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Reaching for the Stars: A visit with Star Nayea

Posted By PowWows.com April 15th, 2014 Last Updated on: April 15th, 2014

Artist and Activist Star Nayea is well known for her powerful voice. When she sings, her voice is a mighty outreach of  soul and strength.  When she speaks, she shares her story and her insights in an effort to stop the scourges that youth struggle against these days.  Recently, this outspoken performer poured out her heart in an interview with me.

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima

Q) You stay so busy! On the road! Touring! What's new in your world?



A) First of all, It's my honor to be in a position of being a professional public figure and my honor to be sharing this Tour information, with all who see this today. My Name is Star Nayea, I am First Nations Anishinabe, and originally from Canada. I've never found my birth family yet. I was illegally stolen from Manitoba, Canada at two months of
age, with zero ties to my birth Family and Birth Given Name, because of falsified records they created when they human trafficked me and 100's of thousands more, First Nations, Aboriginal and Metis infants from the years of 1940- 1978 before there was an ICWA ( Indian Child Welfare Act Law) in place. Although Native Indigenous Human Trafficking it's significantly reduced because of ICWA. I am but one, outspoken living survivor. I am also a Proud Single Mother to a Teenage boy, A National/International Youth/Teen Music Mentor, A Prevention Advocate for DV and Chemical Dependency.
Plus, I run and own my own Independent Native Production Company called Ravens Last Laugh Production. I live in Seattle, Washington.

Q) Stirring story! Thanks for sharing your personal opinions and experience. With such a dramatic break with your original cultural heritage, how do you incorporate your tribal identity into your life now?

A) Actually, I never embraced my culture through Singing at all. I embraced my cultural through innate spirituality which allowed for my spirit and soul to be healed from my Intergenerational Trauma with Healing power of MUSIC and continued this healing with Healing Through the Arts.

Q) It's intriguing that you don't feel that singing was a way that you embraced your culture. So, exactly what does singing mean to you?

A) It means everything. Music/Singing Saved my life. Hopefully, it allows me the honor of sharing that exact healing entity with others, who are in dire need.

Q) You truly understand the impact of cultural loss and historical grief and trauma. I applaud the efforts you have made to change your own life and to heal. How do you encourage the next generation in our precious Native culture and traditions?

A) Being a product of the “Lost Generation”, I implore this generation to embrace all we could not. Your culture MAKES you who you are. We were stolen and removed from our Culture, therefore never had the privilege of seeing, partaking, feeling and experiencing our culture, learning all of whom were are from the sacrifice our Ancestors made so that we may survive. This generation is a vital component to making sure we don't disappear. Cultural preservation is in dire need.



Q) You certainly have been rewarded for your efforts! What are some of the awards and achievements you have earned?

A) I was given the honor of partaking in Native GRAMMY Award winning CD called “Sacred Ground”. My song “Mountain Song” was one of many that contributed to the GRAMMY Win. The I have won three NAMA awards and two Native entertainment Music awards as well.

A) What are some of the obstacles you had to overcome in order to achieve the success you enjoy now?

A) ME, #1… I had, and still have to overcome being my own worst enemy, my worst critic, and also the one person who would hold myself back from achieving my dreams, and carrying out my goals. Primarily as a direct result of Intergenerational Trauma and giving into all that comes with that. Addiction, lack of self worth, lack of self confidence. lack of self LOVE…ETC. The obstacles never really stop coming. It's a constant dance to achieve and maintain balance.
As they say, “nothing in life is worth having if it comes easy”,”That which doesn't break you, makes you stronger”.
I am here to say, both are very true. You learn as you grow, you grow as you learn.

Q) What are the most important qualities of a popular Singer?

A) Staying true to who YOU are! Not what OTHERS want you to be. Or what you THINK you should be based on popular opinion! Don't lose your focus, on what others are doing, achieving. Listen and follow your own musical and spiritual heartbeat. Pay attention to your own dreams and visualize your future, don't search for it through false idols like Alcohol, Drugs, Addictive Behaviors,foods and not being true to WHO you were born to be.

Q) Who are some of your favorite singers?

A) I love many singers. Too many to name. I don't tend to listen to other peoples music so I can stay original. If I listen to other singers and music on the radio, I tend to start sounding like that I am listening to. Be yourself. Find your own voice. Make sure music is what you're supposed to do. Or it won't be fun, let alone lucrative. It's easy to get distracted. It's hard to remain focused. Because of very little originality left in the world. So, stay true to you. Be as original as possible.
Never sign your life away or your music away to anyone. Learn about the business, study it well. Stay in School, Then, get more education before you embark in this business. Because if you don't know the in's and out's of this business, it will finish you, before you begin. Live a CLEAN, Sober Lifestyle, don't ever take your gift for granted!
Hone your craft and keep honing it, until there is nothing left to learn ( Which should be never ).

Q) What would you like us to know that we don't already know about you?

A) That I am a Diehard Seattle Seahawk Fan, 12th WO-MAN all the way. I LOVE the HGTV channel all things interior decorating, and home building.

Thanks so much for sharing with us.

https://mybizcard.co/star.nayea.727029

Star Nayea's music camp Students!
reverbnation.com/teacherstar
reverbnation.com/rockintherezyouth

Star Nayea on Reverbnation:
reverbnation.com/starnayea
reverbnation.com/alittlebigband

Star Nayea on You Tube.
youtube.com/STARNAYEA

Star Nayea on Face book:
www.facebook.com/SNayea
www.facebook.com/StarNayeaMusic4U

Star Nayea on myspace:
myspace.com/nayeawicahpi

 

Star Nayea's music camp Students!
reverbnation.com/teacherstar
reverbnation.com/rockintherezyouth

Star Nayea on Reverbnation:
reverbnation.com/starnayea
reverbnation.com/alittlebigband

Star Nayea on You Tube.
youtube.com/STARNAYEA

Star Nayea on Face book:
www.facebook.com/SNayea
www.facebook.com/StarNayeaMusic4U

Star Nayea on myspace:
myspace.com/nayeawicahpi


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