Matricia Brown - Drum Keeper, hand drummer, big drummer, singer, songwriter
Matricia Brown- Asani Iskwew ᐊᐧᒋᕀᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ
Recently Matricia has spent her summers educating and entertaining guests at the Jasper Park Lodge, through the APT Tour groups. This involved over 300 performances for her and her group. Covering a different cultural theme in First Nations and interweaving knowledge with her drumming and singing, they shared songs they have composed as well as several songs gifted from other women and drum groups.
Matrcia is a singer, songwriter, musician, drummer and an artist. Matricia teaches drum making, leather binding and many more traditional arts and craft workshops. She also has her own jewellery line where she infuses First Nations aspects of her culture into modern jewellery designs. She makes many moccasins, traditional fur mittens and much more.
Matricia has had the privilege of sharing her culture over the last 20 years to schools throughout the Yellowhead Region. She has been a guest lecturer at every school in Edson and has presented at Dream-speakers Film Festival (Edmonton) 2008, and at Kiyanaw-Klondike (Edmonton) 2009, and NCTCA 2010. She has won the Aboriginal Women's Day award from the Edson Friendship Centre where she has served as an active Board Member and volunteer since 2004. She is also a member of the drumming group "Warrior Women" and has performed throughout Alberta teaching youth her songs and culture.
Artist for the Arts - Award recipient 2012 - Arts on Fire
University of Calgary - Voice Performance
Royal Conservatory of Music Voice Teacher
Board Member of the Edson Friendship Centre-Secretary -Treasurer -since 2007
Red Brick Singers-Teacher and Director Since 2004
Sturgeon Lake Band Member
Vocal Variations - Choir Director 2009-2012
Peter Pan The Musical Edson Summer Musical Director/Producer 2010
The Wizard of Oz Edson Summer Musical Director 2011
Overall Jewelry Award Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival 2012
Mayors Artist Award Jasper 2015
Senior Voice Recipient 2010 Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival
Collaborative Winner Jewelry Category-2009 Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival
Aboriginal Woman's Day recipient-Edson Friendship Centre 2005
Owner and Operator of Cree-ative Cree-ations
Member of "Warrior Women" Drumming Group
Member of "Lavocabella" www.lavocabella.com
Mackenzie Brown - Drummer, singer, songwriter, musician, artist, Child and Youth advocate
Mackenzie Brown- Kamamak ᑲᒫᒪ
Mackenzie Brown is First Nations Cree from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, currently residing in Amiskwaciwaskahikan, Edmonton. She is a performer, drummer, tourism entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate for at-risk youth in the Edmonton area.
Mackenzie and her mother perform as “Warrior Women”. They drum and teach around Alberta for the Northern Alberta Teachers Conference, the annual Jasper Dark Skies Festival, Youth Dream Catchers Conference, Canada Day, Aboriginal Day festivities, and International Women’s Day. In the summer you can find Mackenzie in Jasper performing at Jasper Park Lodge, Parks Canada, Rocky Mountaineer and various other events.
Along with drumming, performing and educating, Mackenzie is also an avid acrylic artist, her paintings often depicting aspects of her culture infused with vibrant colors. Her art has been featured at the Pump House Gallery 2017, recognized in the Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts award of 2017, featured for the Alberta Business Competition 2017 and sold to people travelling world wide at Jasper Park Lodge. She has also completed mural paintings for Holy Redeemer High School, Jasper High School (interactive mural painting), and Vanier Elementary High School.
Mackenzie is also an avid volunteer in her community, volunteering with organizations such as the Stollery Children Hospital Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network and Get Real. Mackenzie has been recognized in her community for her community service and volunteer work through awards such as the Arts of Fire Outstanding Youth Artist 2013, Premiers Citizenship Award 2013, Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award 2014, the Deans Medal of Academic Excellence 2018, recipient of the Esquao Award 2019, Iskwew of the Year Award from the Alberta Assembly of First Nations 2019 and recognized as a Top 30 Under 30 from the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation 2020.