Northern Cree, also known as the Northern Cree Singers, is a powwow and Round Dance drum and singing group, based in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada Formed in 1980 (or 1982) by Randy Wood, with brothers Charlie and Earl Wood of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation (Plains Indian music), members originate from the Treaty 6 area. These include Ferlin McGillvary, Steve Wood, Joel Wood, as well as Conan Yellowbird.
Regarded as one of the best acts in modern Native American powwow music, they have been named one of the most respected pow-wow groups in North America and the world. The group, or their music, has been described as remarkably unified and powerful, attention-grabbing, arresting hypnotic, intense, passionate, exciting, energetic, and energizing.
They have been nominated for six Grammy Awards and nominated for two Juno Awards. In 2017, the Singers, along with founder Randy Wood and Tanya Tagaq, won a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble for the album Going Home Star.
According to Allmusic they have over twenty albums out; according to their website they have released 37, mostly live recordings, on Canyon Records. Albums include:
- Rockin' the Rez (2001)
- Still Rezin' (2003)
- Northern Cree & Friends, Vol. 5: Long Winter Nights (2006)
- Stay Red (2006)
- Red Rock: Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at Muckleshoot (2008)
- True Blue (2009)
- Temptations: Cree Round Dance Songs (2010) It's a Cree Thing (2016)
- Ewipihcihk: ᐁᐏᐱᐦᒋᐦᐠ ["to go Round Dancing (with)," or, "he/she goes Round Dancing (with)"] (2016)
- Nitisanak - Brothers and Sister (2018)
They were featured in the film Grey Owl (1999). They are featured on the album Gathering of Nations Pow Wow 1999 (2000, Soar Records), which won a Grammy in 2001. The group is featured in the song and music video "Indomitable" by DJ Shub, which was nominated for Best EDM/Dance Video in the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards. They are featured on the CDs which accompany David Bouchard's children's books in Cree and English: Nokum Is My Teacher (2006) and The Drum Calls Softly (2008), both on Red Deer Press.
Awards and nominations
|2019||Juno Award||Indigenous Music Album of the Year||Nitisanak - Brothers and Sister|||
|2011||Grammy||Native American music album||Temptations: Cree Round Dance Songs||Nominated|||
|2010||Grammy||Native American music album||True Blue||Nominated|||
|2009||Grammy||Native American music album||Red Rock: Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at Muckleshoot||Nominated|||
|2007||Juno Award||Aboriginal Recording of the Year||Stay Red||Nominated|||
|2007||Grammy||Native American music album||Northern Cree & Friends, Vol. 5: Long Winter Nights||Nominated|||
|2004||Grammy||Native American music album||Still Rezin'||Nominated|||
|2002||Grammy||Native American music album||Rockin' the Rez||Nominated|||
- Bouchard, David (2006). Nokum Is My Teacher, Postface. Illustrated by Allen Sapp. Music by Northern Cree. Red Deer Press. ISBN 978-0-88995-367-3.
- Bouchard, David and Willier, Shelley (2008). The Drum Calls Softly, Postface. Illustrated by Jim Poitras. Music by Northern Cree. Red Deer Press. ISBN 978-0-88995-421-2.
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- Huey, Steve. Here to Stay at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
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