For our inaugural meeting special guest singer, songwriter, and activist Martha Redbone joins us for a discussion on the roles women play as the carriers of family history and the responsibility to affirm and create community. Growing up with family from the matriarchal Choctaw and Cherokee tribes, Redbone will share her experience lending her voice to preserve and educate audiences on her people’s history, existence, and threats to survival.

About this roundtable:
This roundtable brings together musicians, artists, engineers, and others to form a community around sound-based practices, centered on the experiences of female-identifying participants. All gender identities are welcome to join the conversation!

Next in the series: The DJ + Diplomat, with guest DJ Rehka,  The Engineer, with guest Sascha von Oertzen

Meera Dugal is the Programming Manager for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and manager of NYC-based Moroccan band Innov Gnawa; she has worked with globalFEST, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, The Jazz Gallery, and Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar.

Martha Redbone (Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw/African-American descent) is one of today’s leading contemporary Native American singer/songwriters who has become one of the most vital voices in American Roots music. A multi award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress is celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified New York City’s Brooklyn streets. Redbone gives lectures and holds roundtable talks on Indigenous Womens Rights and Cultural Identity, at University of Dartmouth, Purdue University, NYU and UMass at Amherst to name a few. Redbone is a member of WhyHunger.org Artists Against Hunger and Poverty program initiative and serves on the Advisory Board of the ManUp Campaign, a global initiative to end gender-based violence. She is a 2016 Fellow of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.