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Nov 4, 2016

Listen to our interview with Melissa Sanchez with Rock Your Mocs.  November is Native American Heritage Month.

2016 is the 6th year of Rock Your Mocs which is a worldwide Native American & Indigenous Peoples movement held annually during November which is also National Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. A.. It’s easy to participate by wearing moccasins to school, to work or wherever your day takes you. Or if a person doesn’t own mocs, can’t wear mocs, or perhaps their Tribe didn’t wear mocs, they may wear a Turquoise Awareness Ribbon instead. Even easier, the event takes place where you are, where you’re going and where you live. Rock Your Mocs if a fun way to unify Native American, Aboriginal, First Nations, Alaskan Native, Indigenous Peoples globally through internet social media, participants post their photos for everyone to enjoy, sharing their stories and creating an “online photo album” by using any one or all of the following hastags: #RYM2016 #ROCKYOURMOCS. It’s like a great big fun moccasin party that everyone gets to see pictures of! RYM was founded by Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico U.S.A. and she has partnered with Emergence Productions, a Native American owned Event Production Company, who together are working hard to expand this cultural empowerment initiative worldwide!

Around the world, people have taken the initiative to organize
- Moccasin making workshops
- Round dances
- Community “Fun” walk/run’s
- Group photos
- Native American and Indigenous cultural awareness events
- Connecting youth and elder events
- Museums have created moccasin or Rock Your Mocs exhibitions

Founder Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye hopes RYM Day “will continue to reach even further worldwide and inspire cultural pride for Native Americans wherever they may be, as well as anyone who would just like to participate in a fun way of celebrating Indigenous & Native American Peoples and U.S.A.‘s National Native American Heritage Month.”

Dates: During November

Why a week?
The dates have increased to a week, only because this creates more opportunity days. We are trying to accommodate schools, people who work Monday – Friday, and for people organizing events. (November 15th, the original date, tends to fall on a weekend)

Do we "have" to wear our Mocs the whole week?
Nope, choose a day or days or the whole week if you like.

Is there a main day? The original day will always be November 15th

Where is RYM: Where ever you may be! Wherever your day take you!

Why: We, as Indigenous people, wear our moccasins, standing together worldwide, while recognizing our Tribal individuality. Honoring our ancestors & indigenous peoples worldwide and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.

How to join in: Wear your moccasins or a Turquoise Awareness Ribbon or organize an event

Internet: Using Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc.) post your photos, group photos, stories on the Rock Your Mocs Facebook page

Use one or all the hashtags:
#NationalNativeAmericanHeritageDay #Moccasins #TurquoiseRibbon

Have fun and be creative
TRY: A rap, a hand drum song, dance out on your rez, dance, sing, juggle in a creative or unique place.
Walk in your mocs in the city, ride a horse, family photo, sibling photo, pets who wear mocs, group photo. Video
idea: tell the story behind you moccasin: did you make them, were they given to you?

Oct 27, 2016

Listen to our interview with Corinne Oestreich.  Corinne was given the name Waku Whichoni, Giver of Life.  She has been the surrogate for two families and 3 babies over the last few years.  Hear the story of her journey through carrying these gifts for others.  Learn about how to become involved in surrogacy.

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Sep 29, 2016

Welcome to Pow Wow Life, the online radio show from Pow Wow Life brings you interviews, news, and updates from around Indian Country. Recorded live each week on the Facebook Page. Watch and chat live with our guests.

This week's show features an interview recorded live at the 2016 Morongo Pow Wow.  Miss Indian World discussed her year so far.  She also talks about her tribe's battle against the pipeline.

Sep 16, 2016

Listen to our interview with Native American singer Delia Waskewitch.  Delia shares her songs and stories for us.  Her voice is known all around the Pow Wow Trail.  Her strong vocals come from a deep passion for her Native American Cree culture.

Sep 9, 2016

Listen to our interview with Kaplan Bunce with the Kauai Pow Wow.  Kaplan is President of the Native American group that organizes the Paradise Pow Wow on Kauai, Hawaii.  Learn more about the Hawaii Pow Wow trail, the Native American community in Hawaii, and tips for planning your Hawaii Pow Wow trip.


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Sep 2, 2016

Ashton Locklear is the first Native American to be a part of the United States Gymnastics Olympic Team!  After the Olympic Team Trials in San Jose, Locklear was added to the team as an alternate.

