Indigenous Music Album of the Year 2017

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie

Round Dance & Beats (Powwow)


Indigenous Music Album of the Year




Tribal Spirit

My name Is Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie born in 1984. I have Ojibway, Odawa, Potawatomi, Delaware, Oneida and Mi’kmaq in my bloodline. Originally from Cape Croker, Ontario and Indian Brook, Nova Scotia, I grew up on the pow wow trail and have been dancing Northern Traditional since I was two years old. I also have a love for music. My grandfather, Stanly Pangowish, was a champion fiddle player. I also remember a lot of my aunties and uncles played instruments as well. I made my first song on a keyboard I got for Christmas when I was four years old called “Baby Don’t Die,” and I composed my first pow wow song when I was 14 years old. I got drum teachings from my father Brad Kiwenzie and my uncle Mark Lavallee. They are just two of many teachers and elders I look up to. As a baby, I went up to the drum and I never left. I love to sing and dance. It brings me happiness and joy. Whenever I’m feeling down, frustrated or stressed out I sing or play some pow wow tunes and dance around. It helps me feel good. It feels good to feel good.