WCC to show Smithsonian exhibit on indigenous musicians in popular culture

BRANTFORD – The Woodland Cultural Centre will host a new exhibition, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.


This exhibit recognizes Native musicians for all of their achievements and contributions to contemporary music. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at 6:30pm, with a special free performance by Beatrice Deer Band.

Up Where We Belong provides an art history that is inclusive of the contributions Native musicians have made to the substance, shape, and sound of contemporary music,” said Tim Johnson, Associate Director for Museum Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. “Its revelations will surprise, entertain, and delight.”

This exhibition tells the stories and histories of Native musicians and provides visitors the opportunity to hear music and discover artists with whom these exceptional performers collaborated. Native people have been active in contemporary music for nearly a century and many have had successful and influential careers in almost every form of popular music.

The musicians featured in the exhibit include Mildred Bailey, Russell Moore, Oscar Pettiford, Illinois Jacquet, Peter La Farge, Link Wray, Rita Coolidge, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Castillo, Stevie Salas and Redbone.

Up Where We Belong will be open at the Woodland Cultural Centre until December 18th, 2015.

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