My name is Frazer Sundown. I come from the Oneida Nation and I am of the Turtle Clan. I grew up on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation near Basom New York, where I developed my gift of singing and love of Indigenous music. I now reside in London, Ontario while attending school to become a language teacher. My influence of music came from my father and mother as I travelled with them to many ceremonies, socials, and powwows.
In life we go through so many ups and downs as it can be a roller coaster sometimes. The songs on this album are meant to express these feelings of being up and down and are a variety of love songs and War Dance songs because without love there cannot be war and without war there cannot be love. As my father introduced me to the Longhouse, Powwow, and Roundance style of music, I developed my own sound creating songs that give much pleasure to listeners and dancers to jam out.
In this album there are three sets of songs; the Women’s Dance, Roundance, and Smoke Dance. The Women’s Dance songs are a social dance coming from the Longhouse style which is meant to Honor our women as they are the life givers of our people. In our creation story, a woman was set on a turtle’s back to give life in which allowed the turtle’s back to grow into what we know as Mother Earth; a dance was performed in order for the turtle’s back to grow, the “Women’s Dance” or “Kunukweneha”. Through my understanding, the Roundance style of singing comes from the Cree people in which is a ritual of song and dance that is performed in the Winter months for loved ones that have gone on into the spirit world and for our significant partners. Smoke Dance comes from the Hotinoshoni People and Longhouse style as the songs are made from melodic chants in the musical dialect of our social dance songs and original war dance songs. I have had the privilege of sharing new songs from each genre of my own and my brother’s styles of music. In my upbringing, I have been heavily exposed to these styles of singing as I partake in longhouse Ceremonies & Socials, Smoke Dances, Powwows, and Roundances. I’ve been fortunate in having the pleasures of singing alongside and learning from some of the greatest singers from each of these styles of singing.
Indigenous music awards nominee
Best Indigenous Language Album
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Round dance and Beats CD
The songs on this album are meant to express these feelings of being up and down and are a variety of love songs and War Dance songs because without love there cannot be war and without war there cannot be love.