Meet NAHKO BEAR of NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
A #SOCIALintheCITY at Wanderlust Whistler 2015 Interview
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About Nahko: As a musical collective, Nahko’s mission is to be the motivation and inspiration for all that have become members of the Nahko and Medicine for the People Tribe. Within their global community, they have access to the tools needed to make changes, take action and spread awareness of how to live in harmony with Mother Gaia herself. They are honored to be a force of attraction for positive and creative minds during these often-corrupt times. With your trust and support, they humbly accept this role and speak their prayers of intention to take direct action… “Hoka Hey” means, “today is a good day to die”, but perhaps with your help, it could transform into a better day to live. Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines considers himself a citizen in service to the planet. Disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond, Americana musicians and storytellers like Conner Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self discovery. Armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Nahko describes his music as a mix of hip-hop and folk rock with a world message.
Why do you do what you do?
It is my passion and my way of life. It’s how I relate to the world and to nature’s song. It’s my outlet and my connection.
What are you passionate about?
So many things. I have to make lists to remember the little ones that make the big picture stuff. Music, obviously, is a big one. Words and rhythm. Health and wellness has always been a passion. I love pushing my body…seeing how far it can go. I’ve always been athletic and small kine competitive, ha. Surfing, animal husbandry, ranch life, growing food, studying plant medicine, mixed martial arts, game of thrones, drake, soups, zella day, yogaaaaaa, hip-hop, fashion, world politics, native american studies, making love under the stars, fractured light, handstands, family family family, communication, sociology, transparency, the hustle…to name a few.
What about Wanderlust attracted you to become engaged positively in the festival, and how do you feel being engaged benefits the community?
Honestly, I was at first put off by the idea. I kind of wrote it off as a hippie, new age, attraction for rich white people that were turning an old tradition into a sport. but, like most things you judge by the cover, I was proven wrong. And that was a good lesson and so refreshing. Turns out, my understanding with yoga and wanderlust needed a big adjustment. I began making deep connections with teachers and students alike and realized that so many of us were coming for similar things. The spiritual side, the health and wellness, the community, and the adventure. Coming through my own blocks and hangups, I was able to then dive deeper into engaging positively in the festival community. No one wants to work with someone who’s got one foot in and the other out the door. Once I jumped in, I could see the benefits immediately. Further engagement and transformation during my class – the music offering. how’s that for honesty?
Out of these three words, which one is your favorite and why? Collaborate, Cultivate, Create:
Collaborate. There’s a magic we all love to witness in the co-creation of two or multiple different kinds of people, ideas, and ways of being. It’s undeniable, what we get out of doing things together.
What is your passion inspired from, and what is it all about:
Born from chaos, grown in confusion and misrepresented identity, self sufficient in the struggle, well versed in the hustle, the passion is survival and the key is art. A new chapter in musical history making is coming – a record that will tell this story.
What is one major lesson/learning you are taking away from your entrepreneurial/dream achieving journey so far?
Everything is possible. Just be flexible with the outcome.
Personally, it is how we exist. It’s the i in community. Together we grow and live and breath. That doesn’t mean you gotta live with each other (laughs), it just means I’ll lend you some sugar or flour or kindling or prayers or water. Community is terraced family. Everyone has a role in the tribe. It is vital to me in my profession because it’s the well I draw from. Without it, I would be thirsty. And would have to find other means to quench my thirst.
In your own opinion, how would you encourage others to live more socially engaged within our community?
It’s a hard thing to step outside your comfort zone. Kindness is cool. If you’re already outside your box, engage with others who may not be. Invite them in. Keep trying. It won’t be easy. Some people are really shut down. But, every little gestured is noted. Sometimes all it takes is a please and thank you or a high five or a ‘how are you’. It’s kind of being at summer camp, actually. Your experience is totally your own. Make it the best. Get out and be amongst it.
What is a personal experience at Wanderlust where being social has benefited you in accomplishing your dreams and your goals?
Oh man, so many. But, I’m a very social person as it is. In which case, my dreams/goals are always in motion. There’s more stories there, but they are way too long for this interview. I’ve come out of my cave many times at wanderlust and have connected with some of my good friends who stand by me outside of the festival.
What is some advice that you would like to share to people out there when it comes to following their dreams?
Don’t let anyone every say you can’t do it. There’s watering to be done on those seeds. You just have to figure out from which river. Be open to changes, be aggressive, be assertive, and don’t take any shit.
What are your socially conscious contributions to your community, and what inspired the idea behind them?
That’s such a huge question. Kindness is cool. I think by offering people music that reconnects them with their higher selves, that’s a pretty socially conscious contribution. The hard questions. My life and story inspired the idea. Just like everyone else, it is complex and incomplete.
What is your favorite ways/places/classes to get SOCIAL at Wanderlust, and why?
Usually if there’s a gondola I like hanging there. Or by whatever water, hiking, juice bar situation is around.
How do you feel young dream achievers can benefit from social within the community?
How will you ever dive deeper into the dream if you don’t get involved with other dreamers and activators?
How do you feel young dream achievers can benefit from being social online?
Social media is a powerful tool for this generation. Education is at your fingertips. Use it. Squeeze it for all its worth.
Find out more about Nahko and what he’s up to here.
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