Erika Archer is from the Meherrin Tribe of North Carolina. She was born and raised in Fort Washington, Maryland. Erika started dancing when she was young and began to take classes in dance. Erika would continue to dance and join up with G-n-C Crew, which is a dance crew out of the Washington, Maryland, Virgina metro area (DMV). G-n-C is a hip hop dance crew, Erika would also be involved with Kevin Locke's dance troop and travel with his performing art ensemble.
Erika holds a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology and was hired to work for the Governement. She was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to dance with "Dancing Earth". Erika is doing what she enjoys and she also teaches dance at a couple of dance studios in New Mexico. Recently, I interviewed Erika, we talk about her experience in hip hop dance crews, her education and her opportunity to perform with "Dancing Earth".
Submitted by tgrant on November 18, 2011 - 10:01am
I had the opportunity to interview Frank Blythe, who is my grandpa and Founding Executive Director of Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT), as well as my mom, Francine Blythe, who is Executive Director of the National Geographic All Roads Film Project. The three of us were in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the same time and we got together for a cookout.
I remember watching screenings of Native films and documentaries as a young kid. I understood that grandpa was the Executive Director of NAPT, but I did not know the details of his work. In school, I was learning about the mainstream history of Native Americans but at home, I was learning about the other half of our survival.
My mom was interested in theatre and I can remember a time when she was a part of a traveling Native play ensemble. Later, she would have roles as extras in various film projects. I thought that film and theatre were her and grandpa’s thing and at that time, I did not have the desire to study film or theatre.
When I was hired as a Production Assistant at NAPT, I realized the significance and impact that Native media has to offer. After starting at NAPT, I began to co-host two Native American radio programs--Native Sounds Native Voices and The Drum--on 89.3 FM (KZUM) in Lincoln, Neb. When I proposed the idea of a conversation between the three of us, my grandpa and mom were both enthusiastic about the idea. This is the interview from our conversation from April 2011.
J-Sav is an Omaha tribal member and a founding member of the Native Hip Hop group Savage Family. The group formed while members where attending Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. J-Sav earned a bachelors degree and continues to create music. J-Sav started to build an interest in Hip Hop in high school and free-styling. While attending Haskell J-Sav began to understand the struggle of the Assimilation of Indians into the mainstream.
Savage Family promotes a faceless movement because they represent a message of unity instead of individuality. J-Sav’s involvement with Savage Family encouraged him to follow the Red Road and promote a substance free lifestyle. J-Sav has an ability to create lyrics that is parallel to poetry as well as carrying a message in the song. Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Dineh, Cherokee) and Jessica (Paiute, Bannock, Washo) co-hosts of The Drum interviewed J-Sav in the studio, they talk about Savage Family, Haskell and his transformation. Check out the live broadcast of The Drum every Sunday from 630-8pm CT on the web at www.kzum.org and follow them on facebook at www.FaceBook.com/TheDrum402 and at www.MySpace.com/TheDrum402.
Submitted by tgrant on September 23, 2011 - 1:49pm
Gabriel Night Shield is from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. He began his record company ten years ago and he has released three solo projects. When he first got into the rap game, South Dakota’s hip hop scene was just beginning. Since then, Night Shield has seen the hip hop scene almost explode into a recognizable underground scene. Night Shield Entertainment has been the driving force behind the movement.
Night Shield has won music awards from the various Native American music organizations and he has performed at all of their award ceremonies. His music comes from his personal experiences and tribulations and it is not glorifying the mainstreams stereotypical hard core rap. Instead, he writes about life growing on the Rosebud Reservation and similar experiences one encounters surrounded by life there.
I (Tobias Grant\ Omaha, Sisseton, Dineh, Eastern Cherokee) recently interviewed Night Shield and we discuss his music, his record label and how to survive in the underground hip hop scene in South Dakota. For more information about Night Shield visit his social networking web pages and purchase his music from iTunes.
