Indian Summer Music Awards Announces Nominees for 2008 Awards

Nominees Eagle & Hawk and Michael Jacobs
Perform at Indian Summer Festival, Sept. 5 - 7

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (ICC) 9-08

Indian Summer Festivals, Inc. proudly announces the nominees for the fifth annual Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). These nominees have advanced to the next round of judging, where winners will be selected.

The ISMA program is devoted to the recognition of both established and emerging artists and their outstanding contributions toward indigenous people’s music. This awards presentation, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, is an example of how Native American music is now being recognized around the world and is a true statement for Native American entrepreneurship.

The music awards program is the result of a partnership between Indian Summer Festival (North America’s largest Native American festival) and Looking Glass Productions. The awards are sponsored by Mohican North Star Bingo and Casino.

The goal is to honor the best Native American music that has been commercially released between March 2, 2007 and March 1, 2008. In addition, the awards have been created to increase awareness of the history and diversity of both traditional and contemporary American Indian culture.

Awards will be given in the following 13 categories: alternative rock, blues, classic rock, contemporary instrumental, country, flute, folk, hip-hop, native spirit (non-Indian), pop, spiritual, traditional drum and traditional vocal.

Nominees and past ISMA Winners who are booked as performers on the festival’s stages include Eagle and Hawk at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and Michael Jacobs at 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Indian Summer Festival celebrates this year's theme, the 2008 theme, “Honoring Our Northern Relations,” on Sept. 5-7 at Milwaukee's lakefront Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). Indian Summer Festival is North America’s largest American Indian festival. For more information, contact 414-604-1000 or visit the Indian Summer Festival Web site at


In the Alternative Rock Category:

The Father's Dance by Broken Walls

Red Road Stories by Eagle & Hawk

Unconquered by Injunuity

Closer to Home by Cheri Maracle

Be What It Is by Stevie Salas

In the Blues Category:

Lazy James by J.C. Campbell

Hounds Tooth by Hounds Tooth

Silenced My Tongue: "Unplugged" by Star Nayea

Goin' By It by Terry Tsotigh

In the Classic Rock Category:

The Father's Dance by Broken Walls

Red Road Stories by Eagle & Hawk

Hounds Tooth by Hounds Tooth

Mystery by Michael Jacobs

Learning to Fly by Medicine Dream

In the Contemporary Instrumental Category:

A Crown of Stars by Douglas Blue Feather, Doug Dunlap and Brian Henke

York Boats & Legends by Ryan D'Aoust

Sounds of Beauty by Estun-Bah

Mirror Lake by Golana

I Am Red by JJ Kent

In the Country Category

Follow Your Dreams by Edmund Bull

Mystery's by Quatisi

Nashville Nights by Storm Seymour

No Lies by Tracy Bone

In the Flute Category:

Spirit of the Flute by Douglas Blue Feather

Sounds of Beauty by Estun-Bah

Unity by Jan Michael Looking Wolf

Voyagers by R.Carlos Nakai & Udi Bar-David with Will Clipman

Totemic Flute Chants by Johnny Whitehorse

In the Folk Category:

The Father's Dance by Broken Walls

Where the Green Grass Grows by The Crow Girls

Wind of the North by Violet Naytowhow

Nikawiy Askiy by Sandy Scofield

In the Hip Hop Category:

Paranormal: The War Within by Maniac The Siouxpernatural

Loved & Hated by NightShield

Bluelight by Quese Imc

Conway K “Here to Stay” by Red Power Squad

The Outsiders by Rezhogs

In the Native Spirit Category:

Lost Canyons by Scott August

Winds of Time by David Churchill, Tom Wasinger and Sandra Wong

Faces of the Sun by Peter Kater

Montana Crossings by NightDancers

Endless Beginnings by Harry Seavey

In the Pop Category:

Mystery by Michael Jacobs

Closer to Home by Cheri Maracle

Phoenix by Fara Palmer

In the Spiritual Category:

The Father's Dance by Broken Walls

Mirror Lake by Golana

Morning Praise Unto Our Creator by Meewasin Oma

Moment of Sacredness by Shane Patterson

Mystery's by Quatisi

In the Traditional Drum Category:

The Elk Way by Elk Soldier

Calling All Dancers Vol 6 by Northern Cree and Friends

November Winds by Northern Wind

Forever & Ever by Red Bull

Manitou Api by Red Shadow Singers

In the Traditional Vocal Category :

Precious Memories by Cherokee National Youth Choir

Stories Told by Verdell Primeaux with Terry Hanks

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Po'li by Clark Tenakhongva

First Light by Cheevers Toppah and Kevin Yazzie

About Indian Summer

Regular festival hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 (advance), $12 (gate) for adults and children 12 and under are free. Seniors age 60+ will be admitted for $10 at the gate. The Indian Summer office is located at 10809 W. Lincoln Ave., Suite #101, West Allis, WI 53227. For more information, phone (414) 604-1000 or visit the Web site at