The National Music Centre is proud to present premier powwow and round dance singing group and 8-time Grammy Award nominee, Northern Cree.
Since founding in 1982, Northern Cree have travelled all over North America singing at powwows in Canada and the United States and winning hundreds of championship signing titles from every major powwow including the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Julyamsh Powwow in Post Falls, Idaho. They have performed at folk festivals and have shared the beauty and vitality of their Indigenous culture with First Nations/Native Americans and non-Native audiences in many communities across the United States and Canada. Their singing and song making skills are highly respected by powwow dancers and singers alike. Their dedication to their Cree culture, their language and the powwow way of life have touched countless people and have inspired generations of young Native Americans to further explore their rich culture.
In 1998 they provided music and appeared in the major theatrical film, Grey Owl, starring Pierce Brosnan and directed by Academy Award-winning director Richard Attenborough. In 2013, Northern Cree completed a tour of Greenland and performed in London’s Trafalgar Square as part of the celebration of Canada Day.
They have released 38 recordings spanning 25 years with Phoenix-based Canyon Records. Their recordings have won numerous awards including multiple Nammys (Native American Music Awards), Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards and Indian Summer Music Awards. In addition, their recordings have earned them dozens of nominations over the years including 8 Grammy nominations.
In 2016, they won the coveted 1st Place title in the Northern Style singing category at the Gathering of Nations Powwow held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Northern Cree’s most recent recording It’s A Cree Thing — Cree Round Dance Songs was nominated for a Grammy in the Regional Roots category at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Northern Cree performed the song “Cree Cuttin’” live on the pre-telecast portion of the show that was streamed worldwide. This marked the first time Native American/First Nations traditional music was performed on the Grammy stage.
In May of 2017, Northern Cree was honoured in Winnipeg as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indigenous Music Awards.
Northern Cree are role models for all First Nations people and live by founding member Steve Wood’s motto: “If you believe in yourself, who you are, where you come from, your culture and more importantly your language, it will take you to places you have never even dreamed of.”
Special thanks to the Viewpoint Foundation for their support. Thanks also to media partners BeatRoute (AB) and Theyyscene.