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One guy, one hand drum – Nakoa Heavy Runner

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Articles, Dakota Lakota Journal, Music | 0 comments

Round dance singer brings healing, connection and solid talent to area   Abena Songbird former Journal Staff Writer   RAPID CITY — There is a ever growing buzz about a new “lean and mean” talent coming out of the Fort Belknap, Montana  area, who has been singing and composing for fourteen years, both Round dance and Pow wow songs. His name is Nakoa Heavy Runner. Formerly known on the Pow wow circuit for his clear, high leads with Black Bull Jr. Drum, Heavy Runner has joined forces for the last two years with two tight Menominee singers, Josh and Joel Fish, and has been...

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Journey to the Heart – The Songbird and the Moor – Track 8

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Music, Product for purchase - CDs. Books | 0 comments

Journey to the Heart – The Songbird and the Moor – Track 8

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The Songbird and The Moor – Track 1 (copyright 2000) Cedar and Sage Music

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Music, Product for purchase - CDs. Books | 0 comments

The Songbird and The Moor – Track 1 (copyright 2000) Cedar and Sage Music

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Bare Bones

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Poetry - Musings | 0 comments

Bare Bones

For April ~in loving memory of Chief Homer St. Francis Bare Bones ©2009 by S. Abena Songbird in rain, snow a contemporary Metacomb Alliance to stop your suburban sprawl your colonial encroachment… Let’s get down to the bare bones the brass tacks of the matter the bared bones… Disturbed, desecrated you covered over 2,500 years along San Pablo Creek hundreds of burials Muwekma Ohlone relatives first for a paint factory then in 2002 for a Bay Street Center shopping mall Remember year 2000 on the frontlines – Chief April Rushlow us non-status Abenaki in rain, snow a...

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Molly Murphy Mixed message: Beading a multi-colored palate

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Articles, Native Legacy | 0 comments

Molly Murphy   Mixed message: Beading a multi-colored palate

“For me it feels like my skills belong to my community,” she said. “I feel like I have that obligation – to care-take the skill itself and to make these beautiful things for my community.”    Molly Murphy Mixed message: Beading a multi-colored palate   By Abena Songbird (for Native Legacy Magazine Vol. 2 Issue 3 – Summer 2009) MISSOULA, MT- Molly Murphy, 31, a mixed-blood descendant of the Oglala, Lakota, is one of the premier contemporary beadworkers to emerge from the Great Plains region. Though her maternal lineage is Lakota, since childhood Murphy was raised by her...

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