By Tristan Spinski
Martha Redbone, a New York City-based performer who is headlining the weekend celebration, says it’s important to know your past to get where you’re going. She says she draws on her Cherokee and Choctaw heritage for her music, which she describes as rhythm and blues infused with traditional native music.
“Most of America and the world doesn’t know Native Americans exist,” Redbone says, now in her fifth year as a performer at the event. “And we don’t exist like we’re depicted in Hollywood films.”
Below: "Doreen Duncan, left, with Yellow Bird Apache Dancers, a Native American dance troupe from Mesa, Ariz., holds hands with Carmela Sievers, right, 3, of Bonita Springs, during a group dance at the 13th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010." (Tristan Spinski/Staff)