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Nammy Winners Announced: For the 18th Annual Native American Music Awards

The 18th Annual Awards Gala was held Friday, October 12th at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino


Teio Swathe (Teioswathe) (L), Theresa Bear Fox (R) and 'Supaman' won a NAMMY for Best Music Video Concept 'Sky World', missing from the photo, Supaman. Theresa Bear Fox's song, Sky World was sung by Teio Swathe.

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Indian Country Media

Annie Humphrey, Ojibwe, a musical artist that hails from the Leech Lake reservation, took home artist of the year in the wake of her well-received album, The Beast and The Garden. Humphrey was one of several celebrated artists at the Nammy Awards. Other Native musical artists awarded included Kelly Derrickson for best female artist, Randy Wood for best male artist, Twin Flames for group of the year and Michael Bucher and Paco Fralick's 'Women and Water' was awarded song of the year.

The Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards Show took place this Friday, October 12, 2018 as part of the United Southern & Eastern Tribes conference at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

According to NAMA president Ellen Bello, there were over 200 music recording submissions for the Eighteenth Annual Native American Music Awards. Bello says it was a special night celebrating Native music.

"It was a beautiful night...from Saginaw Grant & the drum group for Don't Let the Drums Go Silent to Connor Chee who is a 95-year-old grandfather, to the fun of YMCA and Zippin up my Boots with Felipe Rose and Tracy Lee Nelson's dedication to MMIW. It was all very special including winner Paco Fralick talking about Michael Bucher and the Pine Ridge Flute Society and Annie Humphrey honoring those who served in the military (like herself) -- those were among the most poignant wins of the evening," said Bello.

Bear Fox told Indian Time:

I would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the years. The Sky World song has touched so many hearts and helping so many to help them heal from losing their loved ones. When I was asked to write the song, this is exactly what I was hoping for. To help heal the people. We need to help strengthen our people. I love when the songs I write connect to the people's hearts. When Teioswathe sings Sky World, her voice is so beautiful. She helps the songs heal the people. I'm glad Supaman made the video with him dancing on the white sand. It's perfect. I'm very grateful.

Teioswathe added, "I'm just very grateful that I'm able to offer something that helps people in their healing journeys."


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