Life’s natural soundtrack.

 ‘Nahko and Medicine for the People’ is on Winona LaDuke’s personal home playlist!

Winona LaDuke makes a pilgrimage to see Nahko and Medicine for the People play at Harmony Park's Shagri-La Festival. Wookiefoot hosts events and festivals at Harmony Park including the Shangri-La music festival. The website regarding the festival says, "Shangri-La Ð A mythical Utopia and Earthly Paradise known as a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. A place of great beauty and peace. With your support last summer we succeeded at making this annualÊparty into an intentional Celebration of Conscious Music and love. Its alwaysÊwhat this family has been about and given the opportunity yÕall respondedÊto it beautifully ! ÊWhat a magical weekendÉ the type of gathering we are proud Êof and can see hosting for manyÉ MANY more years to come!!! We have set this intention one step deeper with the changes to Project Earth this year.ÊYour response to this has blown our minds ! ÊWe are feeling a synchronistic synergy with you at an important time in history. A timeÊfor us to be together É where Òtogether we can have it allÓ."

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival

Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke   Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival     Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music FestivalWinona LaDuke makes a pilgrimage to see Nahko and Medicine for the People play at Harmony Park's Shagri-La Festival. Wookiefoot hosts events and festivals at Harmony Park including the Shangri-La music festival. The website regarding the festival says, "Shangri-La Ð A mythical Utopia and Earthly Paradise known as a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. A place of great beauty and peace. With your support last summer we succeeded at making this annualÊparty into an intentional Celebration of Conscious Music and love. Its alwaysÊwhat this family has been about and given the opportunity yÕall respondedÊto it beautifully ! ÊWhat a magical weekendÉ the type of gathering we are proud Êof and can see hosting for manyÉ MANY more years to come!!! We have set this intention one step deeper with the changes to Project Earth this year.ÊYour response to this has blown our minds ! ÊWe are feeling a synchronistic synergy with you at an important time in history. A timeÊfor us to be together É where Òtogether we can have it allÓ."

Filming Winona LaDuke’s world has expanded my musical horizon as I traveled on the very first Honor the Earth tour back in 1994 with The Indigo Girls, John Trudell, Annie Humphrey, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown and and David Crosby and now I know about Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival

While thinking about music for the film, I say to myself, “Close your eyes. Bring your favorite scenes of your history to mind.Notice how you feel. Notice where you are and who is by your side. Then imagine the music that is wafting through your mind while recalling the event.” Who would be playing? Which musicians? Whoa! This is where I get stuck!

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival Music is so important in films. Songs help find the beat of the scene, the rhythm of life. Music reflects the feel of the emotional intention of what is on screen reflecting what is going on without hijacking the scene. If it is there naturally – it is better!

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival

The beautiful thing about the genre of documentary filmmaking is that sometimes, if you are LUCKY, there are amazing artists who are just naturally a part of the story.

Winona LaDuke makes a pilgrimage to see Nahko and Medicine for the People play at Harmony Park's Shagri-La Festival. Wookiefoot hosts events and festivals at Harmony Park including the Shangri-La music festival. The website regarding the festival says, "Shangri-La Ð A mythical Utopia and Earthly Paradise known as a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. A place of great beauty and peace. With your support last summer we succeeded at making this annualÊparty into an intentional Celebration of Conscious Music and love. Its alwaysÊwhat this family has been about and given the opportunity yÕall respondedÊto it beautifully ! ÊWhat a magical weekendÉ the type of gathering we are proud Êof and can see hosting for manyÉ MANY more years to come!!! We have set this intention one step deeper with the changes to Project Earth this year.ÊYour response to this has blown our minds ! ÊWe are feeling a synchronistic synergy with you at an important time in history. A timeÊfor us to be together É where Òtogether we can have it allÓ."

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival.

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If asked “who is the most played artist for the soundtrack for Winona’s life?” The first name I would give is – Nahko and Medicine for the People. Other artists have a special place on the Winona playlist, but for most every kind of celebration and chore in the LaDuke household – Nahko is playing.

So I feel lucky when I can film and let the natural sound roll. Winona’s life features a playlist with an approachable and generous artist in Nahko and Medicine for the People. Knowing he is okay with being in the film frees me as a filmmaker to focus on filming what is naturally happening – the LaDuke household is working to the tune of Nahko. I recall feeling pretty happy myself first watching Nahko and Medicine for the People perform at Shangri-La and now feel even more inspired as I hear him performing again and again on the editing table.

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival

Nahko and Medicine for the People

 

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival

Nahko and Medicine for the People at Shangri-La Music Festival

Winona LaDuke

 

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.