Sihasin is an indigenous music project of Clayson Benally (bass) and Jeneda Benally (drums). According to their website, the siblings are from the Diné (Navajo) Nation in Northern Arizona. Sihasin, which means hope in the Diné language, combine punk rock, folk, world music and pop with Navajo rhythm in their music and songs that aim to empower and inspire others to bring change and social justice.
The above clip captures their most recent single We the People, which premiered digitally on July 4, 2021 in each American embassy. Previously, Sihasin had been selected by American Music Abroad, a cultural diplomacy program that shares American music internationally and that is sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Clayson and Jeneda got their start in music as teenagers in 1989 when they formed punk rock group Blackfire, together with their brother Klee Benally (guitar, vocals). Sihasin was founded in 2012 after Blackfire stopped being active. The band remains on hiatus.
Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!
Sources: Wikipedia; Sihasin website; YouTube