A Gathering of People, Wind and Water features Native performers

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – The Gathering of People, Wind and Water is a Native art market and cultural celebration at Main Street Square in Downtown Rapid City on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The goal of the festival is to create an annual local market for tribes of the Great Plains. Incredible contemporary and traditional Native performers will be on hand for the festival and all performances are FREE.

Sequoia Crosswhite plays original contemporary music on guitar and Lakota flute. Sequoia, who resides in Rapid City, is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. He is a descendent of Chief War Eagle and Chief Swift Cloud. Sequoia is a tour guide, Grass Dancer, accomplished musician and works to preserve the cultural heritage of his tribe.

KEVIN LOCKE (12 p.m. Children’s Hoop Dance Workshop, 3:30 pm Traditional Lakota flute and storytelling)
Kevin Locke (Hunkpapa/Anishanabe) is known world-wide for incredible performances and educational workshops on Native culture. This dynamic performer will conduct a FREE Children’s Hoop Dancing workshop in Main Street Square at noon, and perform his internationally known traditional Lakota flute show at
3:30 pm. More info on Kevin at http://www.kevinlocke.com/kevin/index.html

The Whitesell Family (Hunkpapa Sioux), famous for many years of dancing at Crazy Horse Memorial, will perform beautiful traditional dances with Native drum and singing to share their culture with audiences at Main Street Square.

Ulali features Pura Fe (Tuscarora) and Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora). In 1987, Ulali created a new a capella sound blending their strong traditional roots with contemporary musical sensibilities. Ulali’s sound encompasses an array of indigenous music including southeast choral singing (pre-blues and gospel) and pre2 Columbian (before the borders music). Ulali’s music has appealed to fans across cultural boundaries and they have built a devoted national and international following attracted to their potent vocal chemistry, unusual harmonies and politically charged songs. SCATTER THEIR OWN (6:30 p.m.) Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford, are an Alternative Rock Duo of Oglala Lakota Ancestry from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Scotti Clifford has performed across the U.S. and Canada as a vocalist, back-up vocalist, bass-player, drummer and guitarist. Now Scotti (singer/songwriter/guitarist) fronts the duo with Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford (bassist/rhythm) in the band Scatter Their Own. The band, lyrically, pays tribute to the concepts and philosophy of their Lakota culture while fusing alternative rock and blues into what they would like to call Alter-Native Rock and Roll. They believe their music celebrates Grandmother Earth. The band has built a loyal fan base nationally and tours constantly throughout the U.S. and Canada. See more about the band at http://www.scattertheirown.com/the-band/.

FRANK WALN (7:30 p.m.)
A rising force in Native American Hip Hop, Frank Waln (Sincango Lakota) is an award-winning hip hop artist who believes we all deserve to be happy, healthy and respected. Frank is a recipient of a Gates Millennium Scholarship, who studied two years of pre-med at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, before giving it up to pursue his dream fully with music. He is an artist, producer and performer who hails from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, but currently resides in Chicago.

Culture Shock Camp originated in the southern plains of Oklahoma with a vision and message of healthy lifestyles, drug and alcohol free wellness, spirituality, culture and language preservation, artistic and musical expression, leadership, teamwork and goal setting. Founded by Brian Frejo (Pawnee/Seminole) C4G has provided invaluable education services and entertainment to more than 200 reservations and urban Indian communities. Frejo’s powerful programs have affected the lives of thousands of Native and non-Native youth throughout the U.S. For more information or interview opportunities, contact Jessica Miller at Jessica@artsrapidcity.org or 605.716.7979. Schedule and times are subject to change.

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