Indigie Femme

Indigie Femme

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Indigie Femme are one of the most 'dynamic female indigenous duos' to ever hit the music scene. The weavings of Navajo, Maori and Samoan cultures, magnified with the powerful voices combines thought-provoking lyrics which weave in and out of flute, drum, chants and strings.

Biography

The powerful energies of Tash, Bitter Water Clan, Navajo Nation and elena, Maori / Samoan from Aotearoa (New Zealand) unite to produce rich and melodic musical sounds. Drawing from their prosperous indigenous ancestral lineage, their harmonic voices resonate to leave their audiences spellbound.

After several years of solo careers Tash and elena have recently joined forces to unite and unleash their magic and exuberant presence on stage.

Their lyrics speak of life’s passions, empowerment to women, indigenous people and connection with Mother Earth. Their attendance woven together creates a fabric of collective healing and a consciousness for our planet.

Since bringing their music together in November 2006, Tash and elena have experienced whirlwind tours in Australian festivals as well as performances on the East and West Coasts of USA.

Include:
2008
Indian Market - Santa Fe, NM (August)
Dooda Desert Rock Concerts - Navajo Nation, NM (August & April)
Skywalk - Grand Canyon West, AZ (June)
Longest Walk Concert - Navajo Nation, NM (June)
Gathering of Nations - Albuquerque, NM (April)
New Mexico Legislature (with NMSD & SSC students) - Santa Fe, NM (Feb)

2007
Cultural Survival Bazaars - Cambridge, Boston, MA (December)
AIM - American Indian Movement - Reunion, Tuba City, AZ (October)
Gathering For Our Mother, Pojoaque, NM (September)
Navajo Nation Fair - Justice for the People, Justice for the Planet Concert, Window Rock, AZ (September)
Cultural Survival Bazaars - Tiverton, RI; Portland, ME; & Povincetown, ME (August)
Grandmothers Gathering, Malibu, CA, (August)
See, Hear, Now Festival, Townsville, QLD, Australia (June)
The Dreaming Festival, Woodford, QLD, Australia (May)
Indigienous Carnivale, Sydney University, NSW, Australia (May)

2006
World Indigenous Uranium Summit, Window Rock, AZ (November)

Their self titled EP was nominated in the finals of the 2007 Indian Summer Music Awards.

Otbain more electronic information
www.indigiefemme.com
www.myspace.com/indigiefemme

Lyrics

No More Uranium / Lee Tsoh Doo Dah

Written By: Tash

Our elderly men and women,
We remain strong with their teachings,
Our plan it to continue these teachings,
By passing this on to our children,
With this we will remain strong forever,

The east meets the west,
The north meets the south at the same time,
In there is a center,
Where we meet for our Navajo land,

You asked us to assimilate and learn,
Your non-Native ways,
In return we’d be left alone,
To offer our prayers with our sacred corn,


You mine for your bombs,
You found uranium in our land,
The Spanish came for gold,
You left with leetsoh (yellow cake),
We say doo daa (no more),
Now you want to dig for more,
Heather and Pete you passed your bill,
To mine for yellow cake once more,
Haven’t you done enough to poison our land,

The east meets the west,
The north meets the south at the same time,
In there is a center,
Where we meet for our Navajo land,
You told us to assimilate and learn,
Your non-Native ways,
In return we’d be left alone,
To offer our prayers with our sacred corn…

Nizhoni Sky

Written By: Tash

You were born,
I was there,
You came out of your mother’s womb,
Sacred as, your father held her hand,

Blessed with the beauty way,
A new life that’s come to heal,
Nizhoni Sky,
So innocent and wise,

Nizhoni Sky-hay way hay yay,
When I look in your eyes-hay way hay yay,
You bring the sun and the moon and the stars,
We are related,

Nizhoni Sky-hay way hay yay,
Iniid indiish chih (You were recently born), hay way hay yay,
Ni naa’ doo llizh Your eyes are so blue)-hay way hay yay,
T’oo nizhonii ye hee’ (You are so beautiful),

