INIPI

A NEW
ALBUM BY
JEFF HARRELL

INFORMATION

RELEASE DATE /
Jan 1st 2017


CATALOG /
Blues – Rock – World Blues – Jazz – Rap


LABEL /
Jeff Harrell


FORMAT /
Digital / DVD

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Pilamiya…

GRATITUDE
FOR THE
PEOPLE

 
… to Craig Pinkus for the sound wisdom; my kola, Kookoosh; Carissa Squadroni for the use of that badass upright bass; John Warren and John Topash Warren for sharing Ribbon Town Singers; Andy Jackson for the sweat lodge and friendship; Jake and Mary Pine for the good medicine; all my tiospaye among the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi; Billy “Stix” Nicks and the Motown Machine for letting me hang as close to Marvin Gaye as I’ll ever get; Robert Franklin for the phenomenal photography; Bill Jonas for always being a buddy; Hedy for all the love and support… and William Cobham for being a special inspiration in my life … all y’all wear jeans in my world…
 
… finally, a freedom prayer for Leonard Peltier in the spirit of Tashunke Witko… and sacred smoke for all the brave warriors defending our water against big oil at Sacred Rock, mni wiconi…
 
… mitakuye oyasin…

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I was born and raised in Indianapolis to a Kentucky-English mother with blue eyes, and a father of Irish heritage on his dad’s side and Lakota/Wea on his mother’s. My grandmother’s maiden name, ‘Weas,’ means “family of Wea,” a band of the Miami tribe indigenous to Indiana and Illinois.

The story passed down through my father was that my grandmother was born Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1883, then taken from the tribe and adopted as a baby through the Presbyterian Church to a Wea family in Southern Illinois, where she remained until her death in 1939 when my Dad was only 14.

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