THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION OF NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC presented by
THE WORLD'S FIRST & LARGEST PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP-BASED ORGANIZATION FOR AMERICAN INDIGENOUS & ORIGINAL ROOTS MUSIC INITIATIVES
FOUNDED & INCORPORATED IN 1998
Over 1500 Music Makers Nominated - Over 400 Recording Artists Awarded To Date
American Indian - Canadian Aboriginal - Latin American Indigenous
The Music Industry's Only National Organization for the advancement & recognition of Native American Music Expressions Around The World
"NAMA is devoted to bringing Indigenous music to the world's consciousness" NY TIMES
A Message From NAMA President Ellen Bello
"Our recordings span from historical initiatives, prison writings of Leonard Peltier, to present day questions for the great Ogalala leader, Crazy Horse, and Native youth speaking louder than ever with their powerful raps about their poignant plights armed with a spirit of undaunted perserverence.
Music productions throughout our 35 categories reflect an impressive and diverse array of talent and soundscapes from all ages and tribal nations throughout the Americas and Europe.
These are the many voices of the original roots music of the Americas and they arrive at their strongest and in record-breaking numbers for all to hear. "
Ellen Bello Founder/President NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
Robbie Robertson & Walela
Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd & Blackfoot
Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead
Mato of Indigenous
The Doors' John Densmore
Janice-Marie & Pat Vegas
KC of KC & the Sunshine Band
Felipe Rose Village People
Jennifer Warnes, Joanne Shenandoah
Tommy Allsup (Buddy Holly) & Mario Ramirez (Ritchie Valens)
Despite the killing 3,000 wolves in the past two years, and a current population of 3,686 remaining in the United States (lower 48), a federal science panel just issued a report that plans to abandon wolf recovery in virtually all of the lower 48 states.
The American Gray Wolf, lives today in only 5 percent of it’s original and historic habitat. The grey wolf, one of the most beautiful wolves in the world, once inhabited most of North America in the hundreds of thousands, but was nearly exterminated over the last century.
A top predator species, wolves are critical to sustaining the proper functioning of ecosystems by helping keep prey populations in check. New state "management" laws have permitted the hunting and trapping of Gray Wolves and dramatically reduced the population in just a few short years. “This gruesome tally can't continue if we want wolf families -- especially those just now settling into new territories -- to have a real shot at recovery in places like Colorado, California and the Northeast” states the Center for Biological Diversity.
The question now is whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will push ahead with its plan to abandon wolf recovery as an endangered species. NAMA’s WOLF CD continues to build in sales and currently over 100 CDs have been donated to the NY Wolf & Conservation Center with more on order
Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for nearly 40 years before being stripped of their protection status by a legislative rider in 2011.
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS COME TOGETHER TO HONOR THE WOLF THROUGH A NEW CD CD Available as Digital Download or On Amazon.com
Native American Music Award winners and nominees have come together to give their gift of song to honor and protect their brother and teacher, the Wolf. Featured artists such as; Jimmy Lee Young & co-writer Davide Buzzi of Switzerland, Austrian-based group Big City Indians, The Gray Wolf Blues Band, Jack Gladstone, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Painted Raven, Joanne Shenandoah, Joseph FireCrow, Bobby Bullet St. Germaine, Silverwolf, The Plentywolf Singers, Rushingwind and Mucklow, Wade Fernandez, and Cal Silverfox have contributed beautiful and poignant songs for an upcoming CD compilation to benefit Gray Wolves and Wolf conservation centers such as one in New York which NAMA President, Ellen Bello recently visited (http://nywolf.org) and was greeted with howling throughout her visit. The CD will be released nationally on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 during a Full Wolf Moon or full moon and will retail for $9.99. The WOLF Cd is also available at Amazon.com.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently proposed rules that would remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened species nationwide, and turnover the ongoing management of wolf populations to local states. The Service aims to focus instead on protecting the Mexican wolf, an endangered subspecies which the Service has claimed is the only remaining population that needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Environmental and Wildlife groups call the move to nationally delist wolves premature, and claim that stripping protections from wolves will hinder their recovery which has not yet been accomplished. They point to states such as Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Wisconsin and Minnesota where delisting wolves has been followed by wolf hunting seasons that have killed more than 1,100 wolves and reduced the national population by 7 percent.
NAMA Founder and President, Ellen Bello recently contributed to an upcoming book celebrating 40 years of the Endangered Species Act, to be published by the Endangered Species Coalition. On November 13th, the Coalition invited Bello to a hosted celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act at the Library of Congress building in Washington, DC, where they showcased the book and honored Endangered Species Act heroes--including Members of Congress and others.
You can share your comments to continue to protect the Wolf and oppose this potential delisting by contacting your local Congressmen and State Senators.
Gray Wolves once ranged across the entire North American continent in the hundreds of thousands before facing extinction. Today, Native American wolves continue to be endangered and total only 5,000 to 6,000 in the lower 48 states.
