SON OF HWÉELDI (SAVING DAMSELS)
The Name: Hwéeldi refers to a time when Navajo and Apache people were force marched to the Fort Sumner area in New Mexico by Kit Carson under the orders of the U.S. government. JJ Otero, lead singer and guitarist, is Navajo and Hopi. The band name honors his ancestors.
The Music: Creating their own style dubbed “Resistance Rock,” Son Of Hwéeldi music is a rich blend of rock, soul, blues, and a touch of world beat. The lyrics observe and recount the political atmosphere and unrest of the times and work towards resistance messaging through song. In the mid to late 1800’s, U.S. policies included termination and assimilation edicts when dealing with “Indians” and were carried out in heartless fashion by the U.S. military. The Navajo and Apache people were not the only ones targeted as many tribes/nations across north america were subjected to these same policies. In those bleak times, Navajo and Apache people persevered. They survived and continue to resist today. Resistance always includes culture, music, song, dances, ceremony, and art and with that understanding, Son Of Hwéeldi continues to create.