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Supaman fills house at Sheridan College


Supaman fills house at Sheridan College

By Clara Caufield

Native Sun News Today Correspondent

 

SHERIDAN, WY –   The auditorium at Sheridan Community College was packed to the rafters on April 20th with college students, community members and a healthy delegation from the Crow Tribe gathered to hear “Supaman” – Crow-style rapper and fancy dancer perform.

The event, hosted by Sheridan Community College was free to the public, sponsored by Sheridan College, the Native American Student Organization and Campus Life and Housing.  “It is an example of how the college Native American Studies program is sharing our culture with the broader community,” explained Donovan Sprague, Cheyenne River Sioux, a professor who heads up the Native American studies activities for the college.  “He is very popular to a wide variety of audiences, a dynamic performer, excellent representative of our people who delivers an extremely positive message to young people.”

Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, member of the Crow Tribe is professionally known as Supaman, performing in the genre of Native American hip-hop and fancy dancing. He was born in Seattle, Washington but grew up in Crow Agency, MT.

The child of parents who struggled with addiction he thus spent time as a child in the foster care system before being raised by his mother at Crow.  He began DJing in the 1990’s and fancy dancing in the fourth grade. In elementary school he began to write poetry and then to rap, initially in original style, relating the life issues other rappers addressed.

However, after a spiritual experience, he was directed to live a better lifestyle and rap about more meaningful and inspirational subjects.  In 2002, he founded the rapper group “Rezerwrecktion” whose first album won a Native American Music Award in 2005. Since, he has released four solo albums, the most-well known song “Prayer Loop Song” using the drum and flute.

In addition to rapping, Supaman tours local schools, educating about Native American, history, religion and culture, reaffirming the drug and alcohol free lifestyle.

His video releases include: It’s Time (2005); Honest to God (2007); Crow Hop (2008); Deadly Penz (2009); Gorilla (2013); Illuminative (2018); Medicine Bundle (2021); and his newest music video “Alright”  was featured at the Sheridan Community College performance.

Supaman has won numerous and prestigious awards for his work such as MT Video Music; Aboriginal People’s Music Choice; North American Indigenous Music Award and the Tuney Award (7 times).

 

(Clara Caufield can be reached at acheyennevoice@gmail.com)

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