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Soul-a-Mente

GOODSHIELD AGUILAR is a Turtle Island Native of Oglala Lakota and Pasqua Yaqui heritage.

From a young age, art and music had always played a major role in his observations and expressions of the world around him. Cultural identity was always important too, having grown up in California, far from his regional ancestral lands, he has successfully faced the challenge of keeping strong cultural ties.

Music and activism has taken him all over Turtle Island (and Europe), introducing him to the beauty and diversity of the many nations across this land and beyond and also the struggles and plights continuing today, from sacred site desecration, to revoked water rights, to contamination of the environment, and the slaughtering of buffalo and wolves.

By his mid 20′s, Good Shield had devoted his music and energy to speaking up for the Last Wild Herd of Buffalo left in Yellowstone, MT and the salmon on the Klamath River where he lives in Northern California. Music had become a way to bring awareness and consciousness rather than just entertainment.

Good Shield’s styles range from traditional drumming and singing, to acoustic melodies with spoken word, to funky dance grooves to hard rock. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, piano, and flute. He is best known for his solo acoustic performances, strumming an acoustic guitar while pounding on a bass drum with his foot and belting out Indigenous chants, singing, and spoken word. At other times, one might catch him playing with a full band called, 7th GENERATION RISE, comprised of other, like minded Indigenous friends/fellow musicians. For the last several years the full band has included Johnnie Martinez on drums and Mignon Geli on native wood flutes and both contributed their music talents to The Fifth World album. For more information, visit our Facebook page "Goodshield Aguilar / 7th Generation Rise."

When Good Shield isn’t traveling with music or isn’t up in Yellowstone with the Buffalo Field Campaign, he is a “green builder”, building eco-friendly strawbale homes and structures, enjoying nature, as he is a lover of the outdoors and is a blessed father of three beautiful young warriors!
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MIGNON GELI taught herself to play the Native American style wood flute after her son gifted her with one 14 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 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 6th 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 days, “spreading the word to save the herd.”

For the past 10 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 just took place July 12-15, 2018 in Grass Valley, California. Please visit http://worldfest.net/global-indigenous-peoples-2018/ or www.worldfest.net. Mignon played the Native American style flute with the Keith Secola band, with Chonie Vargas/Indigenous Soul Rising and with Goodshield Aguilar/Soul-A-Mente. For 4 years Mignon performed solo and with Goodshield at the Black Hills Unity Concert in Piedmont, South Dakota 2014-2017, a free concert. Last year April 2017 she helped organize and shared flute medicine with Goodshield on hand drum at a benefit concert featuring Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), Nahko Bear and the Cody Blackbird Band and proceeds benefitted the “free” 2017 Black Hills Unity Concert.

Mignon was born in San Francisco, of Filipino-Spanish-Maya descent, and for the past 18 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 in collaboration with Goodshield Aguilar and/or 7th Generation Rise. She is a guest flutist 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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