Once a year Father's are recognized for all their hard work. Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo, Cherokee) and Jessica (Paiute, Washo, Bannock) wanted to honor all the Father's with a Father's Day playlist. We included Hand Drum, Harmonized Songs of the Native American Church, Pow-wow and even War Dance Celebration songs. "The War Dance is not necessarily celebrating the taking of a life, but pride in the tribe's good medicine. The dance they perforned was a celebration of their good fortune as members of a family, a society, a clan and a tribe. It is a dance based in pride." - From Liner Notes for Night Hawk, War Dance Songs, Arbor Records, 2003 We hope all the Fathers and Grandfathers out there enjoyed their day and this playlist is especially for you. Listen to "The Drum" live every Sunday night from 7 p.m-9 p.m. (C.D.T.) on 89.3 FM KZUM in Lincoln, NE, or on the web at KZUM.org and at AIROS.org. Contact "The Drum" co-hosts at their myspace page, just click on the link here: myspace.com/thedrum402
Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Cherokee, Navajo) and Jessica (Bannock, Washo, Paiute) changed things up a little bit on "The Drum".As we all know by now, "The Drum" has a profile page on myspace. So,they featured some drum groups that are friends with "The Drum" from myspace. The drum groups with profiles can post their music on myspace and users can preview those songs or add the song to a profile page. Myspace is an awesome social networking site to stay connected with "The Drum" and "AIROS". Enjoy and tune in every Sunday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (CDT) to hear the live broadcast and also on the web at KZUM.org and AIROS.org.
"The Drum" dedicated a show to honor veterans from Indian Country. Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo, Cherokee) and Jessica (Paiute, Bannock, Washo) created a playlist filled with honor songs for our veterans. Memorial Day is reserved for the last monday in May and this year "The Drum" showed some love to Native veterans from Indian Country by not only playing these tunes, but also reading some shout-outs to some of the Native veterans. In addition to the honor songs, the playlist includes Harmonized Peyote/Prayer Songs of the Native American Church--to honor the brave soldiers who gave their lives protecting our Native homelands. "The Drum" dedicated this two hour special to all veterans in appreciation to those who served our country. To listen to the show live, log-on to AIROS.org or KZUM.org every Sunday night from 7-9 p.m. (C.T.) Also check "The Drum's" myspace page at www.myspace.com/thedrum402. For more info about Natives in the military check out the AIROS Memorial Day playlist from the blog page.
Tobias (Omaha, Dakota, Navajo, Cherokee) & Jessica ( Paiute, Bannock) honored this year's graduating Native students with Honor songs. No more late night study sessions, exams and no more snow days. For those high school students we hope its off to college in the fall. However, The Drum supports the efforts of those Natives who have earned their diplomas & degrees. They are an inspiration to all Native people and we hope good wishes for those graduating this spring. Among the Honor songs include artists like Crazy Horse Singers, Black Eagle and Lakota Thunder.
This year I (Tobias co-host of "The Drum" & "NSNV") was able to visit "Gathering of Nations" Pow-wow in Albuquerque. The weather was awesome and a lot of beautiful native people. It was hosted outside this year and next year it should be back at "The Pit". Stage 49 was a place to be for contemporary Native artists. And the artists put on a great show, it was like a Native music festival and more!! The venders and art market was also amazing. I think there is something for anyone and everyone. This year I also made it to the "All Nations Skate Jam". It was a positive event and was something for the youth to participate in. I tried skating the half pipe as a teen and I respect them boyz who didn't quit. Albuquerque also offered plenty of resturants and other activities. One weekend was not enough time to do everything. Next year I'm gonna plan and extra day, because three days isn't enough. Anyway, its Pow-wow season and if going to a Pow-wow isn't an option, listen to "The Drum" on AIROS.org every Sunday night from 7-9 p.m. central time. A great place on the web for Pow-wow music with Tobias & Jessica!!
This week in preparation of "Gathering of Nations" Pow-Wow Tobias & Jessica played music from previous years from the Pow-Wow. "Gathering of Nations" is hosted annually and this is the first year that it will be at the U.N.M. stadium, it was previously held at "The Pit". If there was a Pow-wow to go to this would be it. The competitions are very competitve and drums bring their A-game. It is also a great place to meet up with old freinds and new ones. Anyway, here is a play list of drums that have sang at the Pow-Wow. Log onto "The Drum" myspace page. Also listen to the show live every week on KZUM.org & AIROS.org every Sunday from 7 - 9 p.m. (C.T.)