Based in Los Angeles, California, the women of In Lak Ech not only perform poetry and song but also organize cultural celebrations, participate in conferences, and conduct workshops for diverse communities. In Lak Ech is a Mayan concept meaning, "you are my other me" - tu eres mi otro yo.
Singing original songs in the Cherokee language, these Northern California women seek to preserve the native language. Their CD was nominated in 2007 for two Native American Music Awards.
"Above all else, we lift credit to our Creator for giving us purpose and the strength to chase our dreams. All-women drums are not new. Women have served in many roles throughout history, with Native women accepting responsibility in every area of life in our world. Our purpose at the drum has always been to mentor youth along a cultural road, to keep our language and songs, and to follow the heartbeat of the drum. Along this journey we pursue our health, identity, language and knowledge through the heartbeat of the drum."
Internationally known Cherokee flutist, 2005 Indian Summer Music Award Nominee for Best Flute Music, 2006 Nammy Nominee Best New Age Album, and Coalition of Visionary Retailers Award Finalist for Best World Music.
Their mission: "To perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee."
The Museum contains:
Arhives, a major research center, with Cherokee materials dating from 1830.
Educational Resources offering training and workshops.
Exhibits and Collections telling the story of the Cherokee and their ancestors from twelve thousand years ago through the present.
The Museum Store--check it out!
Distributor of Native American music and distributes Feather River Singers CD to retail outlets.
Drumbeat Indian Arts, Inc.
4143 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 266-4823/(800) 895-4859
Fax (602) 265-2404
email AZDRUMBEAT@AOL.com, Attn: Bob
The Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe are Indigenous American Indians who have inhabited the regions of Nevada and Plumas counties of California for thousands of years. They are dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of their language, culture, history, and heritage.