ALBUQUERQUE— Arizona-based Native band Clan/destine won their first Native American Music Award in the “Best Pop/Rock Recording” category. The NAMA Award for their second album entitled Deeply Rooted was produced by Clan/destine and released in 1999 under Rez Dawgs, Inc., the band’s own record label.
The Native American Music Awards took place on November 11, 2000 at Popejoy Hall. The four-hour ceremony included the announcement and award of nominations in various categories, live performances and a tribute to Jim Pepper.
Upon the announcement of Clan/destine’s much-deserved win, the 6-member band “floated” to the stage for their acceptance of the award.
At the Post-Awards party, the evening buzz was about Clan/destine and their unique acceptance speech. In lieu of a typical, “We’d like to thank,” the band gathered at the podium on stage. Open-palms down, they stacked their right hands —each band member, one on the other. In unison, acapella, the band offered their thanks with a prayer song, traditional, powwow style. With their voices building to a dramatic finish, thunderous applause swept through the hall. Their acceptance was powerful and gracious. Amy Brotzman, of Four Winds Distribution stated that when they won she leaned to her husband and said “not only are they talented and deserving, but these are just really nice guys.” Drew LaCapa, a Phoenix Native American comedian said, “When they called their name, they seemed to levitate on stage.it was so powerful!”
With the addition of the Native American Music category to the Grammy’s, Clan/destine is releasing their third album at the end of November, 2000 entitled “Amajacoustic”.
Clan/destine consists of six members: David A. Montour (Pottowatomi/Ottawa/Mohawk/Cayuga), Chuck Harris (Hopi/Tohono O’odham), Frank Poocha (Hopi/Pima), Juan Sanchez (Oglala Lakota/Spanish) and Steve Gatlin, originally from Grand Rapids, MI, and recently adopted into the Lakota family, and Derrick Davis, 4-time World Champion Hoop Dancer (Hopi/Choctaw).
The band has been together since 1995 and performs all original music. Clan/destine combines rock, reggae, and Native American influences. Mr. Davis creates a unique element to the show by performing traditional and contemporary dance to the music of Clan/destine. Clan/destine has performed for President Bill Clinton and travels the world performing varieties of music, including Derrick’s hoop, fancy, traditional, and contemporary dance choreography. The band was recently featured on Fox 10’s Arizona Morning and in the Arizona Republic.