Recommended for grades 5-12
Mali Obomsawin (they/she) is an award-winning bassist, songwriter, and composer from Abenaki First Nation at Odanak. Named one of Grammy.com’s Top 10 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2023, Obomsawin and her touring sextet have performed at premier festivals and venues across North America, including Montreal’s International Jazz Festival and the National Jazz Museum of Harlem. With an expansive background in American roots, rock, and jazz, Obomsawin carries several music traditions. Beyond the stage Mali is a community organizer and advocate for Indigenous rights, environmental justice and landback. She works as a writer and educator with Sunlight Media Collective, a Wabanaki-driven media team, to document and promote stories at the intersection of environmental justice and tribal sovereignty. Her journalism has been published recently in Smithsonian, National Performance Network, and the Boston Globe. In 2020, Mali co-founded Bomazeen Land Trust, the first ever Wabanaki land trust, where she currently serves as executive director.