Tunes from the Rez
Native American Country Blues-Rock straight from the reservation to you! Steve Emery is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Itazipco or Without Bows Band) who received his Lakota name Mato Tanka/Big Bear from Ben Black Elk, the son of Nicholas Black Elk about whom John Neihardt wrote the book Black Elk Speaks. Steve has been singing since before he could talk. He composes contemporary songs as well as traditional Lakota Hoka Olowan (Songs for Traditional Celebrations called Wacipi or Powwows) and Wioiste Olowan (Courting Songs) for the flute. He made his first song when he was 5 years old and has been composing ever since. He has been playing guitar since 1972 and studied Classical Guitar at USD wth Virtuoso Guitarist Maestro Christopher Robin Johnson. Steve Emery was made a WicasItancan/Naca or Chief of the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires of the Titonwan or Prairie Dwelling Lakota at Crow Dog's Sun Dance, August 4, 2007 by Chief Oliver Red Cloud, Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Medicine Men and Chiefs Sam Moves Camp, Rick Two Dogs and Leonard Crow Dog. He lives on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with his wife Belva Hollow Horn-Emery and their two daughters.