It has often been noted that American Indians/Alaska Natives have served in the United States military more per capita than any other ethnic group. So it’s no wonder an organization like the Native American Music Awards & Association would endorse a military project.
In a recent announcement N.A.M.A. is collaborating with Operation Music Aid Inc., involving recently published Two Scoops of Hooah!: The T-Walls of Kuwait and Iraq. The 208-page hardcover book, serves as a pictorial spread of history, focusing on cement structures, T-walls, that originally were military barriers. Now transformed into artistic murals showing the expressions of the American Service Members and Coalition Partner Nations on the battlefields of Kuwait and Iraq.
The book, defined as modern folk art, is giving 100 percent of all net proceeds to help the rehabilitation of wounded service men and women.
“Native Americans share a proud history in serving our country, from The Navajo Code Talkers and Iwo Jima’s Flag Raiser, Ira Hamilton Hayes, to the late PFC Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat on foreign soil in Iraq. We hope that our international audience will support this book. The Native American Music Association is very proud to continue to honor and pay tribute to all of our country’s great men and women and assist those who have been wounded,” stated N.A.M.A.’s Founder and CEO, Ellen Bello in a press release.
Nearly 200,000 American Indians have served in the military since World War I and a Native-influence can be seen in some of the pictures of this book, including the Native American warrior image on page 21.
Two Scoops of Hooah!: The T-Walls of Kuwait and Iraq is being distributed independently by Operation Music Aid, and can be purchased online for $24.95, use the Organization code: NAMA.