"First Nations, First Peoples, First Voices"

EVENT DATE: August 17, 2002
For media information, interviews or photos, contact:
Mazatl Galindo or Seth Roffman, Co-producers - 505-989-8898

Native Roots & Rhythms 2002, the eighth annual American Indian performing arts showcase, will be at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe at 7:30 pm, Saturday, August 17th. Gates open at 6:30 pm. The show coincides with the Santa Fe Indian Market.

NR&R 2002 will again feature some of the best contemporary and traditional Native music, dance, storytelling and comedy from across the continent. Featured performers will include 2002 GRAMMY® Award winners Primeaux & Mike (Best Native American Recording), NAMA Best Female Artist Mary Youngblood, acclaimed Peruvian recording artist Tito La Rosa (Quechua), master Aztec composer/musician Mazatl Galindo, percussionist Benito Concha of Taos Pueblo and vocalist Shkeme Garcia of Santa Ana Pueblo. Native America Calling radio host Harlan McKosato will host the event. Special Guests will be announced.

Tickets are $20 general admission or $50 for reserved seating (plus service charge). Children 10 and under are free. Tickets may be charged by phone: 505-988-1234, purchased at the Lensic box office in Santa Fe or on the internet at For more information, please call 505-989-8898.

The Native Roots & Rhythms Festival has become one of the nation's leading venues for Native performing artists. In the past seven years the event has showcased more than 250 performers, including the American Indian Dance Theatre, the stage spectacular TRIBE, singers and dancers from all 19 pueblos of New Mexico, the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Buffy Ste. Marie, Floyd Westerman Red Crow, Joanne Shenandoah, Kashtin, Robert Mirabal, Bill Miller, Kevin Locke, John Trudell, Ulali, Walela with Rita Coolidge, ClanDestine, Litefoot, Jerry Alfred, Matthew Andrae, Cherokee Rose, Brent Michael Davids and many others.

In 1999 and 2000, Native Roots & Rhythms co-sponsored with the GRAMMY® Foundation, Inc., a non-profit arm of the GRAMMY® Awards, a special GRAMMY in the Schools® symposium on Native music & performing arts for Native American students. The Grammy Awards established a category for Native American music in 2001.

NR&R is sponsored in part, by the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Southwest Learning Centers and the Martin Foundation.

A non-profit production of E.N.I.P.C and Southwest Learning Centers, Inc.

P.O. Box 8627 Santa Fe, NM 87504-8627
(505) 989-8898 fax:(505) 982-5029

Native American Performing Arts Showcase
The recent establishment of a Native American category for the Grammy Awards, the music industry's most prestigious honor, brings real recognition for Native music and increased respect for Native cultures. Native music has found unprecedented creative and commercial success as audiences worldwide discover its rich heritage and enormous diversity. 2001
Native Roots & Rhythms 2001
WesStudi, Drew Lacapa, Gary Farmer

One of the country's leading venues for Native performing arts is the annual Native Roots & Rhythms, a multimedia event which showcases contemporary and traditional music, dance, storytelling and comedy from across the continent. Sponsored in part by the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, NR&R has been staged during the Santa Fe Indian Market in August for the past seven years. In addition to visitors from around the world who come looking for a cultural experience, many Native artisans and their kids attend the event.

Native Americans include the peoples of Central, South America and the Arctic. The Native Roots & Rhythms Festival demonstrates the wide range of musical expression available from our elder brothers and sisters. NR&R has featured over 250 Native artists since its inception, including the American Indian Dance Theatre, the stage spectacular TRIBE, singers and dancers from all 19 pueblos of New Mexico, the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Buffy Ste. Marie, Floyd Westerman Red Crow, Joanne Shenandoah, Geraldine Barney, Clan/destine, Matthew Andrae, Kashtin, Robert Mirabal, Walela with Rita Coolidge, Ulali, Bill Miller, John Trudell, A. Paul Ortega, Jerry Alfred, Cherokee Rose, Brent Michael Davids, Mazatl Galindo, Vincent Craig, Litefoot, the Hopi Youth Dancers, the Rio Grande Singers,Tonemah, Paul LaRoche, Kevin Locke, Simon Ortiz and many others.

Fire Dancer
Photo: Leslie Shively
Presenting Native American performers to the public is not a simple thing. There are differing perspectives and approaches. Some traditional Native music and dance is ceremonial and not meant for public performance outside of the village. Some is not for the public at all. On the other hand, some traditional performers are able to bridge their heritage and talent in respectful and creative ways, giving audiences the rare opportunity to experience the essential voice of Native people. The Native ways of life retain great lessons & wisdom that seem to resonate more than ever in these extraordinary times.

Of course, elements of Native music are now seen in songs and dances utilizing a variety of contemporary musical forms. Most contemporary Native performers understand that the cultural foundations must be preserved, while at the same time there are new ways to express cultural and personal perspectives. A distinct Native sound provides a unique identity. From there the performer allows himself the freedom to branch out and explore.

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