza synchronizes the mind, body and spirit to the cosmic universe. During our ceremony, we combine the movement, rhythm and songs, Which represent the elements, nature and the cosmos. We invite all walks of life to join in, as we collectively put out our intentions for healing prayers.


Sacramento Powwow Dance Group

The Sacramento Powwow Dance Group has been active in the Northern California area for about 8 years. The group features the southern style of dance & song. The majority of our dancers and singers have been participating in powwow dance their whole lives.

The Group is dedicated to promoting a positive native image through dance. This allows the group to bring native dancing and songs to the general population. The group is committed to educating others on native dance.

The Sacramento Powwow Dance Group has been featured at the following events: California State Fair, Elk Grove Multi-Cultural Festival, Noon Year’s Eve at the Crocker Art Museum, and lastly – part of the half time show at the Sacramento Kings Game. Just to name a few.

The Sacramento Powwow Dance group is led by Shonnie Bear.

We look forward to dancing with you!!

 


Soul-A-Mente

 

Soul-A-Mente is a music duo in California since 2010 with Goodshield Aguilar (Lakota, Pasqua Yaqui) and Mignon Geli (Waray, Ilongo, Maya) offering a variety of original songs, spoken word and consciousness from an Indigenous perspective. They combine native traditional to contemporary music ranging from soul, rock, folk, funk, jazz, reggae and hip hop with guitar, wood flutes, traditional drums, rattles, vocals and native chants.

 

Stay tuned for their soon-to-be released album Soul-A-Mente, Part 2, another musical collaboration by Goodshield and Mignon. Visit the Buffalo Field Campaign website for the fall schedule of the Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow which begins on the west coast September 13, and ending October 5, 2018 with presentations by co-founder Mike Mease, film documentaries, flute music by Mignon Geli and music by multi-instrumentalist Goodshield Aguilar. Visit www.buffalofieldcampaign.org.

 

Listen to and buy Goodshield’s or Mignon’s music on CD Baby, the independent record store by musicians for musicians. Currently available is Goodshield’s The Fifth World by 7th Generation Rise or Mignon’s Under A Buffalo Sun – Flute Medicine by Mignon Geli.

 

www.cdbaby.com/Artist/7thGenerationRise
www.store.cdbaby.com/cd/mignongeli
www.facebook.com/geli.soulsis7/
www.facebook.com/GoodShieldAguilar7thGenerationRise/
www.goodshieldmusic.com
www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

 


Wakan Waci Blindman

 

Wakan Waci Blindman is a Numu (Northern Paiute) residing on the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nevada. He also represents the Oglala Lakota Oyate of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The album ‘Forever Grateful’ is a collective of Native American Church Songs (Peyote Chants) originally composed by him. His unique style is presented with a balance of harmony through sacred instruments and the vocals of all who contributed.

 

www.facebook.com/wakanwaci

 


Eddie Madril

Eddie Madril is a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora Mexico. For over 35 years, his involvement and commitment to Native heritage has provided him with the opportunity to share a wealth of information amongst diverse communities. His work has included the presentation of assemblies and residencies in schools and universities across the United States, working with students and encouraging the development of appreciation and respect for American Indian dance, music, culture, and history. He is the founder of Sewam American Indian Dance, a performing arts organization dedicated to Native American arts, education and cultural exchange, bring together both contemporary and traditional native dance and music to produce inspiring and visually stunning presentations.

 

Currently, Eddie teaches American Indian studies and Native American studies at San Francisco State University, College of Marin, and is the Artistic Director for Sewam American Indian Dance. . In addition to his work as a professor of Ethnic Studies/Native American Studies, he is a nationally known speaker on Native American arts and history, presenting at such conferences as academic symposiums in New Zealand (Aotearoa), the Les Culture de Monde Festival in Gannat, France.

 

 

www.sewamdance.com


Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu

 

Caleen Sisk is the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture and ceremonies in their territory along the McCloud River watershed in Northern California.

 

Since assuming leadership responsibilities in 2000, Caleen has focused on maintaining the cultural and religious traditions of the Tribe, and has led the revitalization of the Winnemem’s H’up Chonas (or War Dance) and BaLas Chonas (Puberty Ceremony), which had not been practiced for decades. She advocates for California salmon restoration; healthy, undammed watersheds, and the human right to water. She has received international honors as a tireless sacred site protector, and currently leads the tribe’s resistance against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise Shasta Dam 18-feet and inundate or damage more than 40 sacred sites.

