June 22, 2007

Hip hop at the Eiteljorg

Eiteljorg's Indian Market will be artistic wellspring"I grew up with a traditional drum ceremony religion. We practice drum ceremonies that are based on the same philosophy as, I want to say, Christianity. We pray to the drum to get to God, in the same way as Christians pray to Jesus to get to God. Basically, there's only one higher power, only one creator."

When it came to a musical form of expression, it seemed natural for Malone to turn to hip-hop.

"African-Americans were sharing their culture and their ways. I thought it would be interesting for Native Americans to do that, too," said Malone, who has documented ancestry from the Oneida tribe.

"For me as a Native American, it was a way to channel my feelings and everything we go through as a culture. I also thought it would be an opportunity to give back to young Native people."

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