Heritage months give us good reason to seek out new music to expand our personal playlists and discover a new favorite artist to talk up with fellow music aficionados. It’s also a good time to remind ourselves that an effort should be made outside of heritage months to seek new music we may be missing from artists in underrepresented communities.
This listicle highlights one Indigenous independent band or artist from each of the Four Corners states. In case you need a refresher, the Four Corners states are Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Four Corners is the only place in the U.S. where four states meet. The Four Corners region is 25,000 square miles of Native Land and home to Navajo Nation and the Ute people.
Below you’ll find videos, websites, social media and streaming platforms for each featured artist. Show your support by discovering and following them in the provided links. All artists have new music out and new music on the way so be sure to keep up with their journeys.
There are many new independent Indigenous artists creating, touring, and contributing to music communities all over and the following are a great start to discovering them.
Check Out These Independent Native Artists From The Four Corners States:
A globally celebrated hip hop artist and environmental activist born in Colorado.
Adrian D. Thomas
Multi instrumentalist from Arizona. There is so much music to explore from Adrian D. Thomas who leads two bands. One Way Sky, Pushing Pluto and as a solo artist is known as Smokey D Palmtree.
Discover Adrian D. Thomas: All Platform Links
Whisperhawk (Michael Gross)
Indie artist from Utah playing music and creating since the early aughts. Whisperhawk’s music has also been featured in movies and television.
Discover Whisperhawk and their new album Keepers of the Earth Vol. 2: Website, bio, all links
Check out latest coverage of Indigenous history in Colorado from Colorado Public Radio
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