Native North America Vol. 1 has been nominated for the 2016 Grammy for Best Historical Album! We couldn’t be happier as this is one of the projects we are most proud of personally. Huge congratulations to Kevin “Sipreano” Howes who masterminded the comp, to all the amazing musicians featured on it, and to everyone who helped the project along the way. Fingers crossed for a win. This would be huge not only for little ol’ LITA, but more importantly for indigenous people everywhere!
The one year anniversary of NNA’s release was just a couple of week’s ago on November 24th (what an anniversary present!), so we thought it might be a good time for a little update.
Firstly, we are sad to report that in September the world lost Edward Quinney, the guitar wielding leader of the Saddle Lake Drifting Cowboys—whose song “Modern Rock” is the sole instrumental on NNA. Sipreano has written an tribute to Mr. Quinney here.
(images courtesy of VoluntaryInNature.blogspot.ca)
In happier news, we are amazed to announce that The Toronto School District has decided to include NNA as part of their required Canadian history curriculum! The CDs are currently stocked at 5 different schools in the district.
NNA is also stocked at the Simon Fraser University Bookstore in Vancouver & Burnaby, BC and at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC.
We are so incredibly proud to have contributed to indigenous Canadian history and are excited to see where else NNA can go!
Here’s Edward Quinney/The Saddle Lake Drifting Cowboys with “Modern Rock”: