Kelly Daniels

Portrait of Kelly Daniels

My name is Kelly Daniels from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation, 37 years old, roadman, Comanche and Hummingbird fireplace and President for NAC of Canada. Currently, I reside on my mother’s reservation in Red Pheasant. I have studied at the University of Saskatchewan for 2 years. I am a descendent of Cree Chief Koskwapmat (The One Who Sees The Thunderbirds). I grew up in a traditional way from a traditional family. They taught me our traditional Cree ways. Cree is my first language. When I was a baby I got very sick with red measles and my parents put four Native American Church ceremonies for my life. My parents raised me around the Cree ceremonies: sweats, sundance, Native American Church, pow-wow. I, in turn, teach my children about our ceremonies and our Cree traditions. I am a hoop dancer and grass dancer. My family is well-known and respected in the pow-wow circle. I have travelled to different parts of the world to perform since I was young: Mexico, Australia, Canada, United States. 


Ancestries:
Genre: Peyote

Albums

Album Cover
Blessing From A Hummingbird [nominated: 2011]
mp3 clipHo Yori (965.2K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipOld Song (963.1K, 01:00s)
mp3 clipSun Rising (965.6K, 01:00s)

Awards, Nominations & Submissions

2011Best Peyote CDBlessing From A HummingbirdWinner

Biography

My name is Kelly Daniels from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation, 37 years old, roadman, Comanche and Hummingbird fireplace and President for NAC of Canada. Currently, I reside on my mother’s reservation in Red Pheasant. I have studied at the University of Saskatchewan for 2 years. I am a descendent of Cree Chief Koskwapmat (The One Who Sees The Thunderbirds). I grew up in a traditional way from a traditional family. They taught me our traditional Cree ways. Cree is my first language. When I was a baby I got very sick with red measles and my parents put four Native American Church ceremonies for my life. My parents raised me around the Cree ceremonies: sweats, sundance, Native American Church, pow-wow. I, in turn, teach my children about our ceremonies and our Cree traditions. I am a hoop dancer and grass dancer. My family is well-known and respected in the pow-wow circle. I have travelled to different parts of the world to perform since I was young: Mexico, Australia, Canada, United States.

I enjoy singing. I sing different songs: sundance, sweat lodge ceremonial songs, pow-wow. Since I was young I’ve always listened to Native American Church songs in the ceremonies and on tape. At a very young age I started singing and drumming. At the age of 13, I carried drum for my grandpas. I was a drum chief and a fire chief at this age. From there the old people told me about these songs. The songs they talked about were about the connectedness the Great Spirit’s children and guardian angels of all things to Cree people in need through prayer. There is a connectedness of the songs and people in need of help and searching for a good way of living and good health.

I am the founder of Meewasin Oma and composed many of the songs. There are misconceptions about the Church, so I began recording with the intention of promoting the church. Our Elders talked to us before we began recording about the songs and our conduct. We received their blessings. We enter the recording room with that humbleness and sincerity so that the listeners will receive some blessings. With a lot of humbleness we share these songs of these albums that these people that come along and hear these songs and be touched may they go on with their lives and seek what it is they are searching for. In this CD, Blessings from a Hummingbird, it was for my family who were mourning. It was for mourners and those who have lost and are orphaned. They express the need for comfort from the Creator and seek help from losing a loved one.

I have recorded with various artists: Verdell Primeaux, Shane Patterson, Gilbert Tyner, Dwayne Shields, Meewasin Oma, Jason Chamakese. We received the Best Peyote Album from Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards in 2009. I performed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.