9/23/2013 5:14:00 PM Radmilla Cody part of VVAC's Festival of American Indian Arts
Radmilla Cody sings traditional songs of Dine (Navajo) that embrace the heritage of her matrilineal line. Her heartfelt performance includes two patriotic songs, God Bless America and America the Beautiful, in the elegant Navajo language. Raised in traditional Navajo ways, Cody’s music provides the listener a glimpse into the life of the Navajo of today. Cody received the 2013 Native American Music Association Album of the Year award for Shi Keyah. Sung in the traditional style of the Dine’, these new songs honor Mother Earth, the homeland of the people and the veterans who served our country as well as a humorous look at life in Dinetah. Courtesy photo by Robert Doyle/Canyon Records.
Flutist Anthony Wakeman will perform at the Canyon Records Recording Artist Showcase Saturday at 7 p.m.
If you go ...
What: Fifth annual Festival of American Indian Arts
When: Sept. 27-29
Where: Native American Film Night, Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road. Sedona.
Invitational American Indian Art Show, Camp Verde Community Center, Hollamon and Main streets, Camp Verde.
Canyon Records Artist Showcase Concert, Camp Verde Auditorium Theater, 370 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde.
Radmilla Cody, 2012 Grammy-nominated artist, will be the featured performer at the Canyon Records Recording Artist Showcase on Saturday at the Camp Verde Multi-Use Complex, 370 Camp Lincoln Road.
The showcase, co-sponsored by Canyon Records, is part of the 5th Annual Festival of American Indian Arts, held by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and will feature Canyon Records musicians and dancers, including five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan with his wife Violet Duncan; musical group Estun-Bah; and flute soloist Anthony Wakeman.
"Canyon Records has always recognized the value of establishing long-term relationships - whether it be with a recording artist, business, museum or organization," said Kathy Norris, Director of Promotions for Canyon Records. "Canyon has worked with Ken Zoll [VVAC executive director] over the past few years in recommending artists for events and we are delighted to be co-presenting this showcase of talent for the upcoming 5th Annual Festival of American Indian Arts concert benefiting the Verde Valley Archaeology Center."
Born and raised in the Navajo Nation, Cody is an Indie Award Winner, Native American Award Nominee and international performer. Cody has made four recordings for Canyon Records.
"As an Indigenous woman of Dine' descent it is an honor to participate in this festival taking place within the Yavapai people's homeland," Cody said. "This gives us the opportunity as Indigenous people to show and share with native and non-native people that our culture is still vibrant and important to us."
"It is very important to give back to ones community," Cody added. "From a Dine' perspective, our society is based on the philosophy of Ke' (Kinship), which strengthens family through the tools that we acquired from both the Dine' culture and the western society. With these tools, we are able to strengthen ourselves as Dine' people. I'm sure this concept of kinship exists within other indigenous communities."
Besides Saturday's talent showcase, the weekend festival, scheduled for September 27-29, will include a Native American Film Festival, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Sedona Creative Life Center, located at 333 Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona. Film festival tickets are $10.
Lovers of Native American art will also be able to enjoy the Invitation Native American Art Show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Camp Verde Community Center, located on Main Street and Hollamon Street. The art show will feature artists from Arizona and New Mexico, as well as performances by the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers. Admission is free.
The mission of the VVAC, said Zoll, is of both prehistoric history and also Native American history to the present. The annual festival is one way for VVAC to share this history with the general public.
"To make people aware this is an area originally settled by Native Americans and that Native Americans still live in the Verde Valley," Zoll said. "And we always give the Yavapai-Apache Nation a double-booth to let people know about their cultural heritage in the Verde Valley."