The groundbreaking, GRAMMY-nominated album Native North America Vol. 1 features music from the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States, recorded in the turbulent decades between 1966 to 1985. It represents the fusion of shifting global popular culture and a reawakening of Aboriginal spirituality and expression. The majority of this material has been widely unavailable for decades, hindered by lack of distribution or industry support and by limited mass media coverage.
MEGAPHONO, Voluntary in Nature and the NAC Presents Series is very proud to present the Native North America Gathering at the National Arts Centre, featuring performances by veteran Indigenous songwriters from the Native North America Vol. 1 compilation (Light in the Attic Records), including Duke Redbird, Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback, Willy Mitchell, Leland Bell, and Eric Landry. Abenaki filmmaker and songwriter Alanis Obomsawin will also perform, and pay tribute to the late filmmaker and songwriting trailblazer Willie Dunn. This special program is produced by Native North America curator Kevin Howes.