 

She is also currently leading her Tribe’s efforts to work with Maori and federal fish biologists to return wild Chinook salmon from New Zealand to the McCloud River. In doing so, she advocates for the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge in federal, state and local environmental research and planning.

 

Caleen is an internationally known speaker on traditional tribal and spiritual issues, having spoken on diverse topics such as spiritual medicine ways, the spirit of water, global warming, sacred sites protection and the responsibility of tribal people to honor their tribal lifeway.

 

Caleen is also a leading voice in raising awareness of the poor human rights conditions suffered by federally unrecognized tribes and unrepresented indigenous peoples around the world. She is a regular speaker at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York where she has campaigned for the U.N. to study the plight of federally unrecognized tribes in the United States. She is also the Spiritual and Environmental Commissioner for ENLACE Continental, an international network of indigenous women.

 

For more than 30 years, Caleen was mentored and taught in traditional healing and Winnemem culture by her late great aunt, Florence Jones, who was the tribe’s spiritual leader for 68 years. Caleen’s traditional teachings and training comes from an unbroken line of leadership of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

 

Strongly rooted in her spirituality and her family, Caleen cares deeply for her Winnemem people and for oppressed people around the world.

 

Caleen received her B.A. from Chico State University, CA in 1975, and received her teaching credential from CSU, Chico in 1976.

 

www.winnememwintu.us/caleen-sisk

 

ARCHIVE2 – 2017 Global Indigenous Peoples Village

Global Indigenous Peoples Village

The Global Village has its own stage dedicated to Indigenous People’s music and dance with workshops and a marketplace showcasing crafts, food and entertainment to encourage cultural exchange and awareness.

 

WorldFest acknowledges the indigenous people upon whose lands we hold WorldFest, the Nisenan Tribe. The Nisenan Tribe will open WorldFest and welcome guests this year as we celebrate within their ancestral homelands.

 

Global Indigenous Peoples Village at the California Worldfest

Join us next week, July 13-16th, in Grass Valley for the Global Indigenous Peoples Village at the 21st Annual California WorldFest. Come dance & sing, browse handmade art & crafts, listen to stories, and more. See you there! #MusicConnectsUsAll #caWorldfest

Special thanks to the organizers and staff at the Worldfest for putting on such a great event as well as Mignon Geli and Anna Kastner for their efforts coordinating the Village.

Video filmed & edited by Trenton T Branson.

Posted by Trenton Branson Photography on Thursday, July 6, 2017

 

PERFORMERS

Bear Fox & Kontiwennenhawi
Calle Placer
Feather River Singers
Huayllipacha
Keith Secola
Kimberly ShiningStar
Little Thunder
Martha Redbone Roots Project
Nash Tavewa
Neena McNair Family Singers
Pamyua of Alaska
Percy “War Cloud” Edwards and Red Circle
Raye Zaragoza
Southern California Mexica Dancers
Supaman
7th Generation Rise
Xiuhtezcatl & Isa

 

VENDORS

Buffalo Field Campaign
Hempstead Project Heart
Mayan Tree Handicrafts
Rose Wood
Sierra Native Alliance
Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya
Vince & Jodi Castanon


Bear Fox & Kontiwennenhawi

The Ahkwesasne Women Singers were formed in 1999 by four inspired, and inspiring women; Bear Fox, Katsitsionni Fox, Elizabeth Nanitcoke and Iawentas Nanticoke. They were driven by the need to protect and preserve the Kanienkeha (Mohawk Language), traditional Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk People) customs and stories, as well as the oral traditions that are passed down from grandmother to grand-daughter. They believe that songs are the easiest way to pass on language and culture to future generations. Blessed with beautiful singing voices, the women put their talents and their messages together to form a group that would write and perform traditional Kanienkeha:ka songs. Since their inception, the Ahkwesahsne Women Singers have brought their beautiful and powerful music to the community of Ahkwesasne.

Members of group are in various stages of life – grandmothers, mothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and cousins. They are teachers, environmental researchers, social workers and students. They take time out of their personal and professional lives to assist their community and volunteer for fundraising activities.

