Winner of Two Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) — Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Nominee

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Keeper of the Family is a collaboration between Shining Woman (Barbara Warren) and Otsigeya, a Northern California women’s drum group. The theme of Keeper of the Family embraces women as life-givers. Women’s inner strengths and attributes as caregivers are the sinews which bind families together. Listen to the drum, feel the rhythm, absorb the harmonies, and these songs will help heal and soothe the spirit. Songs are good medicine.

Released in April 2016, Keeper of the Family features twenty-one original songs in Cherokee and English in both traditional and contemporary styles on two CDS:

    • Shining Woman Disc 1: 11 songs – A contemporary blend of melodic songs with 3-part harmonies and instrumentals.
    • Otsigeya Disc 2: 10 songs – A women’s drum group offering fresh, original, and inspirational women’s songs in a traditional style.

To listen to song samples, go to the Music page.