Indigenous Style Icon of the Week: A Tribe Called Red
NDN electronic music collective A Tribe Called Red has become one of the most popular and acclaimed groups in Indian Country; as ICTMN writes,
The hottest Native DJ collective going—hottest of all time, we’ll go ahead and say—is A Tribe Called Red, known individually as Bear Witness (Cayuga), DJ NDN (Nipissing), and DJ Shub (Cayuga). These like-minded indigenous beat-makers have taken powwow music by groups like Northern Cree and Black Lodge, put it into a Cuisinart, and created something incredibly cool, a style the Ottawa-based crew have dubbed Pow Wow Step.
ATCR is a big hit among Native communities, and is gaining notoriety among listeners from all spectrums. While more widely known for their classics like Electric Pow Wow Drum and Red Skin Girl, they have also been a strong voice for indigenous issues like Columbus Day (Sopranos Aztecas), and the struggle for justice for John T. Williams, a Native man who was murdered by Seattle police (Woodcarver). We strongly recommend checking out their music videos (linked above), which are works of art and strong messages in their own right.
For more info on ATCR and to keep updated, check out their twitter and facebook pages; for free downloads, including their debut self-titled album, see their soundcloud and visit electricpowwow.com.