Pronunciation: neh-Hee-o-wuk (emphasis on 2nd syllable)
Meanings: Cree people, People of the Plains, Plains People, Exact People
note: There are no letters capitalized in Cree language. Please write name in all lower case.
nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton)on Treaty 6 territory. Comprised of Kris
Harper, Matthew Cardinal, and Marek Tyler – three Indigenous musicians coalescing at the
intersection between traditional and contemporary music. Their sound at times loud and
sweeping, and in moments – reticent and careful. Recording their first EP in November 2016
with Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer), the music
balances the band’s heritage with the present. Indie-rock guitar and dance floor synths blend
and walk alongside the steady beats of carved cedar log and hand drums. nêhiyawak tells
stories – their story – capturing time through honeyed and haunting vocals, swaying in and out
of the cacophony of electronic and analog sounds. Within the framework of the conventional
song, the band creates and adds their own history and stage. Collecting and piecing together
their experiences – existing simultaneously between diverse and disparate cultures –
nêhiyawak shares with its audience their unique expression of Indigeneity in Canada today.