Happy New Year, y’all & best wishes as the seasons unfold. I hope you had a grand ole holiday time; for my part, I finally got some much needed rest & a spell to rotate some albums of 2016 — especially country releases — that I never got to hear during the course of last year. We of Cactus Rose are taking some time to conjure, connect culturally & write songs during January & then we will be doing two shows on the Brooklyn Country scene in February. I will be making my first live appearances of 2017 in upstate New York & in Connecticut — the latter being a major event I am not yet at liberty to share details about. Stay tuned to this page &
…In the meanwhile: hope can rope yer hearts to join Jonathan Demme & myself @ the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY next Saturday for his western movies screening series / live event “Saddle Up Saturdays.” I will serve as the guest artist / interlocutor for the presentation of Dixie lore & Lakota-themed Run Of The Arrow starring Rod Steiger, Brian Keith & Charles Bronson — followed by a discussion + Q&A. The screening will be preceded by Jonathan’s Standing Rock documentary: Protection Not Protest: The People of Standing Rock
Neither I nor my fellow bandmates in Cactus Rose, Jeff & Kimberly/KAR, have forgotten about Standing Rock or Split Rock, despite the switch in focus to Aleppo or the trend hoppers moving on to the next new thing; and we remain committed to helping stop all the black snakes threatening Turtle Island. So this event will be a good opportunity to come and hear about the Split Rock actions & other causes of Indian Country as well as how it was for me to grow up Indian loving the western genre & cowboy music in the Vietnam Era when antiheroes dominated horse operas while there was a revival of Native American consciousness in the real world beyond celluloid. A’ho*
Tix & more information available here: RUN OF THE ARROW w/ KANDIA CRAZY HORSE 1/14 @ noon JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER
January 5, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: Activism, AfroNative, Algonquin, AlgonquinPipeline, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Country Music, CountryandWestern, cowboys, cowgirls, Film, FilmScreening, HorseOperas, IndianCountry, IndianPoint, Indigenous, JacobBurnsFilmCenter, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYStandsWithStandingRock, RunOfTheArrow, SAPE, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, TurtleIslandLiberation, westerns | Leave a comment
Although Standing Rock has most captured the souls & minds of Indian Country during 2016, there are many black snakes afflicting Turtle Island — & I have been standing in solidarity with the Ramapough Lunaape water protectors of the Split Rock prayer camp in New Jersey that are trying to stop the Algonquin Pipeline project threatening the Hudson River & the surrounding lands of the Tri-State & New England. I & my band Cactus Rose have pledged to Ramapough Chief Dwaine Perry to be of support to Split Rock, as they hold the space & unite with other allied environmental and social justice groups of the region to stop this black snake. The news that Red Warrior Camp is leaving Standing Rock & withdrawing from the #NoDAPL fight there, even as they turn their energy & focus to other frontlines of Indian Country, has underscored the need for all of us pan-indigenous united folks to tend to the issues in our own backyards/home locales. Here’s some images from my visit to Split Rock this past weekend; all photos by me, except the 2 where I am pictured – by Hugo Kenzo
I will be addressing this activism tonight at my conversation/concert on protest music & activism @ Decolonize This Place in TriBeCa. Looking forward! A’ho*
( Kandia Crazy Horse & Jonathan Demme @ Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp in the land of the Ramapough Lunaape, NJ – by Japanese-Brazilian filmmaker Hugo Kenzo )
( The donations for the Ramapough Lunaape of the camp from me/my band Cactus Rose, @ my flat before the trip )
( #DefendTheSacred in the tents @ Split Rock prayer camp )
( Kandia Crazy Horse, water protector & Indian Country activist, @ Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp in NJ – by Hugo Kenzo )
December 12, 2016 | Categories: Red Road, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, Algonquin, AlgonquinPipeline, artivist, Black, BlackSnakeKillas, CactusRoseBand, ChiefDwainePerry, Country, Country Music, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, EnvironmentalCauses, HugoKenzo, IndianCountry, IndianPoint, Indigenous, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, LoveWaterNotOil, Mahwah, MniWiconi, Music, NewJersey, News, Prayer, Protect The Sacred, ProtestMusic, RamapoughLenape, RamapoughLunaape, RedRoad, SAPE, SplitRock, SplitRockSweetWaterPrayerCamp, StandingWithStandingRock, TurtleIslandLiberation | Leave a comment
As I have been these many months, I continue to be engaged in the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance in solidarity with the Oceti Sakowin of North Dakota – & now, supporting Split Rock as well (sanctioned by Red Warrior Camp), in solidarity with my cousin’s wife’s people, the Ramapough Lunaape of New Jersey, in order to stop the construction of the Algonquin Pipeline. Due to the escalation of attacks on the water protectors @ Standing Rock last Sunday night, I am receiving many communications on the cause & have now been invited to perform at yet another benefit for the camps, which will take place in NYC before Christmas. Other things are afoot as well & will relate about them as they unfold. Glad to note my Virginia Native great aunt is taking up flooding the phones to the president & state representatives with her circle of elders on behalf of Standing Rock!
