Bill Miller, Ulali, Tree Cody, Aztecs, LaCapa To Perform At Discover Native America 2000
ST. PETERSBURG - American Indian Country's top performer, Mohican songwriter Bill Miller, will join legendary Native woman's group Ulali, flautist Robert Tree Cody, Seminole Chief Jim Billie, the Aztec Fire Dancers and comedian Drew LaCapa as headliners for the Seminole Tribe of Florida's Discover Native America (DNA) Powwow and American Indian Festival, March 4-5, 2000 on the campus of Eckerd College.
This will be the second straight year that the Seminoles have brought DNA to the Eckerd campus. Last year's event drew more than 20,000 people over the weekend; the Y2000 show will combine top Native entertainment, a full powwow, children's village, marketplace and an American Indian film festival.
Miller, known for his haunting ballads and hypnotic melodies, stunned the indigenous music world last month with five first-place "Nammy" prizes at the Native American Music Awards in Albuquerque, N.M. The man who calls himself the "Altered Native" took first place for Song Of The Year (GhostDance), Songwriter Of The year, Folk Artist Of The Year, Male Artist Of The year and Artist Of The Year.
Ulali features the electrifying voices of Pura Fe (Tuscarora), Soni (Mayan, Apache, Yaqui) and Jennifer (Tuscarora). Together since 1987, their powerful sound has been featured on the soundtrack for the Miramax film "Smoke Signals," onstage with the Indigo Girls and on the Tonight Show with Robbie Robertson. Their live performances are full of drum, rattle and stomp and uniquely address Native struggles and accomplishments.
Tree Cody, of Dakota heritage and an enrolled member of the Salt River Maricopa Community, is a 6 foot 10 inch flute player of masterful versatility and winner of the 1999 Nammy for Best New Age Album, his latest release "Maze." He will be performing with his wife, Marlene and indigenous Mexican percussionist and musician magician Xavier Qyijas Yxayotl
Chief Billie released his first national album of songs and stories - "Alligator Tales" - last year and was awarded both Best Debut Artist and the Living Legend Award by the Native American Music Association last month in Albuquerque.
From Mexico City, the wondrous Aztec Fire Dancers are the Salinas family, favorites at indigenous events across the globe. With elaborate traditional costumes and lively dances utilizing fire and hypnotic staccato drumming, the Aztecs are Discover Native America regulars.
Andrew "Drew" LaCapa (Apache, Hopi, Tewa) is considered Indian Country's top stand-up-comedian.This Arizona Native will be DNA master of ceremonies.
Discover Native America is co-sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg and is free to the public. The event will open each day at 10 a.m. and run until dark. A toll free number has been set up for those seeking more information: 1-800-535-2228.