P. Town Boyz drum group make TV debut (+Video)

News From Indian Country (ICC)

P. Town Boyz Ojibwe youth drum group from the Red Lake Chippewa Reservation in Minnesota originated in the year 2000 while participating with the Ponemah Elementary Drum & Dance Troupe.

The group consists of six singers, all of whom are cousins who grew up together in the traditional village of Ponemah in Red Lake: James Cloud III (age 14), Brian Stillday Jr. (age 14), Tony Cloud (age 12), Neal Johnson (age 12), Eldon Cloud (age 12), and Bryce Cloud (age 8).

They made their TV debut on the PBS Special ZOOM and have since received International recognition and acclaim.

P-Town Boyz Video at Lac Court Oreilles in 2007

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In 2005, P. Town Boyz began to travel and perform at traditional pow wows and schools within Indian Country. The Boyz performed at the National School Board Conference in Chicago, Illinois, and the Kristin Monroe Dance Special in Ball Club, Minnesota; and they took first place at the Bug O Nay Geezhig School pow wow in Leech Lake, Minnesota, and second place at the Minnesota Drum & Dance Competition in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. They were also honored with a traditional drum from the Lac Courte Orielles school committee for their leadership, behavior, and respect at the LCO school pow wow in Lac Courte Oreilles, Wisconsin.

P. Town Boyz also had the honor of performing as the Youth Host Drum at the White Fish Bay pow wow in Ontario, Canada, and at the Honor the Youth Leadership Conference & pow wow in Red Lake, Minnesota.

In 2006, P. Town Boyz were invited by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to perform at the General Assembly Hall and Cultural Event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York. With their unique and powerful vocal style, they performed to over 2,000 Indigenous Delegates, World Leaders, and United Nations Officials during the opening ceremony of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

This fall, the highly anticipated P. Town Boyz self-titled debut CD of original songs will be released exclusively in Indian Country on Eagle Thunder Records and distributed by Drumbeat and Indian Arts.

To listen to the tracks and for more information, please visit www.PTBoyz.com