Rock Point Singers

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This traditional Navajo group recorded for both the Indian House and Canyon labels, beginning in the early '80s with several volumes of Navajo Skip Dance and Two-Step Songs. This is a special genre of…
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This traditional Navajo group recorded for both the Indian House and Canyon labels, beginning in the early '80s with several volumes of Navajo Skip Dance and Two-Step Songs. This is a special genre of Native American music in which the singers, accompanied only by a drum made out of a cooking pot with a buckskin head, create a musical background while dancers attempt to wrangle new partners out onto the floor. A later Rock Point Singers album of love songs was perhaps created for the dancers who are most successful with their flirting. The group was first formed by Harry Tso Begay and Glen Tsosie in the summer of 1980, then evolved into a quintet with the addition of new members including the brothers Kenneth and Sam Woody. Preliminary gigs took place at squaw dances in the Rock Point, AZ, area and out of this base, the group began touring, at first in the Four Corners area and then on the national powwow circuit. The group regularly wins at social song and dance contests, including a first place win in 1981 at Rock Point.