Aside from singing Haudenosaunee social songs, some members of Kontiwennenhawi are song writers. They work with Elders and fluent speakers from Ahkwesahsne to ensure the correct usage and spelling of words. The songs contain their own messages that they believe are important for the Mohawk people to know and remember. Their songs honor our Elders, Kanienkehaka teachers, Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, and Grandfather Thunder. Kontiwennenhawi is committed to continuing the traditions of our ancestors and preserving our language and culture through their beautiful songs and inspiring efforts.

 


Calle Placer

Calle Placer is a multidimensional phenomenon of Latin fusion founded in East L.A. playing jazz, salsa, funk, reggae and rock. Their neighborhood of Pleasant Ave. offered them the freedom to jam anytime, day or night.

Vocalist Melody Betancort says, “One day it might be salsa, one day it might be funk, another day might be reggae or jazz. We fuse musical styles and experiences to create a pleasant sound, a pleasant feeling, a pleasant time. Wherever we go we carry that essence of Pleasant Ave with us – listening to the mariachis rehearse during the day as the birds sing along with them. It’s a street where we can rehearse and the neighbors are pleasant because its known that musicians live here.”

 

www.facebook.com/Calle-Placer-104311412972847

 


Xiuhtezcatl & Isa

Xiuhtezcatl and Isa are Earth Guardians – conscious hip-hop artists and activists who write and produce music to tell the stories of the movements and issues facing the world from the perspective of young ambitious musicians.

This music brings movements to the masses, written to inspire people to pursue their passions, and use art as a form of resistance to create change, battle oppression, bring people together and tell our stories. They have spoken and performed in the United Nations and at events, colleges, conferences, and music festivals worldwide.

 

www.earthguardians.org

 


Feather River Singers

Feather River Singers is a Women’s Drum with exciting energy, a soothing beat and songs in Cherokee and English. Dedicated to preserving native language through songs, all original materials by group members their 2005 debut CD “Daughters of the Earth” by Feather River Singers broke into new musical territory. The group received a nomination in 2006 for Debut Artist of the Year by the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). Current members are Kathleen Shain, Anna Eyre, Pamela Ames, all born in California.

 

https://www.facebook.com/Feather-River-Singers-144896795603827/

 


Huayllipacha

Huayllipacha (pronounced Why-Lee-Pacha) a group conceived in 1987 by several Peruvian youths from the Andes. As a tribute to their culture and with respect, honor, and admiration of their ancestors, the meaning of their name is “Singing to the Earth,” and it is in this spirit that their music is offered.

Over the years, as the group evolved, they have expanded their style honoring both traditional and contemporary music of the Andes, as well as from other regions in South America. Embracing all these styles, the music of Huayllipacha will always come from their heart and Soul, to share with the people of the Earth. Truly a cultural treasure, it is said, “one listen to these world- class Andean musicians will sweep you away to the Peruvian highlands.”

 

www.musicoftheandes.com
www.facebook.com/Huayllipacha

 


Keith Secola

“…blues, rock, swing, folk, country, pop, Latin and Native influences into a politically charged tapestry leavened with Secola’s sly wit.” – Native Peoples Magazine

Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he is a songwriter of the people. Critics have dubbed him as the Native versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

NDN Kars (Indian cars), his most popular song is considered the contemporary Native American anthem, achieving legendary status and earning him a well deserved cult following. It has been the number one requested song on tribal radio since the 1992. In 2011, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, and Richie Valens, and was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame.

 

www.secola.com

 


Kimberly ShiningStar

There was a time when stories told the history of the land, the plants, and the animals. Kimberly ShiningStar will bring that culture to life, sharing her Traditional Native Stories, some of which have been handed down for thousands of years.

Kimberly ShiningStar is Tume’lay Nissenan Miwok, a California Indian. She has been sharing the Indigenous Culture of her people since 1999 with thousands of people every year and is very excited to share her stories at WorldFest.

 

 

 


Little Thunder

Cheryl Angel is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate or Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. A front line opponent of the pipelines threatening native homelands across America, Cheryl is a strong advocate for environmental justice and indigenous rights. She spent the recent fall-winter season at the Sacred Stone Camp of Standing Rock and will share her experiences within the soothing ambiance of a Lakota wacipi (dance).

