In 1999, Indigenous won three top Native American Music Awards for its debut record. The track "Now That You're Gone" peaked at No. 22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, making Indigenous one of the first Native American bands to break into that realm.
"Vanishing Americans" takes much of its lead from Zephier, who died in 1998. He was a well-known spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council, a United Nations organization based in New York City.
“My dad was my biggest influence,” Nanji said in an interview with Native Sun News. “He pointed me in the right direction, and I am honored to have had that kind of father.” Reflecting on his father’s activist and musical influence, Nanji said, “I grew up listening to rhythm and blues and now I try to mix it all into one.”
If you go What Blues Traveler with special guest Indigenous When 7 p.m. Saturday at Vetter Stone Amphitheater, Riverfront Park in Mankato. Gates open 6 p.m. Tickets $25 at gate; advance $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Verizon Wireless Center ticket office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and at Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.