Alibi V.18 No.17 • April 23-29, 2009 


Powwow Guide 2009

26 th Gathering of Nations Powwow

North America's largest powwow is packed with Native foods, traditional dancing and music, and 800 artists and traders. This year's Stage 49 features music and entertainers from across North America (See "Gathering of Nations Entertainment Schedule").

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Gathering of Nations Entertainment Schedule

Friday, April 24

Arena Floor

10 a.m. DerRic Starlight
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Member of the Second City Comedy Group in Toronto, Canada

10:30 a.m. Eli Secody
Phoenix, Ariz.
Traditional Native American music

11:10 a.m. Injunuity
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Native American rock ’n’ roll and folk

8 p.m. Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers
Alutiiq, Alaska
Dance and language

Stage 49

10:30 a.m. Yellow Bird Apache Dancers
Phoenix, Ariz.
Native American flute and acoustic guitar, storytelling, hoop dances and love songs

11:05 a.m. Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers

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Lyrical Warriors

Indigenous hip-hop at Gathering of Nations


Everything can change in one instant. RedCloud remembers well the moment that forever altered his life and set it skittering off on its present trajectory. He was in the sixth grade in Hawthorne, a predominantly black and Mexican-American community in South Los Angeles. (He's still proud to live there, now with his wife and 2-month-old son.) Sensing a fight, he joined a herd of kids as they broke into a run toward a patch of playground where two older black students were facing off. In Hawthorne, RedCloud says, kids learned to fight at a young age. Since the violence of gang life and abusive homes touched everyone sooner or later, toughness was a subject of study.

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