Karen K Little Thunder is also a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. She is a proud graduate of Sinte Gleska University and a descendant of the University’s namesake and historical Sicangu leader, Spotted Tail. As a bloodline descendant of Little Thunder, Spotted Tail, and Crow Dog, Karen is helpful to the continuation of Sicangu Lakota ancestral knowledge and language by sharing her personal experiences in growth, recovery, and cultural reparations.

Cheryl and Karen are traditional dancers of the Sicangu Lakota wacipi and each speaks from the heart in defense of their homelands and indigenous rights. They are mothers and grandmothers, earth protectors and maske (sister-friends), who live and breathe their ancestral responsibilities on a daily basis. Join them in celebrating Mni Wiconi and their continuing advocacy for environmental justice. Revel in the Circle of Life and hear from these vibrant Lakota winyan (women) the latest about the #NoDAPL and #NoKXL movements of the Great Plains region. Water is Life. MNI WICONI.

 

https://www.facebook.com/N8ivGipZ
www.facebook.com/karen.k.littlethunder

 


Martha Redbone Roots Project

“Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group of settings of poetry by William Blake — a startling idea, perhaps, but one that brims with potency and freshness.” – NPR

Martha Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets.

Redbone, since the establishment of her career in London and New York City, has humbly and steadfastly earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator – whether in the guise of Warner Chappell-minted songwriter, behind the console guide or earnest guest voice — amongst her peers. Mentored by Ohio Players/P-Funk mentor Walter “Junie” Morrison, she and UK- bred partner Aaron Whitby consistently provide essential direction and soulful support to knit track and artist into an indelible whole. Redbone’s latest music resonates with the influence of southeastern raisin’, echoing an earlier time/space through elements of folk, country gospel, stomp chants, and the high lonesome of a front porch Sunday pickin’.

 

www.sroartists.com/artists/martharedbone
www.facebook.com/Martha-Redbone-474870425872870
@martharedbone

 


Nash Tavewa

Nash Tavewa is a talented artist that uses his skills as a native flute and drum maker to hand-craft beautiful instruments and to create soulful music that honors his ancient Bene Walash (Zapotec) heritage of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Nash’s musical journey began as a child, when his parents, masters of traditional Zapotec pottery & clay instruments, made him small cane flutes and clay whistles to play with while herding goats. Surrounded by family artists and musicians, Nash soon learned to create his own instruments, while playing the traditional song of his ancestors “The Cloud People”.

In 2003, after several years of apprenticeship, Nash began to create his own Pre-Columbian clay instruments, Drums and Lakota style love flutes, native to Turtle Island (the Americas).

Nash speaks 3 languages. He has great appreciation for his native cultural heritage, with its rich traditions, ceremonies, and music. He is determine to help preserve his native tongue and keep the traditional ways alive.

Nash Tavewa sells his instruments and recordings globally.

 

www.flutesbynash.com

 


Neena McNair Family Singers

Neena McNair Family Singers originally came together as a women’s drum group to deepen and strengthen our commitment to maintain a pure dedication to the healing that comes through the drum, for all living things.

They offer themselves as a conduit for the songs, in order to share and educate others in the nature way. Striving to maintain integrity throughout, always with the deepest respect, their intention is to preserve each song’s unique message and sound, so the songs will not be forgotten and people will be reminded of the sometimes invisible healing magic that binds all living things together.


Pamyua of Alaska

“The most famous Inuit band in the world.” – Rolling Stone

“One of the 10 greatest Alaska artists of the millennium.” – Alaska Magazine

“A Blizzard of interlocking harmonies.” – Native People Magazine

Many Americans were introduced to Inuit music watching the Canadian epic The Fast Runner, but for more than a decade Pamyua has released traditional Inuit (Yup’ik) Drumsongs from Alaska with a distinct and unique American sound.

Because some of their music is a combination or Yup’ik lyrics combined with a modern sound, they are popular with the youth culture as well, as reflected in some of the videos on their website. Pamyua’s music was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska and in numerous films. From Queen Margrethe II of Denmark to Secretary of State John Kerry, the group has entertained thousands with their fusion of traditional Inuit music and Yup’ik dance performance.

 

www.pamyua.com


Red Circle

Red Circle is a Native American Dance group that was formed 8 years ago for the sole purpose of educating the public on Native American Dancing. Leonard and Tangerine Robles the founders formed the group because he wanted their adopted children to learn their heritage since all 6 kids are Native Americans by birth.

