2022 Painted Mountains Tour

BLM Artist-in-Residence Delbert Anderson and his ensemble D'DAT

Image of Delberr Anderson and three additional members of the group D'DAT standing outdoors, with some holding instruments including a trumpet, a stand-up bass, and drumsticks.

2022 Painted Mountains Tour

Logo for Painted Mountains Tour

For the first time in Bureau history, the BLM Artist-in-Residence program featured a multi-site tour when Native American jazz trumpeter Delbert Anderson and his ensemble D’DAT visited several National Conservation Lands sites in June and July 2022.

Anderson and D’DAT spent time at each location researching Indigenous land stories and music, then held workshops in which students collaborated to create music. They concluded a final day with an outdoor public performance to celebrate America’s public lands. 

About Anderson

Delbert Anderson and D’DAT combine jazz, funk, and hip hop yielding a unique and compelling sound appealing to people of all backgrounds. Anderson is a faculty member at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and bases his music on traditional spinning songs from Native Americans. The resulting sound is rhythmic, multi-tonal, and rich in texture.

Historically, Navajo spinning songs have been a way for Diné to compose new pieces reflecting the present moment. Traditionally passed from generation to generation, spinning songs grew with the times and are still present today.

Anderson found a cassette tape of spinning songs and spoke with native elders to explore fusing spinning songs and today’s modern music. “They had songs for everything, love, war, ceremonies and healing," he said. "The spinning songs I was influenced by were those with messages to our youth about minding manners."

In its performances, D’DAT merges traditional and modern music structures to create an exciting new sound.

About the Artist-in-Residence program

The BLM Artist-in-Residence program provides artistic and educational opportunities to promote deeper understanding of, and dialogue about, the significance of natural, cultural, and historic resources on public lands managed by the BLM – including the National Landscape Conservation System.

The BLM Artist-in-Residence program is managed by a participating BLM field office or site, often in conjunction with one or more partner organizations. Through the program, artists are encouraged to use their observational skills in portraying the variety of cultural and natural resources on BLM lands such as historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscapes, geologic features, and plant and animal life. Learn more!

Schedule of Activities

As part of the Painted Mountains Tour, Anderson and D’DAT held workshops and played in concert at the locations listed below.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Workshop Concert

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11 a.m. 
Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum
27501 CO-184
Dolores, Colorado

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 7 p.m.
Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum
27501 CO-184
Dolores, Colorado

 

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Workshop Concert

Friday, June 17, 2022, 10 a.m. 
Edge of the Cedars Museum
660 W 400 N
Blanding, Utah

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 7 p.m. 
San Juan High School Auditorium
311 North Bronco Blvd
Blanding, Utah


Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Oregon*

Workshop Concert

Monday, June 27, 11 a.m.
Lake Simtustus Resort
2750 NW Pelton Dam Rd.
Madras, OR 97741

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.
Lake Simtustus Resort
2750 NW Pelton Dam Rd.
Madras, OR 97741

 

King Range National Conservation Area, California

Workshop Concert

July 2, 2022, 11 a.m. 
King Range National Conservation Area
768 Shelter Cove Road
Whitethorn, California

July 4, 2022, 2 p.m. 
Mal Coombs Park
1176 Lower Pacific Drive
Whitethorn, California

 

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico

Workshop Concert

July 8, 2022, 11 a.m. 
Dripping Springs Natural Area
La Cueva Group Site

15000 Dripping Springs Rd.
Las Cruces, New Mexico

July 9, 2022, 7 p.m. 
Centennial High School
1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, New Mexico

All workshops and concerts adhered to any local or state COVID-19 attendance or social distancing restrictions in effect on those days.

* The Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River workshop and concert was coordinated by Delbert Anderson with local tribal leaders.