Nokie Edwards with Ventures bandmates Bob Bogle, Don Wilson and Howie Jonson in an early-60s publicity photo.

Saturday Night Videos: Rock the NAMMYs


The 13th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs) were held last night in Niagara Falls, New York. For a list of winners, visit the official NAMMY website; for a recap of the evening's proceedings, read the wrapup at

Here are a few clips by some of the notable winners.

One of the two Lifetime Achievement prizes went to Keith Secola -- according to, he's a seven-time NAMMMY winner and his song "NDN Car" is the most requested and played on Native American radio. Here's a version of that song, a remix with Shawn Bernard, Joey Stylez and -- we're pretty sure we see -- Derek Miller:

The other Lifetime Achievement honoree is guitarist Nokie Edwards (Cherokee), who played lead guitar in the legendary instrumental rock group The Ventures. The Ventures are best known for high-energy surf-rock numbers like "Wipeout" and the theme from Hawaii Five-0. Here's another of their best moments, "Walk Don't Run '64":

Nake Nula Waun of the Rosebud Sioux tribe won the coveted Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording for the album Scars and Bars. Here's "Doubt":

Best Rock Recording went to The Blessed Blend, for Tribal Thunder. The Blessed Blend plays a mix of American Indian and Celtic rock -- here's "Song of Exile":

Artist of the Year went to guitarist Gabriel Ayala, who, like many winners, performed at the event. Here's a clip of Gabriel from last year's NAMMY ceremony:

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