The popular Austin, Texas media festival South by Southwest (SXSW—which bills itself as a showcase of all things "music, film, interactive") will get a taste of Native American rock and roll on March 21 when three essential acts take the stage for the Native American Showcase.
The headliner is John Trudell and Bad Dog, with acclaimed duos Scatter Their Own and Sihasin performing sets as well. Trudell is a living legend of Indian country, known as an activist, poet, actor and musician. His band Bad Dog provides a blues-rock foundation over which Trudell delivers his poetry, a mixture of politics, spirituality, and good old Indigenous wisdom. Scatter Their Own, the "Alter-Native Rock & Roll" husband-and-wife duo of Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford, hail from Pine Ridge, and since forming in 2011 have built their reputation with performances all over Turtle Island. Last year, they made their SXSW debut in a gig with A Tribe Called Red. Sihasin features siblings Clayson and Jeneda Benally, and is an offshoot of the seminal Navajo punk rock band Blackfire (which includes a third Benally, Klee). Sihasin is a more hopeful act than Blackfire—indeed, the name means "hope" in the Dine' language—and features drum and bass instrumentation with soaring Native-style singing. Sihasin was named the Debut Group of the Year at the 2014 Native American Music Awards.
Poster for SXSW Native American Showcase
The following music videos, by Scatter Their Own and Sihasin, have been posted to SXSW's YouTube channel:
The invitation from SXSW received by Scotti Clifford, who posted it to facebook.com/scattertheirown