Bill Miller, the multiple Grammy Award winning musician who hails from the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation near Shawano in northern Wisconsin, will make his second appearance at Blackhawk Technical College Tuesday, Nov. 5, in a program sponsored by BTC’s Diversity Advancement Committee.
The concert begins at 5 p.m. in the North Commons on BTC’s Central Campus. https://billmillerarts.bandpage.com/
Miller, who has toured with a variety of talented musicians including The BoDeans, Tori Amos and Arlo Guthrie, is a Native-American of Mohican-German descent. In 2006, he won the Native American Music Awards Song of the Year for “Sacred Ground” and in 2007 was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the same organization.
He is an accomplished guitar player and Native American flute player. His album, Cedar Dream Songs, won the 2004 Grammy for best Native American Music Album. Spirit Wind North took the same award in 2009.
Miller, also a professional artist, is considered a polished speaker on reconciliation and diversity. In a magazine story in 2012, he reported how he speaks to three parts of his life story – leaving the reservation, the death of his father and the journey from victim to victory.
“My life story is perfect for showing the healing power of reconciliation,’’ he said. “It explains why I am not an alcoholic, out of business or a security guard in a casino.”
For other links to Miller’s works and philosophy, please look at https://www.facebook.com/BillMillerArts and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTEYn-RoM8M.