Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project

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A mobile multimedia recording and video production studio preserving and archiving Native American stories and songs across the Nation for future generations.
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Kenneth Estrada
Education
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States
1 Team Member

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The Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project is a mobile multimedia recording and video production studio preserving and archiving Native Peoples stories and songs across the Native Peoples Nation for future generations.  

Traveling across the country to Native Pueblos and Reservations, the Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project documents the Elders voice of Storytellers and Sacred Songs from ALL Indigenous Nations; legendary tales, stories, and songs… The vastness of 'Sacred' words and songs is such an important and rapidly diminishing way of life in the Native lands.

As many Elders have cried in prayer…”Grandfather, the stars have faded from the sky, have become lights on paved streets… the children won’t hear our songs any longer… The road narrows as I speak…

The Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project says; ‘We must document and preserve this important and historical treasure of wisdom…we have lost enough over time…This is for the children’s grandchildren…It is their birth right’…

All works produced by Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project at Tribes and or Pueblos will be available to Tribal Members through their tribes Cultural Preservation Office in multiple digital formats. (mp3, CD, DVD)

Works that have been deemed ‘Sacred’ are not for distribution outside of Tribal Lands.

Sacred works will be decided upon by the Tribal Elders.  Ideally these works will be recorded in the tribal language and translated to English.

Stories and songs that the Elders decide to make available to the general public will be available at the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institute. These recordings will also be compiled onto CD and or DVD and packaged for distribution through Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project.   Royalty payments will be paid to each participating tribe directly through the publisher. (ASCAP, BMI) 

'This project will consume the rest of my life with Honor and Passion'

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About the Founder and Producer Ken Estrada

 

Sharing Wisdom and Creativity in a Sacred Space: A Closer Look at Santa Fe Artist Ken Estrada

by Felicia Lujan

 The studio of an artist can be a sacred sanctuary. When it comes to the works of art created by Santa Fe artist Ken Estrada, that which is sacred permeates his artistic space. Estrada is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He shares the wisdom of his people using art as a divine medium. His works are deep and highly symbolic. The paintings created by Estrada capture the intimate knowledge of his ancestors using signature earth pigments. The walls of his sacred sanctuary are strewn with earthy tones and imagery which help minds understand stories of the past.

 Art and artistic expression has been a great part of Estrada's life. As a young boy he was exposed to creative thinking while he sat near the side of his grandfather, a master carpenter who specialized in Spanish Colonial designs. He believes that “everyone has a new idea or approach” to art which “essentially documents the world” they live in. For this reason, Estrada sees his art as a method of storytelling. All of his creative endeavors share “the wisdom of the elders so that it can live on” regardless of the vehicle of expression.

 In addition to acquiring respect for art from his grandfather, Estrada also developed a profound appreciation for ancient petroglyphs and pictographs. These spectacular images have remained engrained in his mind's eye. In his youth, Estrada spent several years intrigued by the mystical markings left by the Anasazi at BandelierNationalMonument. Estrada grew up at the monument and lived with his uncle who was a park ranger there. He has said that this was “the seed” which inspired his “works and respect for past civilizations expressions of art.” This is a primary reason that the artist opts to work with natural pigments.

 “The most logical choice was earth,” Estrada said. “In my process I discovered that not only can I get texture from the earth, but more importantly pigments. So most of the pigment, tone and texture, starts from collecting various rocks and minerals from the canyons and mountains of New Mexico. These rocks and minerals are crushed and sifted to a fine powder then mixed with acrylic base and applied generously to stretched canvas by hand and brush.” The act of physically collecting the natural elements featured in paint on his pieces is a spiritual process.

 Estrada is a man of many talents.  His wife Michelle has called him a “renaissance man” and “true artist” who is “gifted in music, song, writing, art, master craftsmanship, poetry, and thought.” She believes he has “remained faithful to all of his blessed talents” by “baring his soul to the City Different where he was born and raised.”  His artistic expression extends beyond imagery and penetrates several senses in addition to the eyes and mind. He not only captures images in paint, he also captures spiritual sounds though music, as well as through the oral history of his ancestors. He has been passionately archiving ancient stories and songs from Native American storytellers over the last year, a project he founded called Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project has been consuming his thoughts for over a decade.  He finally had the realization that he must start this project on his own and set aside the bigger picture of funding needs. He has been recording and producing this project in his private recording studio but is eager to get on the road and travel to native reservations where the ‘Elders Voice’ can be heard. “I truly believe that if we do our part, Creator will take care of the rest.”  

 The studio of this local artist is indeed a sacred sanctuary. The unique works created by Ken Estrada are unmatched and convey imagery which appears to jump from the canvas into the soul of the observer. Estrada shares the ancient wisdom of the Casas Grande Apache Nation by using art as a divine medium. The works of this artist offer a sound look into the stories of the past, and inspire a future of creativity and respect for Mother Earth.

This local artist is excited to extend the reach of his sacred creations at this years Santa Fe Indian Market. His sacred space will be open to the public so that people from around the world can catch a unique glimpse into the mind of a native artist. This year Estrada will feature his works near the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The Santa Fe Indian Market is a local event with an international draw, and has been hosted by the non-profit organization SWAIA (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts) for close to 100 years.    

 

Estrada’s opening reception is Friday August 16, 2013 from 6-8 pm. Estrada Studio is located in the Plaza Mercado building on the top floor. 

112 W San Francisco Street suite 302 Santa Fe NM 87501

 

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What we need

  • Durable recreational vehicle or motor home to be converted to mobile recording production studio.
  • Neverending supply of gasoline.
  • Durable audio and video recording equipment, microphones, windscreens, mic stands, booms, etc..
  • Solar panel kits to charge power..(generator for emergency only)
  • Power Inverters
  • External hard disk drives
  • Pro Tools workstation
  • Audio Rack Mount for; compressor, limiter, gate, 37 band stereo EQ, tube pre-amps, CD recorder,
  • Studio audio monitors
  • Computer, printer, scanner
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    This DVD captures the 'mission' and adventures of launching the Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project. Witness elders in the moment sharing their stories and songs... Travel with the crew to beautiful Native lands and join us around the campfire as we prepare offerings from the Native Storytellers.

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    This professionally produced and mastered compilation CD will be the first release to share wisdom and bring awareness to this very important mission. The Documentary DVD captures the 'mission' and adventures of launching the Indigenous Spoken Song Archival Project. Witness elders in the moment sharing their stories and songs... Travel with the crew to beautiful Native lands and join us around the campfire as we prepare offerings from the Native Storytellers.

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