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
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.