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Mignon Geli

Mignon taught herself to play the Native American style wood flute after her son gifted her with one 13 years ago. She can flute along in many genres of music from traditional to contemporary Native American, to folk, rock, jazz, funk, soul, and more. Her musicality was influenced by her brothers who were multi-instrumentalists. She is a member of the Neena McNair Family Singers, a multi-cultural women’s native traditional Drum group. When not playing solo flute or women’s Drum, she sometimes joins Goodshield Aguilar (Lakota/Yaqui) or his 7th Generation Rise band at events, although rarely lately as he is focusing on his solo music career or playing with other musicians of all genres. She is a member of Walan Amana, a Nisenan rock band from the sierra foothills of California, whose lyrics are written in the Nisenan language about the 1848 California gold rush from the native perspective. Mignon is a volunteer broadcaster since 2007, on KFOK Community Radio, 95.1 FM, Georgetown, CA, hosting “Indigenous Soul" airing pre-recorded indigenous music and sounds of Turtle Island (America) Wednesdays, 4-6pm.

She is also an active member of the El Dorado County Indian Council, Friends of the Nature Area, and an active supporter of the Buffalo Field Campaign protecting the last of the wild, genetically pure buffalo in Yellowstone Park, www.buffalofieldcampaign.org. This year will be her 5th year on tour, performing native style flute music full-time with the BFC on their annual fall West Coast Roadshow touring through the states of Washington, Oregon and California for 30-35 days, “spreading the word to save the herd.”

For the past 9 years, she and Anna Kastner have been co-coordinators and stage managers of the Global Indigenous Peoples Village at California World Fest’s annual music event, which will just took place July 13-16, 2017, in Grass Valley, California. Please visit http://worldfest.net/global-indigenous-peoples-2017/ or www.worldfest.net. Mignon played the Native American style flute with the band, 7th Generation Rise, which included Goodshield Aguilar and Johnny Zee Martinez. For the 4th year, Mignon will perform at the Black Hills Unity Concert in Piedmont, South Dakota September 8-10, 2017, a free concert. Last April she helped organize and shared flute medicine at a benefit concert featuring Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), Nahko Bear and the Cody Blackbird Band and proceeds will benefit the “free” Black Hills Unity Concert.

Mignon was born in San Francisco, of Filipino-Spanish-Maya descent, and for the past 17 years has been living in the California sierra foothills by the town of Coloma, in Nisenan-Maidu country. She was one of the first students of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State College and was a student at State, when the Indian occupation of Alcatraz happened in November of 1969 with one of the leaders being Richard Oakes, Mohawk, who was also instrumental in developing the Native American curriculum at SFSC. In 2009, in collaboration with Dorinda Moreno and Oakes’ widow, Anna, and daughter Fawn, she organized a tribute to Richard Oakes Legacy and Indians of All Tribes at the Georgetown Nature Fest commemorating 40 years since the occupation. Two of the guest performers were Bear Fox and Lawrence Laughing, both Mohawks from Akwesasne, as well as Blackfire from the Dineh/Navajo nation in Arizona.

She has four music albums available for purchase. Naturally Flute & Drum and Soul-A-Mente were in collaboration with Goodshield Aguilar and/or 7th Generation Rise. She is a guest flautist on Goodshield Aguilar's The Fifth World album which is available on CD Baby and includes Buffalo Wild by John Trudell (Santee Sioux): http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/7thGenerationRise. As of June 2017, she released a solo album, Under A Buffalo Sun, flute medicine by Mignon Geli with just flute and percussion, no vocals or electronics, but the album includes two poems one recited by Stephen Meadows (Ohlone) and the other by John Trudell (Santee Sioux). She is donating 10% of the CD proceeds to the Buffalo Field Campaign (non-profit).

There may be another album released soon, again in collaboration with Goodshield Aguilar, titled Soul-A-Mente 2. Stay tuned!

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