Last December at the Intertribal FriendshipHouse in Oakland (CA), curator Mica Valdezand Macha Femme volunteers organized a stellar line up of performances featuring Native women artists including the muy funny MC Gise, poets Sherry Wilson, Sonia Gutierrez, Vickie Vertiz, Melissa Lozano, and Jaynie Lara Hlapsi, with music by DJ Special K, Lory Lozano, Redbird Giving, Sweet Medicine, and a special performance by Indigenous rapper from Seattle, Sista Hailstorm.
Proceeds from this benefit will go toward the publishing of the forthcoming anthology Turtle Island to Abya Yala (2011) by Malinalli Press. Photos by Ishmael Elias, Sonia Gutierrez, and Mica Valdez, 2009. All rights reserved.
Founded in 1999, Macha Femme promotes women of color artists with a special focus on hip hop/spoken word and the intent for spiritual upliftment, transcommunality, youth empowerment, and social justice.