Percy “War Cloud” Edwards of the Colville Confederated tribes (Arrow Lake, Nez Perce) joined the group since he was already performing at schools, and special events throughout California. Percy Edwards was born and raised on the reservation with tribal member numbering over 10,000. Percy attended St. Mary’s Mission Indian Boarding School from K-8th grade then transferred to Chemawa Indian High School in Salem Oregon.

Past performances include Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days, Presidents Day Event Mt Vernon Memorial
California State Museum Sacramento, Stockton Cinco De Mayo parade, Lodi’s Street fair, Georgetown Flute Festival, Dept of Justice Sacramento, Vacaville Prison and Travis Air Force Base.

 


Raye Zaragoza

“While initially recognizable, Raye’s voice—and music, at large—has a unique elusiveness.” – Deli Magazine

Raye Zaragoza is a Native-American(Pima)/Taiwanese singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. At the age of fourteen, she moved across the country to Los Angeles and has since continuously been on the move touring and sharing her music with people of all walks of life. She has performed in more than twenty states on the East and West Coasts as well as Mexico, Canada and France.

The Fox and King calls her, “your new favorite singer-songwriter” and “seasoned, technical, classic, and effortless all at the same time.” The Deli compares her music to that of Norah Jones, and says “Raye’s voice-and music, at large-has a unique elusiveness.”

Her debut EP entitled Heroine was recorded at Red Bull Studios in New York City with Chris Tabron (credits include Beyoncé, Robin Thicke, Mobb Deep, Vacationer, Natalia Kills…) and was released on May 11, 2015. The title single Heroine has received acclaim across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

 

www.rayezmusic.com

 


Southern California Mexica Dancers

The Southern California Mexica Dancers (meshika) share the traditions of theri ancestors – the Mexica people from the Central Valley of Mexico once known as the great Tenochtitlan.

Their Danzas (way of dance) communicates stories and observations of the cosmic and the natural world. During their ceremony participants are invited to join in prayer for healing and restoration.

The dancers include Bernice Vasquez and Xochitl Palomera.

 


Supaman

“In southeast Montana, thousands of miles from the birthplace of hip-hop, a man with the given name Christian Parrish Takes the Gun has been rapping to young people on the Crow Nation reservation. He calls himself Supaman, and he’s been merging inner-city music with more local concerns for more than a dozen years.” – NPR

As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. “Supaman” is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip-hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope through culture and music.

He has been the recipient of the Nammy “Native American Music Award”, “North American Indigenous Image Award”, and 7 “Tunney Awards”. He recently was awarded The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award in Canada for best video and was voted MTV’s new Artist of the Week.

His latest videos titled “Prayer Loop Song” and “Why” both have gone viral and have received over 2 million views on Youtube and Facebook which has put him in high demand touring extensively throughout the U.S.A and internationally. He has performed for Google at the Google headquarters in San Francisco and got to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. He recently was asked to audition for America’s Got Talent and the Broadway play Hamilton.

 

www.facebook.com/Supamanhiphop

 


7th Generation Rise

7th Generation Rise is a self-described “Indigenous Soul” band, combining modern rock, reggae, funk, and hip hop with traditional drums, flute, and native chants. Their message is one of spiritual unity and honoring cultural diversity, as their lyrics express a much needed collective awareness of who we are as a whole and what needs to happen in order for the next 7 generations to have a future on our Mother Earth who is crying for a paradigm shift.

7th Generation Rise has been an active voice for the last genetically pure, free roaming buffalo in Yellowstone for 14 years , as the buffalo have been being slaughtered by the Department of Livestock , and many other inter agencies. This year’s Global Indigenous People’s Village line up of the Band will consist of Goodshield Aguilar on guitar and vocals, Mignon Geli on Native flutes and Johnnie Martinez on drums and vocals.

Listen to and buy 7th Generation Rise music on CD Baby, the independent record store by musicians for musicians.

 

www.cdbaby.com/Artist/7thGenerationRise
www.goodshieldmusic.com
www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

 


VENDORS


Buffalo Field Campaign

The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter and harassment of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo. Volunteers from around the world defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Our daily patrols stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on, and document every move made against them.

