Alfred's position also involved his representing the clan at potlatches, or meetings with the broader Yukon Aboriginal community. Alfred's musical training began when he was placed in a choir while at the residential schools. His parents bought him his first guitar when he was seven, and he began learning in earnest in his teens, probably due to the influence of Bob Dylan, an influence which still lives in Alfred's music today. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Alfred played a large role in negotiations with the Canadian government over the Selkirk people's Land Claim, which culminated in an agreement in 1995. In 1995, he won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. In 1994, Alfred's father made a special effort to engage Alfred in his people's songs again, and when his father died, Alfred was inspired to release a record, 1994's "Etsi Shon", or "Grandfather Song", which served the dual purpose of keeping alive the music and the language of the Selkirk people.
Alfred has since released two other albums, "Nendaa" (Go Back) in 1996, and Kehlonn in 1998, with his band, Medicine Beat. Today, Alfred hopes to pass the position of Song Keeper to his eldest daughter, Cenjeya ("Cute one"), who along with his youngest daughter, Saanuwa ("precious one"), he is teaching the traditions and music. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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