Episode 3 Native Guitars Tour

"The person I am is because of everybody around me," explains Jir Anderson. Jir founded Native Guitars Tour in 2007 to provide performance opportunities for indigenous artists in Albuquerque and beyond.
Apr 18, 2024 — 1 min read

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Jir Anderson founded Native Guitars Tour in 2007 to provide performance opportunities for indigenous artists in Albuquerque and beyond.

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Only In Albuquerque: Rooted

Only In Albuquerque highlights five Indigenous-owned businesses, where each entrepreneur explores how culture and heritage shape their work. By supporting their people, these Indigenous entrepreneurs drive the progress they set out to achieve.

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Jir Anderson: A guitar, a drum, and a voice. Powerful message. Three things. That's what music is about. What's hitting you right here is what you're going to sing about. That's rock and roll. That's a native guitar tour.

The person I am is because of everybody around me. Even though you can say, I founded Native Guitars tour, it's put in front of me by the community. We support native artists. We try to provide that stage in various ways. Could be through concerts, through live events, through workshops, recordings.

Music is a basic way of communicating. Goes back to the land. Landmarks, petroglyphs  are sacred. Sites are important and valuable to me. That's where we came from. Those are ways that the people before us are communicating to us. It goes back to music. Our basic communication. It's all tied together. I think as far as going forward, we always want to maintain that. We want to stay true to who we are. 

We like to leave that stage open for our artists to say what they need to say. We reach out to them and say, Hey, your message is very important and the world needs to know about this. Our community needs to know about this. That's how we work at Native Guitars tour. That's an exchange of my wealth. For your wealth. You have the knowledge and you're able to share that. Then that's what you should do because you're going to get that back.

And I'm carrying on what my community has taught me, what our elders have taught us, what our people have taught us, what we've heard in the songs. That's what I'm obligated to do. I'm obligated to support, and in this case, sustain music. 

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