Indigenous Anarchist Klee Benally In Paris

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Dominique Godreche
Indian Country Today
8/19/16

Klee Benally is a Diné musician, traditional dancer, filmmaker, silversmith and well-known Indigenous anarchist who was in Paris recently to perform a few concerts, and present his new feature, Power Lines.

Raised in Black Mesa, Arizona by a Jewish, Russian-Polish mother, folk musician and a Navajo father, who was medicine man and hoop dancer, Benally learned the traditional ways from a very young age.

As a teen, he co-created the group “Blackfire” with his siblings, Jeneda and Clayson, and played with the band for 20 years.

Self-taught, he explains his approach to his culture through music, “There is no separation between art and culture in Dine’ existence.”

After performing in Paris, and before leaving for the London Camden Fringe Festival’s event on “Indigenous resistance and liberation” Benally sat down with Indian Country Today to share his views on music, activism and cultural stereotypes.

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