( Kandia Crazy Horse, water protector, in Midtown NYC #mniwiconi #NoDAPL #NoAIM #defendthesacred #blacksnakekillers of Turtle Island )
For now, reflecting on having participated in the rally > march for Standing Rock last Wednesday @ Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan & then performing at the Benefit For Water Protectors of #StandingRock on Friday night — making our debut as Cactus Rose at Brooklyn’s famed Jalopy Theater for ole-timey/hillbilly/folk/mountain music. It was an honor to serve as the headliner for this benefit, with our special guest: Seminole/Shawnee/Mikisúkî singer/songwriter/activist Lonnie Moon Fire Harrington. I have been told by the organizer that the event raised almost $2,000 in donations, so – Wopila tanka to all who came through!
Enjoying these last days of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth — before band rehearsals resume for our full slate of December performances & attending two events this week for artists I greatly admire: tomorrow’s BET screening of the Sharon Jones documentary (in memoriam) & the private viewing of Morrison Hotel Gallery’s traveling Neil Young exhibit in SoHo on Thursday evening. Looking forward to seeing y’all out-n-about, as well as at the Standing Rock teach-in later this week @ Decolonize This Place – A’ho!
( Cactus Rose, Native Americana/cosmic country band, debut @ Jalopy Theater – pix by Jan Bell of The Maybelles )
November 28, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AltCountry, Artists, artivist, Benefit, BlackSnakeKillas, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Concert, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, CountryMusic, countryrock, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, DefendTheSacred, Honor The Treaties, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianKiller, IndianPoint, Indigenous, InMemoriam, IStandWithStandingRock, JalopyTheater, JanBell, Kandia Crazy Horse, MniWiconi, Muses, Music, NationalDayofAction, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NeilYoung, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, outlaw country, RamapoughLunaape, RezpectOurWater, SharonJones, southernbelles, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, StopSpectra, TheMaybelles | Leave a comment
Last night, I received Supermoon Medicine & then journeyed to the television station of Bronxnet to serve as a guest artist-activist on Fierce-Truthseeker’s (Tsalagi) show The Red Road East, which covers art, entertainment & political issues of Indian Country. As you may recall, I was the guest on the first-ever episode of the program & was happy to be asked back again — specifically for Native American Heritage Month — to speak on the Standing Rock & Split Rock resistance movement in the NYC / Northeast area, what actions we have done & plan for the future & promote the upcoming Standing Rock benefits I will be doing here: on 25 November @ Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn & the weekend of 16 December on Manhattan’s Upper East Side @ Ibex Puppetry. Additionally, I will be doing an artists & activism program on the current state of protest music, back at Decolonize This Place in TriBeCa on 12 December, with my Native Americana / Cosmic Country band Cactus Rose & special guest Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets. Stay tuned / follow me on Instagram for posters, ticket links & updates on these events.
