Combining the voices of many struggles, peoples and nations, the#NationHood Mixtape brings together an amazing array of hip-hop, spoken word, beats, ideas and sounds from artists across the world.
This is music for the movement: songs to inspire the liberation of oppressed peoples globally, and to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together in rhythmic force. For this mix, I wanted to showcase a diversity of styles that illustrate our commonalities in struggle, our shared experiences, and the many ways in which our words—in whatever language we sing and speak them—locate us in common purpose, resistance, and action to transform the world.
From LA to Chicago, Detroit to New Brunswick, Germany to Palestine, Phoenix to Greece, Nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕ , Tsalagi and Six Nations, to Anishinaabe and Mi’kmaq, and everywhere in between, the #NationHood Mixtape spans hoods and communities across Turtle Island and the globe.
Kinanaskomitin and much respect to all of the incredible artists who donated their time and music to the project.
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Diné artist & educator
Raven is involved in many projects. Check them all out. Starting with indigenous art collective Postcommodity, electroacoustic-drone-improv Apothecary Blue,thrash metal Tenderizor, solo work in neofolk noise, and his experimental classical compositions.
From an insightful interview, Raven discusses early influences:
"I was always trying to form a great heavy metal band. I would always end up with the worst performers, with the worst instruments, they couldn’t play, they couldn’t play in time, they couldn’t play in tempo, they would stretch time… After awhile that just became a preference to getting a sound."
Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) brings together Indigenous youth in middle and high school, non-Native university students, and Indigenous artists to construct a series of seven lowrider bicycles based on the sacred Anishnaabeg teachings known as Niizhwaaswi G’mishomisinaanig or Our Seven Grandfathers. These seven core values, seen in the pennants exhibited in the gallery, include concepts such as Nbwaakaawin (Wisdom), Zaagi’idiwin (Love), Minaadendamowin (Respect), Aakwa’ode’ewin (Bravery), Debwewin (Truth), Dibaadendiziwin (Humility), and Gwekwaadiziwin (Honesty).
Working collaboratively, the lowrider bicycles became the impetus to explore issues of migration, mobility, labor, economics, individual and collective identity, as well as community history. Of specific importance was our desire to merge Native youth culture with traditional stories, knowledge, and artmaking. This project evokes the bicycle as a contemporary evocation of the Red River cart (li michif sharey), a common and important marker of Métis identity and communal livelihood. For the Métis nation, li michif sharey symbolizes the way that Indigenous communities have commonly migrated from one location to another, frequently crossing illegitimate national borders in the process. Unfortunately, Métis people rarely use the cart as a viable means of transportation, as it was surpassed by the automobile some time ago. Changes to diet and the reliance on the automobile has significantly altered the health of Native communities, creating a pandemic of diabetes, obesity, and related non-communicable diseases. Each of these issues exists at the foundation of Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes).
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my new favorite picture from the ongoing assertions of Mi’kmaq sovereignty at Elsipogtog! so inspired by these courageous Native women fighting for their people, lands, & nation [source]