 

www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

 


Hempstead Project Heart

Hempstead Project Heart (Hemp Energies Alternative Resource Technologies) is dedicated to raising awareness about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of restoring industrial hemp in America. Since 2012, we have partnered with communities, farmers, musicians, green builders, entrepreneurs, students and sustainability organizations across the country to support hemp initiatives, build a hemp green economy and elevate public consciousness about the urgency to return hemp farming to our state and nation. John Trudell is the co-founder of Hempstead Project Heart with Willie Nelson. HPH is a 501 (c)3 Project of Earth Island Institute.

 

www.hempsteadprojectheart.org

 


Mayan Tree Handicrafts

Mayan Tree Handicrafts aims to promote handicrafts made by the indigenous Maya peoples from Guatemala. It started with family members who make the beaded guitar straps and shoes with traditional handwoven fabrics.

Mayan Tree Handicrafts has since expanded to help other indigenous artists promote their creative works. The goal is to raise profits to provide Guatemalans with limited access to schools an opportunity to attend classes in computer skills and general tutoring.

Come by and chat with us about the needs of indigenous Maya and how you might support with education.

 

www.etsy.com/people/mayantreehandicrafts
www.facebook.com/pg/Mayan-Tree-Handicrafts-300294036743698/

 


Rose Wood

Rose Wood says “Worldfest has been an exciting venue that I have participated in for the past 5 years. I have been an active supporter of Native American culture here in Nevada County as well as with tribal groups in Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. Before my retirement in 2010, I worked extensively with tribes in Health and Human services for twenty plus years.

“I am of Native American heritage; Hawaiian, Mexican, and tribal member of the Ko-ta-bah Miwok tribe from El Dorado County, California. I’ve lived and supported tribal families in Nevada County since moving here in 1999.

“Since my retirement in 2010, I’ve created RoseCraft, etc., a small business which I share with my daughter. We create beautiful handcrafted soaps, lotions, and jewelry. I am an advocate and supporter of Hemp products which we use in some of our soaps and lotions. We will be displaying Hemp products as well, with current information on Hemp legislature. Our jewelry is eclectic ranging from prayer beads, bracelets, necklaces to Tree of Life motif.”

 

www.facebook.com/AlohaGirl01

 


Sierra Native Alliance

The Sierra Native Alliance was formed in 2007 by a group of Native community members dedicated to the preservation of Native families, cultures, and environments. Incorporating as a non-profit organization in 2009, the Sierra Native Alliance provides cultural education, family resources and environmental preservation activities in the Sierra Nevada Foothills region.

Community Empowerment: working together to strengthen leadership skills and resources for families and communities of the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Cross-Cultural Awareness: building relationships across cultures, tribal groups and communities to raise awareness of indigenous cultures and environments.

Intergenerational Sharing: bringing our youth and elders together to promote extended family relationships and intergenerational education opportunities.

Activity-based Learning: teaching traditional knowledge, values and ways of thinking through hands-on cultural education and environmental activities.

 

www.sierranativealliance.org

 


Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya

Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya was born in Corpus Christi,Texas in 1956. When he was nine his family moved to San Francisco, California. His artistic abilities have been with him since his youth. As he made his way through school, his creativity was encouraged by his family and instructors. He remembers, “When I was growing up in Texas and later in California, my older brother and I spent a lot of time drawing and creating. Our family didn¹t spend time on emphasizing our “Indianess”. The Indian people in our family was common knowledge just as it was with many Tejano families. It seemed that we were just trying to survive and make a place for ourselves just like the rest of America.”

He lived in the San Francisco bay area until his move up to Humboldt County where he attended College of the Redwoods. It was there when he entered the Native American Studies Program and began his involvement with other native peoples in securing their culture and history. He remembers an elder Lakota brother referring to it as becoming a Born Agin¹ Savage. “It was at this time that I fully understood how much the Indian part of our family was a very important part of the foundation of my own life.”

He also began to paint using acrylics, his work making the most of ideas and inspiration from the native environment he was in. His art, from it¹s inception, represents the evolution of immersion in native teachings as it traced it’s way through ceremonies and the everyday part of his own personal life. Ikoshy has never had any formal art training. ” I was born with my artistic abilities and my elders, the sweat lodge and related ceremonies have been my art instructors”, he states.

Ikoshy is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. He currently lives in the community of Yankee Hill, California. His art has been featured in documentary videos on Native America, in various periodicals, on book covers, CD jackets and cassettes.