"Everything in creation is a relative, no different than your aunt, uncle, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather or parents. All of society needs to understand that if a family member is dying that we, as a good relative, do everything we can to support their battle to live." - Albert White Hat, on the concept of Mitakuye Oyasin...All My Relatives
*Albert White Hat was a teacher of the Lakota language and advised on the movie Dances with Wolves.
Special Thanks to NY Rising and MUSICARES for their Superstorm Sandy Recovery Grants
NELLY FURTADO FEATURES CHAMPION HOOP DANCER & NAMA NOMINEETONY DUNCAN AT THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS AND IN MUSIC VIDEO
After a string of mesmerizing performances at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and in her new music video, "Big Hoops", Award-winning singer-songwriter, Nelly Furtado, will once again feature World Champion Hoop Dancer, Tony Duncan in her live performance at the 2012 Much Music Awards (MMVAs) on June 17th. The 2012 MMVAs will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. ET, on the Much Music channel in Canada and on Fuse in the U.S..
At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, Nelly Furtado debuted her new single “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)” in a live performance and featured Tony Duncan and his brother Kevin Duncan on stage hoop dancing in traditional regalia. Furtado also performed “Big Hoops” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where the Duncan brothers hoop danced in black clothing for that appearance. The official music video for “Big Hoops” also features Tony Duncan (Apache/Mandan-Arikara-Hidatsa) with brother Kevin and Tony’s wife Violet Duncan (Plains Cree). Tony Duncan has just released his own solo recording entitled, Earth Warrior (Canyon Records).
The 14th Annual Native American Music Awards was held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 8 p.m. The Show was sold out with limited seating available. When the Native American Music Awards resumed on May 10, 2013, after a postponement due to Superstorm Sandy, it marked the sixth consecutive time the show was held at the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The event featured more than 35 diverse awards categories and a post show party was held at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Café..
NAMA CEO & FOUNDER CONTRIBUTES TO A BOOK CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
New York, NY — Native American Music Awards & Association Founder and CEO, Ellen Bello, has recently contributed to a book entitled, Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40, celebrating 40 years of the Act and published by the Endangered Species Coalition. Never before has a such a wide range of authors written together about protecting threatened and endangered wildlife.
Bello is among other contributors which include conservation leaders as well as new voices for wildlife; actor Ed Begley Jr, Carter Roberts of the World Wildlife Fund, Jamie Rappaport of Defenders of Wildlife, Pulitzer Prize Winner Mary Oliver, Co-founder Save our Wild Salmon Pat Ford, CEO of Greenpeace Phil Radford, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, President & CEO The Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle, Explorer and Environmental Advocate Phillippe Cousteau, and the late President Richard Nixon who signed the Act in 1973.
By having a diverse range of voices in the book, the Endangered Species Coalition hopes to demonstrate that Americans from all walks of life care about endangered plants and animals while continuing to make an impact on the long-term protections of threatened and endangered species. This past November, the Endangered Species Coalition shared the book with important decision-makers at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and honored Endangered Species Act heroes which included many members of Congress.
Bello's contribution expresses the close relationship Native American musicians hold with nature. She states, "When you look into the eyes of nature, there is an undeniable and inherent sense of strength, beauty, knowledge and skill. Those same senses are clearly honored and expressed by artists in both contemporary and traditional Native American music initiatives. Native American song is integrally linked with our natural surroundings and various animal species. " Bello closes by commending the Endangered Species Act and reminds us, "As humans, only we have the ability and power to protect our wildlife from facing extinction."
CARLOS SANTANA RELEASES NEW CD, SHAPE SHIFTER, DEDICATED TO THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Legendary Mexican and American rock guitarist, Carlos Santana, released his new CD, Shape Shifter, a 13-song all instrumental recording on his new label, Starfaith Records, on May 15th. Shape Shifter is the 36th CD from this superior musician with tremendous notoriety and sensitivity. Carlos is dedicating Shape Shifter to all Native Americans, the first people of this land, and acknowledging Australia's 2008 apology to the Aborigines, and President Obama's signing of the 2009 Native American Apology Resolution. He says, "I encourage any and all countries (that have not as yet done so) to acknowledge the first people of their land, and make this a collective global effort." If you are a radio station and would like to request a copy of Shape Shifter for airplay, or if you would like to sell Shape Shifter in your store or on the pow wow trail, please contact us or email us at NAMAlive@aol.com
Carlos has also been very outspoken against NARAS and the recent dropping of the ethnic Grammy categories including the Native American music category. "You can't eliminate black gospel music or Hawaiian music or American Indian music or Latin jazz music because all this music represents what United States is: a social experiment," he was reported as saying in the Canadian news service, The Providence. The cover art of Shape Shifter was created by famed Comanche artist Rance Hood.
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