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by Thoz Womenz

Original songs from a Native women's drum lift prayers and invite dance. Two solo hand drum songs are for healing and unity, with an Earth song featuring flute by Cody Blackbird.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Greatness
3:51 $0.99
2. Rivalz
3:14 $0.99
3. Everything Lives
3:13 $0.99
4. Narrow Road
2:50 $0.99
5. Join the Circle
3:51 $0.99
6. One I Love
3:48 $0.99
7. Bless Us
2:58 $0.99
8. Social Dance
3:45 $0.99
9. Healing Song from the Hills
2:49 $0.99
10. Cherokee Song
2:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Women fulfill many roles and accept diverse responsibilities. After advising and traveling with a youth drum for ten years, the women from Resources for Indian Student Education (RISE) who mentored the youth on a cultural road since 1995 felt led to form an adult drum. Their pursuit was for health, identity, revitalization of language, and to expand spirituality through the heartbeat of the drum.

“Thoz Womenz”, a name inspired by Red Lake Chippewa artist Sam English, formed in 2003. Singers on Thoz Womenz hold careers in education and medical/health services and they are Ann Sanchez, Ft Bidwell Paiute; Jo Guasco, Yurok; Christina Cruz, Chumash/Lenape; April Lea Go Forth, Aniyvwiya; Mary Beth Bullock; Kandi Maxwell, Tsalagi; and Lisa Craig, Pit River-Atwamsini/Paiute.

After two 2007 Native American Music Award nominations for their first CD “Language Preservation”, the group recorded a language CD in Pit River, Pomo and Cherokee called “Thoz Womenz and Them Guyz”. Later they joined other women singers during a 2012 Native Women's Drum Retreat to record a compilation called "Thoz Womenz N' Friendz". Last year the group gifted 24 songs to Native women at drums called SOS, “Songs for Our Sisters”. That CD was given to nearly 300 women and girls through a grant from Yocha Dehe. Their newest CD, simply called “Songz”, honors language and women.

Thoz Womenz style remains a woman’s with language and their own original songs. The group adheres to respect of cultural diversity and adaptation, which has allowed Native people to persevere. Thoz Womenz have collaborated with Native women and drums for 20 years through a drum retreat/summit. The annual drum gathering seeks to connect women, girls and youth with cultural pride, health, spirituality and healing.
In their journey to revitalize language as the vessel of Native culture, Thoz Womenz have learned how we must each trust in ourselves, and believe in our value with pride because we are created for a purpose. The group feels honored to sing and instruct where ever called, and finds balance in sharing the circle with many strong, talented, generous and supporting drums and people.



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