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Medicine Dream

Medicine Dream, an Intertribal First Nations band that performs contemporary Native American music in a heartfelt and unique style all their own, is based out of Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

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Having 3 successful releases to their credit, their first International release on Canyon Records, Mawio'mi, received three nominations at the Native American Music Awards (NAMA) in 2000. Their music video In This World won the NAMA for Best Short or Long Form Video in 2006, and was produced and co-directed by Medicine Dream percussionist and vocalist Steven Wounded Deer Alvarez.

Medicine Dream's second recording, entitled Tomegan Gospem (also a Canyon release) features a focused look into the Ktaqmkuk Mi'kmaq people of Newfoundland, Canada. Its message conveys who their people are from an Elder’s point of view.

Their third recording, Learning to Fly is being released independently in 2007. The music focuses on songs that generate hope and inspire us to celebrate the joy of life and promises to be a favorite of Medicine Dream fans. “Medicine Dreams’ Learning to Fly will take your breath away”. (Music reviewer, Josh Cole, July 2007).

The group has toured extensively throughout the United States, recently performing for a second time at the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, in Salem, Massachusetts for the Peabody Essex Museum’s grand Re-opening, and they traveled to Ireland in 2001 performing for the World Peace and Prayer Day ceremonies.

Medicine Dream contributes greatly to the fight against drug and alcohol abuse as well as suicide prevention, by promoting sobriety and both physical and spiritual wellness. It is the band’s desire to build understanding between all peoples by communicating spiritual growth through living the Wellness Path. Medicine Dream is committed to promoting sobriety and both spiritual and physical wellness.

Medicine Dream represents many nations coming together to share the group's message as well as to promote cultural unity. The members of the group are as diverse culturally as they are musically, representing the Athabascan, Apache, Aleut, Choctaw, Inupiaq, Mi’kmaq, Yaqui, Yup’ik and European nations.

Medicine Dream's unique sound has brought them to the forefront of the Native American music scene. Their live performances, which may include traditional dancers from the Living Traditions Dance Troupe, mesmerize audiences. Their music has been described as that which “transcends boundaries, possessing strong vocals, thick keyboards and guitars coupled with multi-layered rhythmic grooves. Their music takes the listener into a realm that offers spiritual peace without losing its tribal rock energy”.

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