Thursday, 03 December 2015 17:55

ONYAT'A:KA Oneida Pride!

 

Oneida Pride

 

Oneida Pride – Students Celebrate Their Creativity & Culture

I just had an incredible week full of Oneida Pride as I worked with students at Standing Stone School at Oneida Nation of the Thames. Four classes were interested in songwriting, one wanted to do filmmaking and another did slam poetry. On Friday afternoon I commandeered the school PA system and started playing this song we’d written together over the intercom. The students all poured out of their classrooms and we had this impromptu rock show moment in the hallway!

When I walked into the Grade 2 classroom I asked what type of song they’d like to write. “A Christmas song!” one little girl exclaimed. I asked what we should call it. “Christmas Town” another chimed in. By the time I could grab a marker and make my way to the white board the kids were off and running, calling out lyrics as I scrambled to write them down.

I grabbed my guitar and started to find a melody that would work with the lyrics, as well as be in a good key for them to be able to sing. In four days we wrote the music, lyrics and melody together and recorded it. And honestly…it’s an amazing song!

CHRISTMAS TOWN

At the beginning of the week, I had an opportunity to get together with L:ao Antone, the Oneida language teacher, who graciously helped me work out some Oneida words that could be incorporated into the song I was writing with the kids. Creative and cultural literacy projects are an incredible opportunity to work together collaboratively to create something bigger than anyone person who is involved. This video is where we started on Monday…by Friday we were chanting at the top of our lungs in the hallway like we were at a rock concert!

SONGWRITING IN ONEIDA

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Friday, 06 February 2015 20:18

PKOLS

PKOLS is a mountain located in Lekwungen, the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt people. It's a region I have had the privilege of being a guest for the last four years.

I hike the trails of PKOLS often, and on one particular day I kept hearing singing. As if a huge pow wow drum group were singing a few feet off the trail. I kept pulling out my phone and recording what I was hearing. When I got home, I listened to the different parts and realized they were all parts of the same song.

 

 

Creativity and culture have always been the foundation of my experiences with Tribe of One. Going into the studio to record PKOLS, provided the perfect opportunity to invite some drummers from Standing Nation to join me. Standing Nation is the pow wow drum group based out of the First People's House at the University of Victoria that I've had the honour of drumming with since moving to the territory.

PKOLS is available as a free download HERE.

Rik Leaf is the principal songwriter for Tribe of One, an inter tribal collective of indigenous artists from around the world.


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Friday, 06 February 2015 20:15

PKOLS

 

PKOLS is a mountain located in Lekwungen, the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt people. It's a region I have had the privilege of being a guest for the last four years.

I hike the trails of PKOLS often, and on one particular day I kept hearing singing. As if a huge pow wow drum group were singing a few feet off the trail. I kept pulling out my phone and recording what I was hearing. When I got home, I listened to the different parts and realized they were all parts of the same song.

 

 

Creativity and culture have always been the foundation of my experiences with Tribe of One. Going into the studio to record PKOLS, provided the perfect opportunity to invite some drummers from Standing Nation to join me. Standing Nation is the pow wow drum group based out of the First People's House at the University of Victoria that I've had the honour of drumming with since moving to the territory.

PKOLS is available as a free download HERE.

Rik Leaf is the principal songwriter for Tribe of One, an inter tribal collective of indigenous artists from around the world.


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Thursday, 16 May 2013 16:47

UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESC0) is one of 18 specialized agencies within the United Nations System. It was established on November 16, 1945, as much of the world was emerging from the devastation of the Second World War.

UNESCO was formed to embody a culture of peace by promoting collaboration among nations through education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information. With an incredible 68 year history, it's sometimes surprising how many people have never heard of the organization and don't really know what they do.

As a national artist collective who fuse the rich heritage of indigenous cultures through modern forms of artistic expression to educate, empower audiences while they are entertained, Tribe of One is perfectly suited to appreciate the value of UNESCOs goals and objectives. It is those shared values that makes our partnership so dynamic.

"Humanity's most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the nonconformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress indeed." Josiah Gitt.

In today's globalized new world culture, recognizing the value of our diversity and differences, and finding creative and innovative ways to build our future together has never been more important. This was Tribe of One's initial point of connection with UNESCO and one we are very proud to celebrate in this video.

 

By Rik Leaf - Recording Artist, TV Host/Producer, Slam Poet & Published Author, Rik is the founder of Tribe of One, a national artist collective that fuses the rich heritage of indigenous cultures with modern forms of artistic expression. Featuring First Nations, Metis, French, English and Brazilian musicians, dancers, painters and poets.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 16:34

Discover 'Hope' Indigenous New World Music

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Discover 'Hope' and the sound of indigenous new world music!

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 22:46

Rik Leaf's New CD!

 

 

 

In 2011 Rik won the Spirit of Canada Songwriting competition. First place came with recording time at OakStone Studios in Victoria, B.C.

Inspired by Michael Franti's, Stay Human, album, Rik enlisted the poetic styling of Janet Rogers, Victoria's, Mohawk poet laureate and recorded Beyond the Glass Ceiling, his first disc featuring spoken word poetry. The two incredibly poetic and politically-minded artists vamped and riffed between songs – like Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK channeling the spirit of Shakespeare.

What emerged was something unlike anything Rik's released before...six new socially-minded songs steeped in New World indigenous instrumentation interspersed between six spoken word poetry vignettes. The new album captures our unique time in history, as our collective hope and faith in institutions are stretched beyond the breaking point and individuals turn to one another for strength and comfort.

Beyond the Glass Ceiling is absolutely worth a listen! Incorporating spoken word poetry provides an exciting bridge between Rik's past releases and the live performances his audiences have come to love.

For a limited time you can download Beyond the Glass Ceiling for free or by donation.

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