Review: An Evening with Radmilla Cody


4 stars

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.