Interview with Lyla June, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Lyla June
Lyla June (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Lyla June is an Indigenous environmental scientist, doctoral student, educator, community organizer, and musician of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages from Taos, NM. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance and speech style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective, and ecological healing. Her messages focus on the climate crisis, Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma, and traditional land stewardship practices. She blends her undergraduate studies in human ecology at Stanford University, her graduate work in Native American Pedagogy at the University of New Mexico, and the indigenous worldview she grew up with to inform her perspectives and solutions. Her internationally-acclaimed performances and speeches are conveyed through the medium of prayer, hip-hop, poetry, acoustic music, and speech. Her personal goal is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper.

Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 11/02/2020.
Raquel Paraíso
Music; United States; Covid-19 Pandemic
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Musicians in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Society for Ethnomusicology

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