Thoughts on our music and social responsibility

Music is something we hold close to our hearts. We try to walk carefully with the songs, sounds, and instruments we were given to hold. The journey has been as difficult as it has been beautiful, and music has always been there to heal me. Cantos are part of our ceremony. 

As human beings we are hard-wired to the sounds of Nature. Whether in the wild or in  ceremony, with Nature represented through traditional instruments, sounds, and songs. Those sounds connect us as human beings back to the Earth and to our prayer and purpose. 

We believe music has the power to uplift, heal, and move hearts to positive action. As musicians, we work with a sense of sacred responsibility to carry traditional knowledge into the next generation. We also actively collaborate with communities to use our music to amplify creative cultural, environmental, and social justice projects. Here are a few:

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse

Audiobook soundtracks by Yetlanezi

“Hoodwinked in the Hothouse is an easy-to-read, concise-yet-comprehensive compendium of the false corporate promises that continue to hoodwink elected officials and the public, leading us down risky pathways poised to waste billions of public dollars on a host of corporate snake-oil schemes and market-based mechanisms. These false solutions distract from the real solutions that serve our most urgent needs in an alarming climate justice moment of no-turning-back. By uncovering the pitfalls and risky investments being advanced by disaster capitalists to serve the needs of the biggest polluters on the planet, Hoodwinked also provides a robust framework for understanding the depth of real solutions and how they should be determined. As a pop-ed toolbox, Hoodwinked promises to be instructive for activists, impacted communities and organizers, while providing elected officials with critical lenses to examine a complex, technocratic field of climate change policy strategies, from local to national and international arenas.”

Calling Back Our Womb

Featured music and jingles by Yetlanezi

“Calling Back Our Womb: Centering indigenous birth experiences and knowledge is a podcast and network by Zintkala Mahpiya Win Blackowl (Lakota / Dakota) and Iris Rodriguez (Xicana.) The vision of the show is to create a safe space for indigenous women to learn and share from across the Americas / Turtle Island / Cemanahuac / Abya Yala.”

Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation

Short video series featuring music by Yetlanezi

“The Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation is a Tribal community focused on uniting everyone to share the full history of the Alamo Cemetery. We believe that the stories about the Alamo should reflect the unique diversity of our city.”

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