Sun 4/24: Native Roots’ Open Mic Series in Austin, Feat. Rob Saw (Mohawk) and Lyla June Johnston (Navajo/Cheyenne)

12672093_812647852196101_4481183784303251165_o4:00 PM, Sunday, 24 April 2016

Featuring Headliners:  Rob Saw (Mohawk) and Lyla June Johnston (Navajo/Cheyenne)

(Sponsored by Red Salmon Arts)

Tired of going to Hipster-centered, Spirit-draining, or Just (too) Weird Open Mic spots in Austin? Come nourish your Voice, Mind and Spirit with Native Roots’ community-centered open floor/open mic @ Resistencia Bookstore!

What’s on the Menu?
Themes include but not limted to:
Music, Movement, & Art
Police Brutality
Boarderland Narratives
Intertribal and Inter-Community Solidarity
Critical Pedagogies

Rob Saw

Singer Songwriter from Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. Native Americana music, traditional and Country/Americana blend and currently has EPs available of his first EP “Native Americana VOL I” Music available at

Twitter: @sawrob
Facebook music page: Rob Saw Native Americana
Instagram: @robsawnativeamericana
Lyla June Johnston

Raised in Taos, New Mexico,  Lyla is a descendent of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. Her personal mission in life is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper. This prayer has taken her on many journeys and materializes in diverse ways.

She is the lead organizer of the Black Hill Unity Concert which gathers native and nonnative musicians to pray for the return of guardianship of the Black Hills to the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota nations. She is the also the founder of Regeneration Festival, an annual celebration of children that occurs in 13 countries around the world every September.

In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. During her time there she wrote the award winning papers: Nature and the Supernatural: The Role of Culture and Spirituality in Sustaining Primate Populations in Manu National Park, Peru and Chonos Pom: Ethnic Endemism Among the Winnemem Wintu and the Cultural Impacts of Enlarging Shasta Reservoir. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet.

She currently lives in Diné Tah, the Navajo ancestral homeland which spans what is now called New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She spends her free time learning her engendered mother tongue, planting corn, beans and squash and spending time with elders who retain traditional spiritual and ecological knowledge.

*Create a space of nourishment, cultural exchange, and self-expression.
*Create a safe space to share, have an opportunity to listen to each other. No alcohol or drugs.
* Build community in homage to Resistencia Bookstore’s principles.
*Provide a showcase avenue for rising artists.

COAThis project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at