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Comment by Maryann A. on July 21, 2010 at 11:11pm
La Plazita and Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin, in sponsorship with the University of New Mexico Women's Resource Center and the New Mexico Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative will celebrate our 7th Annual Traditional Mexican Healing Day Event.

Time: 3:00 pm-10:00 pm

Location: 831 Isleta Blvd SW

More Info: 508-1802

On the "day of healing," La Plazita will host 30 Curanderos (Mexican Folk Healers) who offer their services to the public for free. Come join us for entertainment, food, and healing!

We also need volunteers if you are interested in the areas of parking, kitchen work, interpreters (Spanish), set-up, clean-up...

Comment by Scott Barta on May 29, 2009 at 11:00am
Albuquerque, New Mexico (May 29, 2009) - Off the plains of South Dakota comes an Indigenous ‘American Indian’, his Santee Dakota/Ihanktunwan Nakota wife, and four Lincoln, Nebraska musicians who form the rising rock music sensation Indigenous. The talented Nakota “Sioux” Indian musician is the 34 year old Mato Nanji - or Standing Grizzly Bear in the Nakota language – who has wow-ed club and festival crowds for years with his soulful brand of lead guitar and lead vocals, as well as his stunningly handsome physical presence and appearance. Yet, surprisingly, Mato (pronounced mah TOE) manages to remain just under the music legend and superstar radar screen.
Mato’s rise-to-fame mirrors that of Bonnie Raitt, who finally got her deserved welcome into stardom during the late 80’s, after over two decades of belting out one amazing tune after another. Raitt coincidentally played with Mato’s activist, musician, and Nakota Nation spiritual Advisor father, Greg Zephier, Sr., during 1980 anti-nuclear protest gatherings in the Black Hills, who both used their guitars to stop uranium mining in the sacred Indigenous homelands.
Raitt later would have Indigenous open shows for her in 2001 - twenty years after playing with their father.
The future legend was born and raised on the Ihanktunwan “Yankton” Nakota Indian Reservation in southeast South Dakota. Mr. Zephier taught Mato and his siblings (initial members of Indigenous20who all are now pursuing their own, individual music careers) how to play all the instruments that the three-piece group employed during their early years.
The band got an early nudge toward ‘the big time’ when they toured one summer with famed Bluesman, B.B. King, with Nanji getting his second break when not long after, Carlos Santana called Mato onto the stage to play with him in Phoenix, AZ.
Mato and Indigenous continues to hover - waiting ever so patiently - just above the club scene and just below his deserved place among music star status.
The bands new CD, “Broken Lands”, features a fresh backup female vocal from his wife, Leah, who, along with Mato, co-wrote the hit song “Place I Know.” Two songs from Nanji’s latest album, “Chasing The Sun” – both written by Nanji and wife Leah, garnered attention in 2007 on the hit Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”
Mato toured during the fall of 2008 with the Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tour and is kicking off his 2009 Spring Tour with one of B.B. King’s great friends, Buddy Guy - another of the many growing list of Indigenous fans. Like B.B. said ten years ago: “The world needs to see Indigenous.”

Mato Nanji on YouTube:
Check out Mato’s new CD “Broken Lands” including the single “Place I know”
Comment by Scott Barta on May 17, 2009 at 8:23am
Playing at Eaves Ranch in Sante Fe June 12th
Check schedule here:
Scott B
Comment by Devi on May 16, 2009 at 10:56am
Hey, new to group... We were lucky to see a concert held at Santa Fe last year w/Buffy Sainte-Marie. Do you do any live performances? Planning a move to NM in the near future... please stay in touch.

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