You represent the spirit of the future,
Mixed blood, French, Irish, and Navajo,
You walk with the integrity of a child,
Born to teach, yet still be taught,
You bring the promise of a new day,
Like a sunrise in your own way,
Everybody needs a new promise,
Forget about yesterday, Don’t your worry about tomorrow,
The wisdom of a child is in the gift of the present,
Way hay hay hee yaa,
Way hay hay hee yaa,
Way ya hay, hay hee yaa…

My cousin brother is out there for something he’s totally against,
My uncle said he’d been there in Nam,
And they won’t listen to our ways,
Because they still carry the fear of the red earth people,

Wonderful White eyes trying to look through the skin,
Like flashlights,
Saying it’s ok to be free in America,
Lies, lies, lies,

Powerful Women

Written By: elena

Have you ever wondered about herstory?
Powerful women and battles fought.
For you and me both to live in this society,
Freedom and choice we’ve come a long way.
In this unjust world we live today,
Some women feel unworthy and suppressed,
Dominated by rules and culture
Knowing nothing else.

Wondered about herstory?
Powerful women fighting battles
For you and me both
In this unjust world
Women feel unworthy
Dominated by rules and culture
Knowing nothing else.

Women are powerful.
Believe in ourselves to change history
Search your soul, follow your guide.
Make a Difference filled with pride
Breakdown your barriers and phobias
Our battle has only just begun.
Women together united we stand
Powerful as we’re one.
Changing history to herstory
Believe in ourselves
Search your soul, follow your guide.
Powerful as we’re one
Powerful as we’re one
Powerful as we’re one

Beautiful Spirit

Written By: elena

Oh spirit so free
Touching hearts of others to let them be
Oh let yourself go
That beautiful spirit you may not know.

I am spirit that flows
Drawing energy from the earth
I leave a seed that grows inside you
Bearing the beauty of my soul.

Oh spirit so free
Touching hearts of others to let them be
Oh let yourself go
That beautiful spirit you may not know.

You create the windows of opportunities
You will always land on your feet
Never fear yourself
As you have a powerful existence.

Oh spirit so free
Touching hearts of others to let them be
Oh let yourself go
That beautiful spirit you may not know.
That beautiful spirit you may not know.

Am I Ready

Written By: Tash & elena

Dreams, what for? Some times I wonder, what for?
Visions, come and go, do we see them, who knows?
Blessings, pleasure and pain, come together, do we get it?
Prayers, piece within, silent heart, can we love?

Always wondering where we’re going, where do we belong? where do we belong?
Walk along the edge and ask yourself, Am I Ready?
Take my hand into the fire, fear unknown!

Tears let them flow, allow the healing cleanse your soul
Thoughts, face the east, sunrise in, beauty way!
Blessings, pleasure and pain, come together, do we get it?
Prayers, peace within, silent heart, can we love?

Always wondering where we’re going, where do we belong? where do we belong?
Walk along the edge and ask yourself, Am I Ready?
Take my hand into the fire, fear unknown!
Walk along the edge and ask yourself, Am I Ready?
Dreams, visions, blessings and prayers
Am I Ready? Am I Ready?
Face yourself, you can do it,
Am I Ready?
embrace fears and don’t look back, visions
Take my hand into the fire, fear unknown
embrace fears and
don’t look back
fear unknown!
AM I READY?

Discography

Indigie Femme EP - 2007
So It Is - Tash - 2006
Soul Change - elena - 2006
Rivers of the Soul - elena - 2003

Set List

Intro - entry onto stage (pending of its size) Tash walks on with medicine drum and chanting, elena weaves in with Maori waiata (song) and then Samoan dances to center stage.

Indigie Femme usually perform 45 minutes sets of original material sprinkled with some tasty cover songs by Indigo Girls, Mellissa Etheridge, and Tracy Chapman. Typical sets have a few songs in Navajo and Maori.

Up to three sets have been performed at some gigs. The band gigs usually include some extended jamming. Most of the songs are around 3 - 5 minutes long and are often accompanied by short but insightful and often hilarious introductions.

Original song titles include:
Am I Ready
Powerful Women
Beautiful Spirit
Lightning Woman
Blessed Rain

Covers typically make up about 10 % of the set list.