Northern Cree

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Northern Cree, also known as the Northern Cree Singers, is a powwow and Round Dance drum and singing group, based in Maskwacis,[1][2] Alberta.[3]

They have been nominated for six Grammy Awards[4] 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.[5]

Formed in 1980 (or 1982[6]) by Randy Wood,[1][2] 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,[7] as well as Conan Yellowbird. The group, or their music, has been described as, "passionate,"[8] "exciting,"[8] "energetic,"[9] "energizing,"[10] "attention-grabbing,"[9] "arresting,"[11] "hypnotic,"[11][12] "intense,"[12] and, "remarkably unified and powerful."[10] They are, "regarded as one of the best acts in modern Native American powwow music,"[13] and are "one of the most respected pow-wow groups in North America,"[1] or in the world.[2]


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), nominated for a 2002 Grammy[14]
  • Still Rezin' (2003), nominated for a 2004 Grammy[15]
  • Northern Cree & Friends, Vol. 5: Long Winter Nights (2006), nominated for a 2007 Grammy[16]
  • Stay Red (2006), nominated for a 2007 Juno Award[17]
  • Red Rock: Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at Muckleshoot (2008), nominated for a 2009 Grammy[18]
  • True Blue (2009), nominated for a 2010 Grammy[19]
  • Temptations: Cree Round Dance Songs (2010), nominated for a 2011 Grammy[20]
  • It's a Cree Thing (2016)
  • Ewipihcihk: ᐁᐏᐱᐦᒋᐦᐠ ["to go Round Dancing (with)," or, "he/she goes Round Dancing (with)"] (2016)

They were featured in the film Grey Owl (1999).[21][22] They are featured on the album Gathering of Nations Pow Wow 1999 (2000, Soar Records), which won a Grammy in 2001.[23] 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.[24] 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.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d 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.
  2. ^ a b c d 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.
  3. ^ "Beyoncé, Drake, Adele and Justin Bieber to vie for Grammy Awards". Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Northern Cree - Ewipihcihk (CR-6508)", Accessed: 08/23/17.
  5. ^ "Gord Downie wins three Junos at music awards gala dinner Saturday night". London Free Press, Lynn Saxberg and Peter Hum. April 1, 2017
  6. ^ "Biography", Accessed: 08/23/17.
  7. ^ Leggett, Steve. Northern Cree Singers at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
  8. ^ a b Huey, Steve. Here to Stay at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
  9. ^ a b Huey, Steve. Showtime at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
  10. ^ a b Still Rezin' at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
  11. ^ a b Northern Cree & Friends, Vol. 5: Long Winter Nights at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
  12. ^ a b Tognazzini, Anthony. Red Rock at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
  13. ^ Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at Fort Duchesne at AllMusic. Retrieved 08/23/17.
  14. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 8, 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on December 20, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Nominees: 2007". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  18. ^ Conner, Thomas (December 3, 2008). "Complete list of Grammy nominees". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  19. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  20. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  21. ^ La Rose, Lauren (2017). "Grammy award nominees Northern Cree will kick off ceremony in L.A.", CBC.CA. Accessed: 08/23/17.
  22. ^ "In Our Drum We Trust (CR-6291)", Accessed: 08/23/17.
  23. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Archived from the original on November 6, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Shawn Mendes, Grimes And A Tribe Called Red Lead The 2017 iHeartRadio MMVA Nominations!". MMVAs. Much. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 

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