Co-presented with Mesa Refuge
Join us for an afternoon of conversation, spoken word, and music with Lyla June Johnston, Sky Road Webb and Jaune Evans. Lyla June is a Refuge for Activists Fellow at the Mesa Refuge and was a presenter at the Geography of Hope: Ancestors & the Land conference in March. We are honored to welcome her back to Point Reyes Station to share her inspiration and wisdom with us. Lyla June’s offering of acoustic songs, hip-hop, poetry and personal story heal the heart and inspire the spirit. Her messaging focuses on Native American issues/rights/philosophy, intercultural reconciliation, European indigenous identity, freedom from addiction, and sustainable living practices. With every word Lyla June strives to invoke the urgency of love, beauty, unity and freedom. Her poetry, music and message have been honored nationally and internationally for its allegiance to non-violence, women’s health, faith and forgiveness. This event helps support the Miwok Music Project at Sound Orchard.
Lyla June Johnston is of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. She is a musician, poet, anthropologist, community organizer and servant of humanity from Taos, New Mexico. She is currently working with an intergenerational cohort of Diné peoples to develop a community based summer school teaching traditional ecological knowledge. Along with many other native youth and elders, Lyla June helped to push the Standing Rock movement towards a non-violent strategy and articulate the need to honor indigenous land rights. Her dream is to revitalize indigenous systems of sustainable living.
Sky Road Webb is a descendent of the Tamal’ko – Tomales Bay Miwok, of present day West Marin, and is President of the Marin American Indian Alliance. He has been a West Marin Community Fellow at the Mesa Refuge, nominated by Sound Orchard. Sky Road has composed and performed original Miwok songs with many organizations including The Museum of the American and Common Voice Choir. Through Sound Orchard, Sky Road has led Miwok Music Workshops, teaching traditional instrument making and sharing songs in the Coast Miwok dialect.
Jaune Evans is the executive director of Tamalpais Trust, an organization that offers grantmaking support for global indigenous-led organizations. She previously served as the managing director of the Tides Foundation and as the executive director of programs for the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she focused grantmaking on indigenous communities, environmental protection, contemporary visual art, literature, and cultural freedom. Jaune is an alum of the Mesa Refuge and an active member of their Advisory Committee.
Miwok Music Project explores the influence of music created by the indigenous people of Northern California through community singing, language instruction, song recording and documentation, and the creation of new music rooted in Miwok culture.