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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Multicultural Review
"The volume provides a valuable introduction to…[the] works [of these musicians]."
Native News Network
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
Indigenous Music Culture
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
Native News Network - Levi Rickert
"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,."
Indigenous Music Culture - Ron Dean Harris
"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."
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Native Americans use music to celebrate, thank the Creator, and to spread a message as well as to entertain. As difficult as it is for people to break into the music industry, it is even more difficult for Native Americans to be acknowledged as accomplished mainstream musicians. The Native American musicians profiled in Schilling's book cover a variety of musical genres, from punk to classical guitar, and offer useful information about anyone interested in musical careers. Schilling provides a brief, but encompassing introduction to the musicians, taking care to indicate how their lives have impacted their musical careers and how their devotion to their music has impacted their lives. Images of each musician appears throughout the text, as well as asides that add depth to the artist's biography or provide insight into the Native American culture or the music industry. The text is part of the "Native Trailblazers Series". Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977918348
  • Publisher: 7th Generation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Native Trailblazers Series
  • Pages: 132
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent Schilling is an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. He loves to travel and considers himself to be an amateur photographer. He also enjoys many athletic activities such as bicycling, snow ski-ing and swimming. He lives in Virginia Beach, VA.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments VII

Introduction IX

Chapter 1 Michael Buacher Cherokee

Vocalist And Composer Of Music To Protect Sacred Sites 1

Chapter 2 Mary Youngblood Seminole/Aleut

Native American Flutist 11

Chapter 3 Crystal Shawanda Ojibwa

Country Music Singer 22

Chapter 4 Blackfire Navajo

Punk Rock And Traditional Navajo 36

Chapter 5 Leela Gilday Dene

Vocalist And Composer With A Message Of Hope And Empowerment 50

Chapter 6 Four Rivers Drum (Variety Of Tribal Affiliations)

Powwow Drum Group 60

Chapter 7 Jamie Coon Creek/Seminole

Vocalist Combining Jazz And Pop Rock 77

Chapter 8 Mato Nanji Nakota Sioux

Guitarist And Leader Of The Band Indigenous 85

Chapter 9 Shane Yellowbird Cree

Country Music Singer 96

Chapter 10 Gabriel Ayala Pascua Yaqui

Classical Guitarist 105

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    Can you name 10 Native musical artists?

    There's lots of information about mainstream musicians, but not too much about Native musicians. Before reading this book I couldn't even name 10 Native musical artists.
    The chapters are interesting. Each one is about one individual, or a music group and covers their childhoods as well as their music career and contains childhood as well as professional photos of each artist.
    It is great to read a book about contemporary Native people. I think kids from upper elementary to high school would enjoy this book.
    The artists included in the book are - Shane Yellowbird, Mary Youngblood, Crystal Shawanda, Gabriel Ayala, Michael Bucher, Mato Nanji, Jamie Coons, Blackfire, Leela Gilday and Four Rivers Drum.

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