ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Native Voices kicks off this Friday night in conjunction with the Native American Cultural Festival at Chehaw. Arvel Bird is the featured artist this year, and he specializes on the violin, fiddle, native flutes and Irish whistles, combining to weave a powerful tapestry of music and stories.
This event will give guests the opportunity to experience Native American Culture as performed by some of the most elite performers in the nation.
This event will showcase the artistry of these performers in a novel way that has not been possible in previous Native American Festivals. Native Voices will bring these artists into a more intimate setting where guests will have the ability to observe the more subtle, technical details crafted by these talented artists. The evening will include cocktails, a Southwestern inspired plated dinner, silent auction, and performances including, singing, flute and violin playing, dancing, and more. Tickets are $50 for non-members and $40 for Chehaw members. Seating is limited. For reservations, call or email Morgan Burnette at 229.430.3966 or MBurnette@Chehaw.org
Bird performs nearly 160 shows a year at a variety of venues from music festivals to concert halls where the audience gets a glimpse into his Native American heart and Scottish soul. Classically trained as a violinist, Arvel Bird's compositions and performances encompass an extraordinary love of diversity, from traditional Celtic tunes and bluegrass standards to his original Native American and Celtic rock orchestrations.
Diamond Brown's Touch the Earth dancers will also complete a dance form of storytelling with hoops. The dancer picks up one hoop at a time, and then increases up to approximately 40 hoops, each hoop completing a new symbol of nature. The dance is a real feat of coordination, as the dancer must maintain his movements to the music at all times.
Arvel Bird describes this festival as "edutainment" both educational and fun but with a message of what we can learn from Native Americans. "these trees have spirits that this land has spirit and treat it with respect then we would think twice about exploiting it or throwing trash on it. We would take care of our environment a lot more"