Rhythms of justice: Indigenous musicians and activists rally at 10th Rumble on the Mountain

Navajo heavy metal musician Sage Bond was one of several entertainers at Rumble on the Mountain 10 at the Orpheum in Flagstaff, Arizona Feb. 3. The event spanned seven hours and drew many musicians and activists. (Alexandra Wittenberg/ NHO)

Navajo heavy metal musician Sage Bond was one of several entertainers at Rumble on the Mountain 10 at the Orpheum in Flagstaff, Arizona Feb. 3. The event spanned seven hours and drew many musicians and activists. (Alexandra Wittenberg/ NHO)

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. — Rumble on the Mountain 10 rocked the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff for seven hours Feb. 3. Hosted by Hopi “edu-tainer” Ed Kabotie, the event’s 10th anniversary showcased Indigenous musicians, short films and activists with proceeds going to Haul No! The volunteer activist group is fighting Energy Fuels, which has started uranium mining south of the Grand Canyon.

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Rumble on the Mountain host Ed Kabotie displays Hopi artwork that was raffled off with proceeds going to Haul No! (Alexandra Wittenberg/NHO)

Representatives from Haul No!, Wild Arizona and the Havasupai Tribe spoke, and a variety of performers played throughout the night, from the traditional Hopi sounds of Ryon Polequaptewa, to Grammy-nominated Navajo singer Ramilla Cody. Ed Kabotie headlined the ‘Yoties later in the night, while Kabotie’s son Rylan took center stage with Reggae group Innastate. Summit Dub Squad closed out the night.

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