MAIN STAGE: 2:10pm
Hailing from where Bigfoot shies away in the woods by way of a small town in Oregon, well we call it “Klamath Falls,” is a local celebrity in his own right come to tell a story, bringing you along for the ride. Born and raised in a tribal community devastated by alcohol and drug abuse, Henry Rondeau uses the power of music and his tradition’s values to break the chains of historical trauma afflicting countless Indigenous people.
A man of many talents, Henry’s musical breadth covers hip-hop, flute, traditional songs, and contemporary powwow singing. He is also an avid cultural dancer, traveling the powwow circuit when possible. Though not fully raised in the lifestyle, Henry committed to dancing and singing in his teen years. He lives by the quote: "When you sing, you sing hard, and you sing from the heart. When you dance, you dance hard, and you dance for those that can't."
With the help of a relative, Henry would reach past limits he never knew he could, helping form Warrior Society Drum in 2015. Recognizing the knowledge of his elders slowly disappearing as they began to make their journeys, and witnessing reluctance in youth to understand traditions, Henry’s mission became to learn what he can and pass it down to the next generation. “Being a singer comes with the biggest responsibility, to sing for the people when called upon. It is an incredible honor when called upon for such an occasion; and along with relatives from Warrior Society, that responsibility comes like second nature,” Rondeau states. Rondeau and his Warrior Society have answered such calls for community events, funerals, weddings, and ceremonies alike. Henry's love for singing has also given him the opportunity to travel the world, including to every US state, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia.