The Mockingbird Foundation, founded by fans of rock act Phish, awarded a $4,760 grant to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, based in Traverse City, Mich. The tribe plans to use th

The Mockingbird Foundation, founded by fans of rock act Phish, awarded a $4,760 grant to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, based in Traverse City, Mich. The tribe plans to use the grant to establish a music program aimed at sharing American Indian heritage and culture with the community, said Shocko Hall of the Grand Traverse Band's Behavioral Health Department.

"We plan to hold classes for the community on learning to make and play traditional instruments," Hall said. "We use big drums for powwows and hand drums for ceremonies and two-step competitions. We also use rattles for sweat lodge ceremonies and feasts."

The foundation has raised more than $116,000 from "The Phish Companion," a book about the Vermont-based band's 17-year history, and "Sharin' the Groove," an album by various artists covering Phish songs. All proceeds are donated to music education programs.


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