The Dead Indians and Team Rezofficial recently completed a week-long tour of Native American communities in the southwestern United States in late April. In the spirit of hip-hop’s efforts to reclaim socio-economic labels, the tour was titled “The CIB Tour,” standing for Certificate of Indian Blood, a U.S. Government classification for Native American status.
Team Rezofficial performed at all the shows, which included stops in Los Angeles, Tucson, Tempe, Flagstaff, Kayenta, Farmington and Albuquerque, while the Dead Indians left a little piece of Winnipeg’s Westend everywhere but LA. Tom Crier (Team Rezofficial), Wab Kinew (Dead Indians) and Kenny Ross (Dead Indians) also participated in two speaking panels about Native people and hip-hop at the Arizona State University and the Northern Arizona University.
Both groups represented Manitoba and Canada very well, often headlining or marking the high points of each show. “We got a huge fan base down there,” explains Kinew. “We would sensor ourselves at the all ages shows, but all the kids already knew the words and filled them in for each song. It was pretty deadly.”
The tour included one other Canadian act and up to nine locals at each stop. It was organized and promoted by the Farmington-based team of Larry Price (Native Model Studio) and Keith Grosbeck. All the artwork for the tour was supplied by the San Francisco-based RezRocket Designs.
Check out images from The CIB Tour in the photo gallery section of this site.
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