UPDATE: O’siyo. Here is an update for Radmilla Cody at last night’s Grammy Awards. See her video from the Grammy Awards Below!
O’siyo. Radmilla Cody who served as Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98, has been chosen as a nominee for the prestigious Grammy Award, presented to prominent recording artists. Last year she was awarded the ”Black History Makers Award 2012″ from Initiative Radio. Radmilla has also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology.
“The Navajo Post LOS ANGELES – The Navajo singer, Radmilla Cody introduced herself at the Grammy last night before celebrities and singers in Navajo. As her sparkled turquoise necklace shine on the crowd, she spoke with great gratitude.The former Miss Navajo Nation, kicked off the 55th Grammy Awards.”
Radmilla Cody, Navajo singer from Arizona, is ready for the Grammys By John M. Glionna LATimes
Excerpt: “ It will be a walk, maybe even a lighthearted dance, down the Grammy Awardsred carpet, an appearance like no other. Radmilla Cody, a traditional Navajo songstress from Leupp, Ariz., plans to mark her nomination for this weekend’s Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles by donning full-on traditional Navajo attire, designed by her aunt, including moccasins made by her late grandmother.
Cody received a nomination in December for her album “Shi Keyah: Songs for the People” in the category of best regional roots. She is the first Native American to be nominated since the Recording Academy announced a major overhaul of the categories in 2011.The moccasins are what complete this whole exciting time for me, Cody told the Los Angeles Times during a phone conversation from her home. “For me, they’re sentimental. Ever since I was a little girl,
I’ve worn my grandmother’s moccasins. It makes the whole journey complete for me. I consider them my lucky charm…But the timing of the nomination has been bittersweet — the news came precisely one month after Cody’s grandmother died last year…My grandmother was very religious, so I sang a lot of Christian songs…Later, at home with her grandmother sitting outside knitting, Cody would use a hairbrush as a make-believe microphone and sing along to the radio, following songs by Diana Ross and Whitney Houston…
Cody, who was named Miss Navajo Nation in the late 1990s, also learned to speak her native tongue. Her songs, written by her Uncle Herman, are about life, land, love, family and humor…If I win, I’m going to express much gratitude to the creator, the holy people, our sacred elements, our sacred mountains, my grandmother, my Uncle Herman, my family, and you have to thank the whole clan — you can’t just say family — and the Navajo Nation, they rock…They’re going to be like, Get off the stage. So who is going to accompany her to the ceremony? I’ll have my relatives, my entourage…The whole Navajo Nation wants to come.”
Congratulations to Radmilla and her supporters. She is an inspiration to young children every where. Radmilla also works to empower victims of domestic violence.
For those of you who would like to hear Radmilla here is a video of her beautiful rendition of “A Beautiful Dawn” in Navajo.
“The song that I will sing is an old song, so old that none knows who made it. It has been handed down through generations and was taught to me when I was but a little lad. It is now my own song. It belongs to me…” ~ Geronimo, Apache -1829-1909
“As long as we live, there is never enough singing.” ~Martin Luther~ 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546
“God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?” ~Whitney Houston~August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012
Teachers: Complete Lesson Plans with Answer Keys on the following US tribes: Apache, Blackfeet, Cherokee, Choctaw, Crow, Iroquois, Kwakiutl, Mohawk (read about the fascinating “Sky Walkers”) Navajo, Shawnee, Sioux, and Zuni. Also Visit Talking Feather’s Home page to see wonderful previous articles.
Talking Feather’s TRIPALPEDIA offers concise information about major tribes with Discussion questions for students’ reading comprehension.
There are many legends about how the Indians learned about the Talking Feather”. Here is one of them…
Long years ago, when gods walked this earth and the land beyond, Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei, were together enjoying the warm summer day. It was a day when the crickets chirrupted in the waving, green grass,when they noticed a figure moving towards them.
As the figure approached closer Kanati said “Look, that woman is crying, what could be the matter?” “I can not imagine why anyone would cry on such a glorious day.” Replied Asgaya Gigagei. “Let’s ask her.”
As the woman drew nearer, they could see her buckskin was decorated with beautiful designs and colors. She carried a bundle filled with leaves, sage, and colorful stones and feathers. They knew immediately this woman was a holy being.
Kanati asked her “Holy mother, why are you crying so?” The woman looked up in wonder, because she had been walking with her head down. “I’m crying because the men of my village are fighting constantly! Each thinks his ideas for leading the tribe is the best!” Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei glanced at one another, in perplexity. “Why, if there are so many good ideas for leading your tribe, why are the men fighting? And why aren’t you and the other members happy!” The poor woman shook her head sadly and replied, “Yes, you are right, the men do have very good ideas, but every man wants to speak his own ideas, and not listen to anyone else. They all shout and scream at one another so loudly, that it frightens the children who run and hide behind their mothers. The women are sad because their husbands come to the house upset and angry. Furthermore, the tribe is suffering, because no one can seem to make a decision.” Just then a beautiful Eagle was soaring overhead, Kanati called out “Brother Eagle, may I have one of your feathers, there are poor humans in desperate need!”
Bother Eagle replied “Yes” and shook himself until a single iridescent, large feather fell to the ground. “Many thanks and Blessings on you” said Kanati. Kanati made secret signs and prayers over the Feather. Asgaya Gigagei helped him with the blessings. Kanati then said to the woman “This is the sacred Talking Father, it holds great power for the one who holds it. Go back to your people, hold this feather up in the air, all who see it will fall silent, and listen to what you have to say. Tell all who listen that from now on, who ever holds this feather, all present within the Circle Council must listen to his words. The feather must then be passed on to the next speaker.”
The woman thanked Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei and hurried back to her village where there was total chaos!. Everyone was talking at once, children were crying, men were screaming at each other. As soon as she held the feather over her head, all became quiet! No one could utter a sound! the holy woman proceeded to give the directions given to her by the gods. She then passed the feather to the first man. He called the Talking Circle together, and each man had his say as he held the feather. From that time on that tribe flourished because they now had direction, and each person could hear and understand what their peers said. The people worked together, to build a great nation. Along the way, they shared the wonders of the Talking Feather with other tribes they met. “And that my friends is the true story of how the Talking Feather came to be!”