Listen to our interview of Ashton!

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Aug 25, 2016

Listen to our live interview with Supaman!

Recipient of the Aboriginal Peoples Music Choice Award. Native American Music Award. North American Indigenous Music Award. 7 time Tuney Award.

We have featured several of his videos in the past.  The videos have exploded online, hitting millions of views!

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Aug 19, 2016

Listen to our interview with Lisa Meeches recorded live at the 10th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival.

From Eagle Vision:

Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry, and a proud Ojibway from Long Plain First Nation. One of her recent projects, 4 time CSA nominee and 2 time winner We Were Children, is widely praised by residential school survivors for its power to heal, while general audiences have been moved by its accurate and truthful portrayal of the impacts of Canada’s colonial past.

Ms. Meeches has produced numerous projects to critical acclaim. Among them: more than 150 hours of :The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest running Aboriginal television series; Ice Road Truckers one of the most prolific television documentary series in US television history, Tipi Tales, a Parent’s Choice award winning children’s series; and Elijah, a Gemini Award winning MOW; and the 3 times nominated 2 time winner of CSA’s JACK.

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Aug 11, 2016

Listen to our interview with Native American photographer Adam Sings in the Timber.  Learn tips and tricks to improve your Pow Wow photos.  We also discuss the upcoming 2016 Crow Fair.

Pow Wow Life is recorded live on’s Facebook page!  Be sure to like our Facebook page to get notifications of future live shows.  Watch and chat live!

In this episode you'll learn:

  • Camera Recommendations
  • Action Photography Tips
  • Shooting Outdoors at night and in sunlight
  • Lens Recommendations
  • And more tips for Pow Wow Photography

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Aug 4, 2016

Listen to our interview with Lee Francis with the upcoming Indigenous ComicCon in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find out more about this upcoming convention that will feature Native Americans from TV, Movies, Authors, Actors and more!

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Jul 29, 2016

On this week's show, we talk about the new and updates from including videos from Mandaree Pow Wow, interview with, Gymnast Ashton Locklear and more. is your source for information on Native American athletes.

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Jul 26, 2016

Interview with Brent Cahwee from  We talk about the Native American heading to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.  Brent also gives us a year in review of Native athletes.

Jul 7, 2016

Darren Thompson is a renowned Native American musician and contributor to!

Darren Thompson is an educator, public speaker, facilitator, and Native American flute player from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indian Reservation in Northern Wisconsin.  He has spent most of his adult life serving communities through leadership development, American Indian cultural awareness workshops, and the arts.

His career as an American Indian musician began with a burning curiosity of a nearly lost instrument – the Native American flute – while an undergraduate at Marquette University. Within a short time he became a sought-after concert musician who shared both traditional American Indian flute songs as well as his original compositions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has shared the stage with many award-winning musicians, artists, and talents giving him the inspiration to thrive as an artist.

His dedication to the preservation of American Indian music has taken him to some of North America’s most prominent American Indian organizations and events, including the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the National Indian Education Association, the National Congress of American Indians, the North American Indigenous Games, America’s largest American Indian cultural festival, many universities, organizations, communities, and has recently began to share his talents internationally.

In 2009 Darren released his debut album, “The Song of Flower: Native American Songs from Ojibwe Country,” with Bear Tracks Digital Media, an American Indian owned production label. “The Song of Flower” was highly supported by well-known political prisoner and activist Leonard Peltier and Darren was invited to share his music all over the United States promoting for Peltier’s freedom and performing at his art galleries. He hosts an annual Native American flute retreat in his community, the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation, with select flutemakers and renowned fluteplayers teaching eager learners about the instrument from all over the world.

In 2015, Darren released his second album “Between Earth and Sky: Native American Flute Music Recorded in the Black Hills,” with Drumhop Productions, an American Indian production label well-known in Indian Country that produces the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow CD and many others from throughout Turtle Island. Early in its release, Between Earth and Sky has received acclaim from media and professionals supporting the album’s intent – to preserve history. From the album’s success, Darren was awarded an artist-in-residence opportunity with the world’s largest monument, the Crazy Horse National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

As a result of his successful residence at Crazy Horse Memorial, Darren was selected to be a regular performer in the summer months at Crazy Horse giving him the opportunity to continue to share his music with hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. 

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