[25 March 2009]
PopMatters Contributing Editor
Felipe Rose might be known to the world as “The Indian” from Village People but to his native Sioux tribe, he is known as “Swift Arrow”. Long a presence in the Native American recording community, Rose has earned a number of NAMMY (Native American Music) Awards for his songs, including “Best Historical Recording” and “Songwriter of the Year”. Recently, Rose returned to the studio to record new material for his Tomahawk Records imprint. “From the East to the West” is among the first completed tracks written and recorded with Rose’s longtime producer/collaborator Frosty Lawson. The spirit of the song, Rose explains, asks the question, “Where are we going?” It is a prelude to the end of the Mayan calendar: 12/21/12. The song features Lawson on piano and Eddie Three Eagles (Rose’s father) on native flute. An established painter, Felipe is also developing an art piece to accompany the song.