The Prince Albert Daily Herald
“A voice of an angel and the soul of a poet”
Violet Naytowhow,wapan achak(Morning Star)Northern Cree singer/songwriter is based in Prince Albert.(Kistupinanik-sitting pretty place)She has a voice that could bring you to tears,and a sense of humor that would quickly bring you to laughter,. Her songwriting and singing is unique to her life that has taken her across canada,playing guitar, hand drum, rattle and singing - both as part of music festivals, cultural events, conferences, ceremonies and community and family events. She has recorded, played, and been part of festivals and entertainer lineups with: M’Girl, Billy Joe Green, Joe Naytowhow, Chester Knight, Wayne Lavallee, Jason Burnstick, Leela Gilday, Eekwol, C-Weed, Derek Miller, Digging Roots, (Kevin Kane,and Tracey Bone (to mention a few.) She is a musical role model throughout northern Saskatchewan in many Aboriginal communities.
Her first recording, was produced by Wayne Lavallee based in Vancouver entitled ‘Wind of the North’; Lavallee is an award winning singer/songwriter and producer. The CD features a stellar lineup of guest musicians such as: Grammy nominated, Kevin Kane on electric guitars/bass (The Grapes of Wrath), hip hop recording artist Eekwol, guitarist Jason Burnstick, vocalists Cheryl L’Hirondelle & Renae Morriseau of M’Girl and renowned percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Pepe Danza.
‘Wind of the North has garnered Violet two nominations from the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Best Female Traditional Album and Best Folk Album, 2008 Indian Summer Music Awards for Best Folk and from 2008 Native American Music Awards Best Folk Album. Recently Violet was nominated for the 2009 Native American Indigenous Image Awards for best country album in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also has a nomination for Native American Album, and best song (on a Native American Album) from the Just Plain Folks Award show being held at Nashville, Tennessee in August 2009.Most recent 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, for Songwriter of the Year.
A song entitled ‘Stilettos to Moccasins’, which portrays the healing experiences of Aboriginal women who have struggled with drug abuse and addiction. An unplugged version was played for a CBC radio interview on May 13/2009. The song was officially released at a public gathering later that evening in Saskatoon. The song was written earlier this year in collaboration with Violet and a group of Aboriginal women who are healing .The song was developed in partnership with NNAPF and the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse.
The research project examined the role that identity and stigma have in the healing journeys of criminalized Aboriginal women in treatment for drug abuse at centers across Canada. A workshop and video for women currently accessing treatment is now available and has received over 20,000 views since its release on youtube.
Violet,also worked as a voice actor for Wapos Bay (The Stop Motion adventures of a family on a reserve in Northern Saskatchewan)nominated for twelve Gemini awards winning four to date.Violet is in the Cree Version of this film. the Mom, Sarah.
Violet’s CD, ‘Wind of the North’ is currently at most CDPlus stores across Canada in the Aboriginal Music section sponsored by cweed.com or through her My space page at
http://www.myspace.com/violetnaytowhow or on line at: cdbaby.com .
http://www.nnapf.org/stilettos-moccasins-song-violet-naytowhow-and-unique-group-aboriginal-women/also check Utube: “From Stilettos to Moccasins” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter:sukiutin