To understand the music of Black Belt Eagle Scout , it helps to know a little bit about the place frontwoman Katherine Paul grew up. The artist was raised on Swinomish Indian Reservation in Washington. With there only being about 1,000 people in the Swinomish tribe — and not all of them living on the reservation — Paul's community was extremely tight knit. Paul, who now lives in Portland, Ore., still channels her community through her music. Paul says that a lot of the music on her latest album, At the Party With My Brown Friends , finds its origins in the music she heard on the reservation. I guess I was just always surrounded by [music]," Paul says. "My family had a drum group... We would host pow wows and I think for me music is just a way of life....
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