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Native  Dance

Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle

 

An evening of song and Native American dance was held when Shelley Morningsong performed on November 11, 2013 here at the Nuui Cunni Cultural  Center.

Morningsong is Northern Cheyenne/Dutch and has recorded three sensational Native American, contemporary albums emerging as one of New Mexico’s finest Native performers.

With an alto voice that pulls from the depths of her cowboy boots, and songs with lyrics that cut to the heart, she will appeal to those who enjoy the music of Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bonnie Raitt.  Morningsong has played guitar since she was ten years old, then she also learned to play the classical flute. Since then she’s mastered the Native flute, on which  she performs skillful, heartfelt instrumentals on some of her compositions.

Morningsong also writes theme songs for organizations that she believes in. She has written the theme song for    Futures for Children, a very worthy    organization that diligently supports  Native children to finish high school and get into college. She also wrote the theme song for Electro-Magnetic Health, a group of scientists who are working hard to bring awareness concerning the effects of micro magnetic wages on the earth, humans and nature.

Shelley Morningsong has been featured in several  magazines such as Cowboys & Indians, Native Peoples and New Mexico Magazine to name a few. She tours nationally and internationally with the full band featured on her album Full Circle, which was skillfully engineered and produced by Grammy Award winner Larry Mitchell.  Mitchell contributes a strong rock sensibility with his electric and acoustic guitars.

Morningsong’s husband and musical partner Fabian Fontenelle adds a breathtaking and beautiful element to their performance with his traditional northern plains style dancing, storytelling and drumming.

The couple met in 2001 and married in 2005. Fontenelle is an original member of the American Indian Dance Theater.  Both Morningsong and Fontenelle are recent touring members of the famous Robert Mirabal’s musical “music from a Painted Cave” feature on PBS  Special Performance’s.

Fabian Fontenelle is Zuni/Omaha.  He was born in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico but he also has family in Nebraska. Fontenelle is the great, great grandson of the famed Chief Big Elk of the Omaha people. Fontenelle compliments the Shelley Morningsong Band by adding what has been a long history of delighting audiences from his countless travels around the world. With powerful dance performances intertwined with traditional storytelling, Fontenelle depicts a profound imagery of a “Spirit World” pronouncing the spoken work of his ancestors in his fluent Native Zuni Language.  A performance by Fabian Fontenelle is a show in itself, a captivating display of ancient sacred songs, dancing, drumming and hand-crafted regalia adorned with the intricacy of hand-beading and more.

Fontenelle is an original member of the American Indian Dance Theatre, and also provided master-work choreography and performances with two time Grammy Award Winning Taos Pueblo, NM acclaimed artist Robert Mirabal on tour in “Music from Painted Cave” which was also featured on PBS television under “Great Performances”.

Fontenelle is also an educator on the history of Native America and has done consulting work and acting for the History Channel, Into the West produced by Stephen Spielberg and other productions as well as education for public schools.

 

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"Nuui Cunni" (Our House) Native American

Inter-Tribal Cultural Center

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