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welcome to Indian country

August 13 @ 7:00 pm

$30 – $40

Spend an evening in celebration of Native culture through music and storytelling. Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate, and a diverse, world-class five-piece contemporary Indigenous music ensemble collaborate for lyrical storytelling told through song and spoken word. Together they weave new compositions and songs with witty, wise and poignant poetry and satire to honor the elders and ancestors.

Welcome to Indian Country begins at 7PM and includes an array of compositions by Native American artists with material written by Priest specifically for the performance and based on interviews with performers. The ensemble includes musical director and trumpet player Delbert Anderson (Dineì); fiddle player and guitarist Nokosee Fields (Osage); vocalist, pianist, and guitarist Lyz Jaakola (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior); drummer and percussionist Nicholas Lucero (of Peruvian and Spanish descent); and bassist, singer, composer and songwriter Mali Obomsawin (Odanak First Nation, Canada).

“We all need a good celebration, and music is the language of the soul,” said Andre Bouchard, the show’s producer and director. The outdoor event takes place at 406 Events Lawn at Red Oxx in east Billings. Doors open at 4PM and gate access is located at 323 N. 14th St., on the southwest corner of Fourth Avenue.

“There’s so much richness and love that we can share,” said Bouchard, who was born on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana and is of Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend d’Oreille/Salish descent. “Music is the medium. Storytelling is the medium.”

Bouchard is the founder of the nonprofit Indigenous Performance Productions, based in Olympia, Wash. The organization aims to spread the word about the prominent roles Native artists play in the development of American music and performing arts.

“We’re excited to be in Montana,” said Bouchard. “I have a place in my heart that will always be in Montana.”

During the event, The Pretty Shield Foundation will erect teepees in the traditional Apsáalooke (Crow) style and host a Lighting of the Teepees event on the grounds of Red Oxx.


August 13
7:00 pm
$30 – $40
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Red Oxx Events Lawn
324 N 13th St
Billings, MT 59101 United States
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