Jim PepperFest 2014: The Rosewood Initiative Series

Jim Pepper - Pepper's Powwow

The Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival will produce a series of monthly events at The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark Street in Portland, beginning the evening of April 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Admission will be free to the community, donation requested.

Opening the series will be a showing of Pepper’s Powwow, Sandra Osawa’s award-winning documentary about Jim Pepper.

“A captivating look at the life of Native American jazz saxophone pioneer Jim Pepper, the first musician to fuse Native American music with jazz. The documentary soars with diverse musical highlights, including Pepper’s grandfather’s recording of the peyote chant “Witchi Tai To,” which Pepper developed into a crossover hit on both the jazz and Top 40 charts. Pepper’s life and music harmonized two distinct cultures, and serve as a poetic example for all indigenous people, ‘walking in two worlds with one spirit.’” — The Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Also on the April 13 program: Highlights of Jim PepperFest 2013, featuring the Turquoise Pride drum.

turquoise pride

Turquoise Pride at Jim PepperFest 2013

 Your hosts for the evening: Luciana Proaño and Tony Garcia

For directions to The Rosewood Initiative: http://rosewoodinitiative.org/

Mark your calendars: The Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival will be back at Parkrose HS Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Schedules and artists TBA.

Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival: www.Jimpepperfest.net

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JimPepperNativeArtsFestival

YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/nZPYVpnNcEQ

Contact: music@jimpepperfest.net

Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival Executive Committee:

Luciana Proaño

Tony Garcia

Sean Aaron Cruz


About 1000nations

Sean Aaron Cruz is Executive Director of 1000 Nations and a co-founder of The Friends of Celilo Falls. He is the organizer of the Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival. He is co-author of Winona LaDuke's new book, "The Militarization of Indian Country." He is the father of four children who disappeared into Utah in a Mormon abduction in 1996, and the author of Oregon's landmark anti-kidnapping statute "Aaron's Law" (Senate Bill 1041), named for his late son Aaron Cruz. He writes online as Blogolitical Sean.
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