Miss Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. Alongside her career as a recording artist and songwriter Martha Redbone has maintained a steady involvement with causes she believes in utilizing her celebrity in Indian Country for fundraising and leadership. Martha has given talks on subjects ranging from Indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics at many institutions including New York University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Native Identity during the Native Theater Festival at the Public Theater in NYC. Her album Skintalk is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as an example of contemporary Native American music. Ms. Redbone has also held workshops and given motivational talks with many grade school children throughout her touring on several reservations. Ms. Redbone holds an annual Traditional Music Workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program teaching grade school age children the music from her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as incorporating the tribe’s own Houma-French language.
Having served as an exemplary ambassador to Native and African-American Youth for the National HIV/Aids Partnership, Martha was awarded the Red Ribbon Award for Outstanding Leadership presented on World AIDS Day at the United Nations in 2005. Redbone also performed with Bonnie Raitt and actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman, which helped raise over $130,000 in scholarships for the Clyde Bellecourt Scholarship Fund where 12 outstanding Native American students who have overcome adversity receive full tuition to study in higher education. She is particularly proud of her accomplishment in having the Campaign’s Board of Directors decide to include an Indigenous North American contingent to the roll call of 50 countries taking part in their Youth Leadership Summit held at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Currently Martha is the indigenous affairs consultant and creative advisor to the Man Up Campaign, the new global youth movement to eradicate violence against women and girls.When: Jan 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM