Klagetoh Maiden Singers

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This ensemble, including several sisters, recorded the self-titled Klagetoh Maiden Singers production for the Indian House label. The group performs dance music for social dances and similar occasions,…
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This ensemble, including several sisters, recorded the self-titled Klagetoh Maiden Singers production for the Indian House label. The group performs dance music for social dances and similar occasions, their repertoire including the Navajo musical genres of spin dance songs, walking dance songs, round-dance songs, and two-step dances. An unidentified member of the group provides a minimal drum beat, but all other sounds are created vocally. The Bonnie family plays a large role in the membership of this group, as well as in a variety of other musical projects coming out of the Klagetoh locale. This group includes Joycetta, Rose M., and Winnie Bonnie. An incomplete overview of Bonnie involvement in Indian House would include Bertha and Stella Bonnie as part of the group on the Navajo Skip Dance and Two Step Songs collection, Winnie Bonnie performing on a collection of Navajo Round Dance Songs, while several Bonnies are present on the pleasantly titled Navajo Corn Grinding and Shoe Game Songs. Another relative, Boniface Bonnie, performs on these and other Indian House releases, but is not part of the Klagetoh Maiden group, at least not for their 1974 recording. There are also singing male Bonnies, in particular Ted T. Bonnie, who is a member of the popular Klagetoh Swingers.