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Review: An Evening with Radmilla Cody

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4 stars

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Saturday, March 19.

Radmilla Cody, the first biracial Miss Navajo, brought her rich voice to the Clowes Sculpture Court at the Eiteljorg on Saturday night.

Cody, who is Navajo and African-American, sang of spirit, the four directions, sacred animals and Navajo tradition with the 75 or so people in the room. A few of us at the concert had also been at the museum earlier for a standing-room-only screening of Hearing Radmilla, a documentary following the singer through her 1997 crowning, the backlash due to her heritage, and her survival following an abusive relationship and incarceration.

Cody, a staunch advocate for domestic violence prevention, spoke of the beauty in the world, of the power in connecting with everyone you meet in the chance they might be family, and sang a blessing that wove its way around the room on the lullaby of her voice. It didn’t matter that most of the songs were performed in Navajo; we just understood.

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