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Powwow Country: Centennial Summerfest, June 16, 2012 - New Mexico


Compiled by Shari Narine







Centennial Summerfest, June 16, 2012
Alburquerque, New Mexico

The talents of the Navajo Nation will be featured prominently as part of the Centennial Summerfest as New Mexico celebrates 100 years. From storytelling to reggae music to blues rock to comedy, talent abounds in First Nations. Onawa L. Lacy is a storyteller, model, singer, motivational speaker, and host. She is a member of the Navajo Nation. Onawa held the titles of Miss Indian New Mexico (2001-2002), Miss Indian World (2003-2004), and Miss New Mexico USA (2005-2006). She has also appeared on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, and The Morning Show. Native Roots, consisting of John Williams (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Sioux) and vocalist/lyricist Shkeme Garcia (Tamaya/Jemez Pueblos), are dedicated to their unique sound and spirit of reggae music, which is strongly influenced by Native American life, culture and music. They have recorded three CDs, all having been nominated for awards, and are working on their fourth CD to be released winter 2012. The comedy of James Junes and Ernest Tsosie, III of the Navajo Nation includes their take on current issues with their stand-up routine enlivened by dance skits, imitations and use of props. The Plateros is a three-piece family blues rock power trio, from the Navajo Nation. One of the family’s performing highlights is participating in the 2009 US Presidential Ball. The giant Centennial Summerfest on Central Avenue between 2nd and 10th streets will feature a total of five stages.

For more information check out: www.abqsummerfest.com