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Awake to Rhythm fundraiser filled with activities

Published on October 5, 2017 8:30AM

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Mary Beth Nickle and Rodney Turner

Mary Beth Nickle and Rodney Turner

Doc Slyter

Doc Slyter

The Yachats Commons will “Awake to Rhythm,” Saturday, Oct. 14 in a lively and welcoming music-filled fundraiser for My Sisters’ Place, a nonprofit that, using an anti-oppression framework, provides services for individuals in Lincoln County who have experienced interpersonal violence.

The event-full day will start with an interpretive tour of the Ya’Xaik Trail, starting from the Smelt Sands State Park in Yachats. The rest of the day will take place at the Commons, starting with an interactive weaving workshop, and an informative talk about colonization and its effects on indigenous communities.

In the evening, a number of musical artists will perform.

Between performances there will be silent and oral auctions and a raffle. Native American vendors will be on hand throughout the day and evening with beautiful and authentic crafts, jewelry and other items for sale. Finger foods and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

Featured artists (in order of appearance) include:

Johnny Moses – an incredibly talented master storyteller, oral historian and healer. Johnny was raised on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in the remote Nuu-chah-nulth village of Ohiat. He learned tribal traditions from his grandparents and is fluent in eight native languages. His stories are from several different tribes and relay messages that have informed the lives of native people for hundreds of years.

Doc Slyter – a Native American flutist, Tribal Council member and Tribal Flutist with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.

Mary Beth Nickel – a resident of Siletz, Mary Beth is a singer-songwriter and mental health therapist, passionate about music making with the Native American flute, frame drum, Celtic harp and voice. Since 1990, she has been playing in various ensembles and spiritual music groups in Oregon, Wyoming and Colorado.

Rodney Turner – a mufti-talented percussionist who plays with the band Undertow in diverse genres ranging from reggae to rap to rock to Celtic, playing a wide variety of percussion, including djembe, bongos, congas, contemporary drum kit, and the Vietnamese danmo.

Chayag – means “to arrive” in Quichua, the indigenous language of the Incas. This group was founded in Quito, Ecuador, sharing and preserving the ancestral music, dance and culture of the indigenous people of the Andes for more than 20 years, while touring in South America, the Middle East, Europe and the US. Settling in the US in 2001, Chayag member Alex LI added new members with varying musical backgrounds. Today Chayag presents an exciting program of folkloric music and dance from the Andean region, using a wide variety of authentic instruments.

Awake to Rhythm is an opportunity to shine a light on the society-wide problem of violence, while also highlighting the significantly higher levels of violence faced by communities of color, including Native Americans. One in five women in Oregon will experience sexual assault in their lifetime, and one in four women will experience domestic violence. For Native American women, one in three will experience sexual assault, and three in five will experience domestic violence.

The mission of My Sisters’ Place is to comprehensively support those affected by interpersonal violence in Lincoln County by providing shelter, practical assistance, promoting community awareness, and actively working to change the community norms around violence. All funds raised from this Awake to Rhythm event will help support these efforts, as everyone deserves to be safe.

All activities before the evening concert are free. The weaving event is limited to 50 participants. Call (541) 574-9424 to reserve a spot. Tickets for the evening event are $20.00 for an individual or $25.00 for a family and are available at My Sisters’ Place in Newport, Chuck’s Waldport Video in Waldport, Mari’s Books in Yachats and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3044484.

The Yachats Commons is located at 441 N Hwy 101.

For additional information, contact Joanne Kittel at (541) 961-8374.


10:30 am – 12 pm: Interpretive Tour of the Ya’Xaik Trail

1 pm: Participatory weaving event

3 pm: Talk on the effects of colonization

5:30 pm: Musical performances begin (doors open at 5)


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