When The Red Road East airs, will share the footage here for y’all outside the local NYC network. The Standing Rock benefits of Neil Young, Jackson Browne & Dave Matthews have gotten a lot more notice than the efforts of our grassroots collective of activists & generally, it’s difficult to get the media to pay attention to the creation of independent musicians without multi-million dollar teams behind them. Yet we are trying hard with very few resources to contribute to the cause with an all-female artists lineup Standing Rock benefit – the one slated for mid-December — to remind people that, despite the election outcome, #TheFutureIsFemale …So we thank you heartily for your support & for coming through to the concerts. I am a mite weary, but enjoying #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth to the fullest! A’ho*
( Kandia Crazy Horse @ Bronxnet studios, before the live taping on “The Red Road East” )
( Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose & Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets @ Bronxnet, after the taping of “The Red Road East” #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth x #BlackPower50 #indigenousfutures #IStandWithStandingRock )
(The set / studio of “The Red Road East” hosted by Fierce-Truthseeker #Tsalagi #Cherokee)
“Those who damage Mother Earth, damage us all / Forgive them / They don’t yet see”
– Neil Young
November 15, 2016 | Categories: Airplay, Interviews, Live, Red Road, Showout, Uncategorized | Tags: AbiodunOyewole, Activism, AfroNative, AlgonquinPipeline, Americana, AmericanHistory, Ancestors, Artists, artivist, Benefit, Black, BlackArtsMovement, BlackHistory, BlackPower50, BlackSnakeKillas, blackwomenartists, Bronxnet, Brooklyn, BrooklynCountry, Cherokee, Dakota Access Pipeline, DakotaAccessPipelineResistance, DecolonizeThisPlace, femaleartists, FierceTruthseeker, FreedomSongs, grassrootsartists, IbexPuppetry, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianPoint, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, JalopyTheater, Kandia Crazy Horse, MichaelLizzmoreJr, Music, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NativeLivesMatter, NeilYoung, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, poetry, Protect The Sacred, ProtestMusic, rap, SplitRock, spokenword, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StopSpectra, Supermoon, Television, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, TheRedRoadEast, Tsalagi | Leave a comment
( Ramapough Lunaape president/chief Dwaine Perry & Kandia Crazy Horse, Native Americana singer-songwriter/activist, of Cactus Rose band @ Central Park, after the Ramapough Lunaape clan mothers’ march in Manhattan )
We of the Eastern Nations in NYC / the Tri-State area are standing in solidarity with Standing Rock today for the National Day of Action. Check your local groups for opportunities to participate. I did prayerful advance marching with the Ramapough Lunaape Nation clan mothers & their Chief Dwaine Perry who came into Manahata from New Jersey on Sunday. We proceeded from Columbus Circle up through Central Park where we held the circle & performed water ceremonies prior to the Supermoon rise. I have been invited to sing in support & be of service at the Ramapough Lunaape water protector camp @ Split Rock in future & look forward to it. Many of us indigenous activists of the NY / NJ / CT area are committed to stopping Spectra, the Algonquin Pipeline, & halting any other pipeline projects that arise in the Northeast. As Sister Davidica Little Spotted Horse of the Oglala Lakota told us last week, the goal is for folks to attend to the black snakes in their own backyard rather than everyone converging on Standing Rock – still we have much to learn from the Oceti Sakowin & remain strong in solidarity with them as they defend The Mother – A’ho* #IStandWithStandingRock & #SplitRock #StandingRockNationalDayOfAction #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #mniwiconi #NoDAPL #NoAIM #LoveWaterNotOil
November 15, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, Algonquin, AlgonquinPipeline, artist, artivist, CentralPark, Connecticut, EnvironmentalCauses, femaleartists, IndianPoint, Indigenous, IStandWithStandingRock, Kandia Crazy Horse, Music, NationalDayofAction, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NativeLivesMatter, NewJersey, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYStandsWithStandingRock, ProtectTheSacred, RamapoughLenape, RamapoughLunaape, RezpectOurWater, Songbird, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, TheFutureIsFemale, TurtleIslandLiberation, Water Is Life, WaterCeremony, WaterNotOil | Leave a comment