Kanatan Aski is name of the musical group founded by Marcos Arcentales in 1992 on the eve of the 500 anniversary of the European influence on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. The band was named by First Nations Playwright Floyd Favel (Cree Nation) meaning “clean land”. Kanatan Aski recorded three albums “Andean Colours” ” Andean Colours” and the Juno nominated “Condor Meets the Eagle”.
Kanatan Aski latest project is the Indigenous World Music Project and is part of Tierra Sol Crafts which sells handmade native crafts and musical instruments from artisans from the Americas.
PACHA Indigenous Arts Collective is a family run business brings colour to the Korean Town area located at 614 Bloor St. W. near Palmerston. Visiting PACHA you will see the past that still persistent in a fast passed world. It’s not just a place to shop it’s a place where cultural identities are seen in all our handmade items created through collectives and fair trade. PACHA will be a place where people can learn the many stories and myths of many items displayed for show and sale. In the near future will also conduct workshops such as “Learn how to play Charango guitar,” “How to make deer hide drums,” or hear special guest speakers on environmental issues and indigenous cosmology and ceremonies
Indigenous World Music Project tells the story of the Andean, Aboriginal, Inuit, Latino and Canadian peoples whose musical influences are separated by geography but not by musical time. It is a fusion of music from the Americas composed by Marcos featuring Inuit throat singers, native drumming and chanting, pan pipes and string quartet. Which is a natural segue of the ideas and concepts that began with Kanatan Aski and collaborator Pura Fe.
Tierra Sol Crafts is a family run business for the last twenty years built a network of indigenous craftspeople throughout the Americas bringing the best in Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Columbia and Native America. Marcos a talented graphic artist and instrumentalist began to design and make indigenous musical instruments, along with his wife Pati who handcrafted jewelry and leather goods. He utilized his entrepreneurial “grass roots” promotion knowledge and began to sell his work at various craft fairs throughout North, Latin and South America. Working directly with Native Artisan families which is a Fair Trade family run business working with Native and Indigenous Peoples