Eagle and Hawk Triumphant at Native American Music Awards

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Winnipeg rock act Eagle & Hawk was honoured at the Native American Music Awards (Nammys), where its album Mother Earth was named Best Pop/Rock Recording. The Nammys, which took place in Florida on June 8, are North American’s most prestigious awards honouring achievements by Aboriginal artists across the globe.

Eagle & Hawk has been riding on a wave of success from both Mother Earth and its latest release, Life Is..., which was nominated for a 2006 JUNO Award for Best Aboriginal Recording. The quintet has won two Indian Summer Music Awards (2004 and 2005), three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2004) and has been recognized by Junos and the Western Canadian Music Awards in the last two years alone.

Eagle & Hawk’s hit “Sundancer” was also up for a Nammy for Song/Single of the Year. Audiences in Florida were treated to a live performance of the nominated song at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Eagle & Hawk was the only Canadian act to perform at the eighth annual awards show.

Two other local acts were up for Nammys this year, including multiple Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning folk artist Little Hawk and the Red Shadow Singers, nominated for Native Heart and Best Traditional Recording, respectively.

The albums of Eagle & Hawk, Red Shadow Singers, and Little Hawk were all released by Manitoba-based label Arbor Records, which specializes in Aboriginal music.

The NAMMYs feature a diverse group of over 125 nominees with origins as far as Alaska and Hawaii and New Zealand in 25 categories. The Native American Music Awards is a leading membership-based association composed of artists, music industry professionals, and other professionals dedicated to promoting and preserving Aboriginal music through the United States and around the world.

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