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Cody Blackbird - 2011 NAMA Winner

"Flutist of the Year”

Cody Blackbird is one of Indian Country's fastest rising stars. From the tundra of Alaska to the Seminole land of Florida all the way down under to the Outback of Australia Cody has spread his beautiful award winning music and his message of unity. Cody tours on a full time basis not only performing but also working closely with Youth on Drug and alcohol awareness and suicide prevention as well as the importance of returning to the traditional ways and values of indigenous peoples. Cody is proud to be a drug and alcohol free artist and motivational speaker. Cody Blackbird is the youngest to ever receive the Flutist of the Year Award at the 2011 Native American Music Awards.

About: Cody Blackbird

Cody Blackbird is a traditional Native American Flutist who is Eastern Band Cherokee and Dakota. To date, he has released four full length albums and performed with the likes of Grammy award winners Joanne Shenandoah, Bill Miller, Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Nokie Edwards of the Ventures and others. For his third album, The Journey, Cody was named Flutist of the Year by the Native American Music Awards. He is the youngest ever recipient of this prestigious award. Cody has been playing the flute and practicing traditional singing since the age of eight. Music runs in the Blackbird family; Cody's father is also a renowned American Indian poet and songwriter

Cody has lived in many different places across the U.S. including Ohio, Idaho, South Dakota and Alaska, which has allowed him to experience varying cultures and traditions. He was brought up with and still follows the Dakota way of life and maintains a traditional lifestyle. Cody tours on a full-time basis and also works with youth across the country as a motivational speaker tackling subjects like substance abuse, suicide prevention, and goal-setting. In keeping with his lifestyle, he also emphasizes the importance of holding on to traditional values.

Cody has been featured in various publications including The New York Times, Lakota Country Times, Lakota Journal, and Indian Country Today. With his unique blend of traditional flute, hand drum, and powerful vocals, Cody has opened up the world of Native American music to a new generation.



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