Annie Humphrey: Contemporary Native Storyteller

Thanks to David Maack for passing this along.

I would like to invite you to a very special program featuring Annie Humphrey, an Ojibwe mother, award winning singer, songwriter and visual artist who was born and raised on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota.

Through the gracious support of the Racine Arts Council, the YMCA and the Golden Rondelle, Annie will be featured at the Golden Rondelle on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm for a “Night of Traditional and Contemporary Native American Music and Storytelling.” There is no charge for the program but you must RSVP to (262) 260-2154 or Rondelle@scj.com.

A strong, determined, complex woman, whose life experiences can be heard in her vocals, Humphrey says she doesn’t want to serve as a spokesperson for any particular group, yet she doesn’t hesitate to use her music to call attention to causes in which she believes. Humphrey does more than just sing, however. She works at local prisons writing newsletters and singing for inmates. She is dedicated to preserving the land and protecting wildlife and natural medicines. Humphrey supports efforts to control logging in the Chippewa National Forest. She also teaches traditional skills (beadwork, wild rice harvesting, maple sugaring) to reservation youth.

“My music addresses many of the things I feel strongly about,” says Humphrey. “Love is hard to find and should be cherished. We need to care for children wherever they are in the world. Alcoholism and abuse are human problems everywhere. People everywhere need healing. No one should judge another person by the color of their skin. I consider anyone who walks in a sacred way and honors the earth to be indigenous to our planet.”

Today Annie has three children and is happily married to her husband Mark (also a former Marine). Annie continues to write music and perform, while also pursuing her art career. Her special interest is Turtle Heart, a group she founded that works with youth in her community to promote positive lifestyle choices.

Annie’s award winning video, Spirit Horses, can be viewed here:

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