 

www.ikoshy.com

 


Vince & Jodi Castanon

We have traveled the western states selling our finished crafts and craft supplies at Native American Powwows, mountain man rendezvous and craft shows. For the past 16 years we have been showing kids how to carve using soapstone. We quickly learned how to make carving kits that beginners could use their first try.

The most important part of our kits is the soapstone. The soapstone we use is from Oregon and California and is asbestos free. Soapstone was used by all the California tribes in their daily life and by many other tribes throughout the United States. Native Americans used soapstone for making smoking pipes because it does not crack when hot. Soapstone was also used for carvings, beads and amulets. Talc powder from soapstone is the same powder we use today. Soapstone can be heated red hot and used for cooking stones, and in fact Native Americans would cook directly on flat pieces placed on hot coals. A favorite use was heating soapstone and burying under a thin layer of dirt to warm ones bed at night. Other uses were for tools such as scrappers, arrow straighteners, and weights.

My carving kits are used at four California state Indian museums as teaching aids and for resale at the gift shops You may find our kits and products at Big Trees in Arnold, California, Grinding Rock State Park in Volcano, California, California State Indian Museum in Sacramento, and Yosemite National Park’s Indian Museum. My soapstone carving kits are also used by the Los Angeles county department of education and the Indian educational programs. I have been attending the Indian Teachers Conferences for the past 4 years and have placed my kits in many California schools. I have also organized the craft program for 75 kids who take part in Indian Summer Camp held at Silverlake, California for the past 4 years.
Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya

Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya was born in Corpus Christi,Texas in 1956. When he was nine his family moved to San Francisco, California. His artistic abilities have been with him since his youth. As he made his way through school, his creativity was encouraged by his family and instructors. He remembers, “When I was growing up in Texas and later in California, my older brother and I spent a lot of time drawing and creating. Our family didn¹t spend time on emphasizing our “Indianess”. The Indian people in our family was common knowledge just as it was with many Tejano families. It seemed that we were just trying to survive and make a place for ourselves just like the rest of America.”

He lived in the San Francisco bay area until his move up to Humboldt County where he attended College of the Redwoods. It was there when he entered the Native American Studies Program and began his involvement with other native peoples in securing their culture and history. He remembers an elder Lakota brother referring to it as becoming a Born Agin¹ Savage. “It was at this time that I fully understood how much the Indian part of our family was a very important part of the foundation of my own life.”

He also began to paint using acrylics, his work making the most of ideas and inspiration from the native environment he was in. His art, from it¹s inception, represents the evolution of immersion in native teachings as it traced it¹s way through ceremonies and the everyday part of his own personal life. Ikoshy has never had any formal art training. ” I was born with my artistic abilities and my elders, the sweat lodge and related ceremonies have been my art instructors”, he states.
Ikoshy is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. He currently lives in the community of Yankee Hill, California with his wife, Nadine and two children, Raina and Teo. His art has been featured in documentary videos on Native America, in various periodicals, on book covers, CD jackets and cassettes.

 

www.mountainpipes.com

 


Archive – Schedule 2017

California WorldFest hosts
over one hundred performers on
eight stages of music, dance and workshops.

Click on the images below for detailed stage and workshop schedules.
Click HERE to download a printable schedule.

Gate Times:

Gate 1: Day Ticket Holders
Thur 4pm -10pm
Fri-Sun 9am – 10pm
Gate 4: Campers
Thur – Sat 8am – 11:30pm
Sun 8am – 7:30pm.

Magic Giant 2018

MAGIC GIANT

 

“The L.A. band Magic Giant captures the energy and spirit of the past few waves of upbeat, passionate indie-folk.” – NPR

 

“Magic Giant represents the glory of “chill music.” This indie-folk band hails from California and exudes the state’s lax, welcoming energy. Going to see them feels like you are entering a friend’s home. All that friend wants to do is play music and hang out with you, to which you find the ease a nice change of pace.” – NY Theatre Review

 

Magic Giant was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 “Artists You Need to Know.”  The trio, comprised of Ausn Bisnow (lead vocals), Zambricki Li (viola, banjo, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello) released its debut album, In the Wind in 2017.  The band’s initial single Set on Fire broke the Top 25 on Billboard’s US Alternative chart and their current single Window debuted on the Hot AC Top 50.

