Akawui and the Redtail Spirit Singers bring the eagle and the condor together through music!

Akawui and the Redtail Spirit Singers bring the eagle and the condor together through music!

Posted By Corinne Oestreich September 19th, 2018 Blog

Many are familiar with the Prophesy of the Eagle and the Condor. (Click here to read it.)

Through music, Akawui and the Redtail Spirit Singers fuse together indigenous music from the North and the South Americas.

Akawui states..”In The Andes (of) South America we have the rhythm Tinku which is very similar to straight powwow rythm songs. I met Jesse Achnepineskum who's Ojibway/Cree and Sings for Redtail Spirit Singers. I told him about the idea,  he liked it and wrote the powwow songs in anishinabemowin. In the studio after recording the song, another member of the group Wishe Maimkah invited me to join Redtail Spirit Singers.

I was more than honored to do so. I'm Chilean from my dad's side. He's Mapuche First Nation. He's started playing Andean/South American Indigenous music in Canada in the early 80's.  Music was my link to Nativeness. I've been apart of RTSS for almost 4 years now. My 2 yrs old son is half Chilean Mapuche/ Chippewa and First Nation people and culture are now home for me as well.”

There is a desire to seek and know one's indigenous culture, and that is exactly what Akawui has done, he has also started a clothing line that utilizes his indigenous patterns and colors of the Mapuche people. This brings the indigenous culture into modern style, making it accessible to youth and other urban indigenous peoples.

Click here to visit his apparel site!

Through the music of Akawui and the RTSS, there has been a fusion of north and south. It has resonated with audiences nationwide, including Mundial Montreal.

If you like their music follow along on Facebook! Here.

About Corinne Oestreich

Corinne Oestreich (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with powwows.com since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.



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