Gareth Laffely

Native American advocate Gareth Laffely, pictured her at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, is an MTSU Honors College student, Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award recipient, and an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer. His music will be featured in the Nov. 7 screening of the documentary “Spirit Song” at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

The Tennessee State Museum will host a Nov. 7 free screening of “Spirit Song”, a documentary featuring songs from the collaborative album, “Voices of the Guardians”, by Native American composer, musician, and Middle Tennessee State University student Gareth Laffely and Emmy-winning producer, composer and pianist Lance Bendiksen.

The screening will take place from 6-7 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum, located at 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. at Jefferson Street on Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville.

The film, which showcases the sacred tribal areas and nearby indigenous cultures that inspired the project, is a selection of the 2019 American Documentary Film Festival and the George Lindsey Una Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the 21-year-old Laffely, who will also give a traditional Native American flute performance. Laffely, an Honors College student who at age 17 became the youngest artist to reach No. 2 on the Billboard New Age chart, is of Native American ancestry, with a bloodline tracing back to the Mi’kmaq and Cree tribes.

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