Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards

Robert Mirabal
Robert Mirabal
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – Robert Mirabal was named Artist of the Year at the The Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards. The event was held Saturday, November 15th, 2003 at the Isleta Casino Resort Showroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Over 145 national music recordings were submitted for nomination consideration for the Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards making this year’s tally a new record high for the organization’s six-year history. Nominee submissions were made by the Native American Music Awards (NAMA)
Advisory/Industry membership.

Eligible recordings were commercially released from April 1, 2002 thru March 31, 2003 and with national distribution by a domestic record company and/or an authorized distributor. Winners of the Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards were determined through national membership mail-in ballots and a national voting campaign that was open to the general public at

List of winners:

Artist of the Year
Robert Mirabal
Indians Indians
Label: Silverwave

Best Blues/Jazz Recording
Derek Miller
Music Is The Medicine
Label: Warrior/SOAR

Best Compilation Recording – Various Artists
Joanne Shenandoah
Peace & Power: The Best of
Label: SW

Debut Artist/Group of the Year
Marlena Begaye
Label: CPR

Best Female Artist
Found A Love
Label: Radikal

Best Folk/Country Recording
Pima Express
Voice Upon The Wind
Label: Canyon

Flutist of the Year
Douglas Blue Feather
Ride The Lightening
Label: S Hawk

Gospel/Christian Recording
Cherokee National Youth Choir
Building One Fire
Label: CN

Duo/Group of the Year
Burning Sky
Spirits In The Wind
Label: Canyon

Best Historical Recording
Warfield Moose Jr.
Ben Black Elk Speaks
Label: YS)

Best Independent Recording
Michael Jacobs
Sacred Nation
Label: MJ

Best Instrumental Recording
Night Tree
Label: Soar/Buffalo Moon

Best Male Artist
The Messenger
Label: Red Vinyl

Best New Age Recording
R. Carlos Nakai
Fourth World
Label: Canyon

Best Pop/Rock Recording
Jim Boyd
Label: Thunder Wolf

Best Pow Wow Recording
Black Eagle
Flying Free
Label: Soar

Best Producer
Keith Secola
Label: Akina

Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording
Tribal Live
True II Life: the 10 Letter Theory
Label: Living Proof

Record of the Year
Caught In The Act
Label: Arctic Voice

Song/Single of the Year
Felipe Rose
We’re Still Here
Label: Tomahawk

Songwriter of the Year
Joseph Fire Crow
Legend of Warrior
Label: Makoche’

Best Short or Long Form Video
Annie Humphrey
Spirit Horses
Label: Makoche’

Best Spoken Word Recording
Joseph M. Marshall III
The Lakota Way: Native American Wisdom on Ethics & Character
Label: Makoche

Best World Music Recording
Red Earth
Zia Soul
Label: Tribalstew/Bluestone

Native Heart
Richard Oliver & W Scott Newton
Tribe: All Native Project
Label: K

The Native American Music organization has also presented special annual
music festivals, established the nation’s largest Native American music archive,
helped create a Native Music category in the Grammys, and provided local Native
youth with professional training and educational scholarships.

National Average of National Native American Music Recordings
Released Per Year:


YEAR # of National Recordings % Increase From Previous Year
1994 – 96 55  
1997 64 Increase of 11.5%
1998* 144 Increase of 116%
1999 97 Decrease of 33% from previous year, Increase of 32% from 1997
2000 130 Increase of 32%
2001 140 Increase of 8%
Annual Average: 105 Releases per year
Annual Average since 1998: 127 Releases per year
* Note: In May 1998, The First Native American Music Awards was launched and
the national average for Native American music recordings more than doubled
reaching a record-breaking total that year. (Source: Native American Music
Awards, Inc.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.