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Coyote Speaks: A Benefit for Spokane’s First Language

Salish School of Spokane will be presenting a benefit concert featuring national award winning Native American musician and songwriter Jim Boyd.

Jim Boyd is a multi-national music award winner who has released 14 full-length albums of original music. His newest release, Living For The Sunny Days, has nominations in the Best Male Artist and Best Country Recording categories in the 2013 Native American Music Awards (Nammys) to be held in May. Living For The Sunny Days was recorded at Quad Studios in Nashville, and co-produced by legendary award winning producer Doc Holiday. In 2001 and 2007, Boyd also won Record of the Year and Artist of the Year in the Native American Music Awards. In the early 90’s, Boyd began collaborating with writer Sherman Alexie, leading to contributions to the soundtracks of the movies, Smoke Signals and The Business of Fancydancing. Boyd and Alexie have performed together many times throughout the country.

Singer-songwriter LaRae Wiley will be opening for Boyd. Wiley has released two full-length collections of original music on her own HummingTree Productions label. In addition to her musical artistry, Wiley is a visionary leader of the movement to preserve and revitalize Salish language. She is currently the Executive Director of Salish School of Spokane.

All concert proceeds are for the benefit of Salish School of Spokane (SSOS), and the event will begin with a short, Salish-language performance by SSOS preschool, kindergarten and first grade students. Salish School of Spokane is a non-profit Salish immersion school in the City of Spokane whose mission is to create a vibrant community of fluent speakers of Interior Salish languages by providing Salish language instruction to children and by empowering parents and families to speak Salish in their daily lives. Salish, the first language of Spokane, is deeply endangered Native American language with only a few surviving fluent Elders. Salish School of Spokane is teaching Salish to children and families, and training a new generation of Salish speaking teachers and care providers.