 

With their appearance on the Today Show as “Artist of the Month,” the band has toured with artists such as The Revivalists, Atlas Genius, and Mike Posner, and played festivals ranging from Firefly in Delaware to Electric Forest in Michigan.

 

 

DuJour dubbed Magic Giant “the most festival band in the festival circuit… quickly becoming a must‐see with their buzzy energy and upbeat sound.”

 

Magic Giant represents the union of three distinct, dynamic, and diverse artistic voices. Since his childhood in Washington, D.C., Austin obsessively pursued his love of songwriting. He studied classical composition and then went on to write songs with artists ranging from John Legend to David Guetta. New Jersey native Zambricki got hit by a car in junior high, fell into a coma, and once he woke, miraculously learned violin in 4 days through a rare brain trauma reorganization now known as Acquired Savant Syndrome: “If I could go back, I’d throw myself in front of the car,” Zambricki chuckles. Later on he began writing and one of his first songs was featured in the Sundance-awarded film Paper Heart. Born and raised in Los Angeles to Persian immigrants, Zang learned upright bass in grade school before picking up guitar and studying dance. He caught the attention of Austin and Zambricki when they came across online videos of him salsa dancing and were instantly hooked.

 

 

The three are an unlikely match, but their magnetic chemistry can get any crowd moving, from a sold out show at the legendary Troubadour to a sunset music or yoga festival audience. The group has recently toured with bands such as Beats Antique, The Revivalists, and Mike Posner.

 

“It was fate,” recalls Zambricki. “We were scheduled to play all these festivals—Electric Forest, Wanderlust, Lightning in a Bottle—that just so happened to be in really beautiful parts of the country.” During Spring 2016, the boys bought a shuttle bus, converted it into a solar-powered mobile recording studio, added a California King on hydraulics, and fondly named her Queen Elizabeth. “There were spaces of time between shows where we could get creative,” explains Zang. “Using the bus to power microphones, we recorded outside—literally In The Wind—across North America.”

 

 

“Living in the city, it’s easy to forget how enchanting the road can be,” Zang adds. “We recorded anywhere and everywhere. There were no ceilings or limits to what we could capture.”

 

Just before Magic Giant hit the road, their single “Set on Fire” began heating up. Independently released, it went from their studio to #4 on Spotify’s US Viral 50, eventually amassing nearly 4 million streams in less than a year. It became a favorite on Los Angeles radio, hitting #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only. It was after this success that the three-piece landed a deal with Washington Square. Billboard claimed, “With a joyful live show the band is inspiring mass dance-alongs,” while NPR wrote, “Magic Giant captures the energy and spirit of the past few waves of upbeat, passionate indie-folk.”

 

 

In The Wind threads together a musical cartography of alternative, pop, and folk. The instrumentation includes (get ready…) orchestral drums, banjo, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, synthesizers, electric bass, cello, viola, violin, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, and more as the musical and lyrical palettes prove equally vibrant.

 

“We use whatever instruments are best for the song,” says Austin. “Lyrically, when we get together to write,” adds Zang, “it’s different from what we would have imagined individually. That’s the beauty of co-writing—we become one unique voice we may never have found on our own.”

 

The road eventually took the band to Atlanta, where they met up with producer Ben Allen to help glue the body of work together. Returning home to their converted 1940’s bomb-shelter studio, The Bunker, Magic Giant put the finishing touches on their debut record. Austin leaves us with, “When people hear our music or experience a show, we want to bring out the most uninhibited version of themselves.”

 

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Amo Amo

Amo Amo

 

What do you get when you put five experienced musicians and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James in an old house situated in bucolic wine country? The band Amo Amo.

 

The members, longtime friends who have played together in many iterations, are Omar Velasco, Shane Mckillop (Gardens & Villa), Justin Flint, Love Femme and Alex Siegel.

 

James, a fan of their music from previous incarnations, signed on to record their songs in a house north of Santa Barbara that had no cell service or internet. Three weeks later, Amo Amo had a freewheeling collection of songs embracing vibey ’70s soft-rock and beyond. First single “I Wish I Had the Power” twinkles through a funk-lite universe that has a big, welcoming heart; female vocals smolder through the soulful slow jam “The Only Thing I Got to Live for Is Love.”

 

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