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Blackfire est un groupe de punk-rock navajo, formé à la fin des années 1980, et composé des frères et sœur Clayson Benally (batterie, chant), Klee Benally (guitare, chant) et Jeneda Benally (basse, chant). Le groupe, surtout actif sur scène, milite notamment pour les droits des amérindiens. Il a notamment remporté unNative American Music Awards en 2002 et en 2005, et collaboré avec deux membres des Ramones, C.J. Ramone et Joey Ramone. Suite à une demande de la fille de Woody Guthrie1, ils ont repris en musique certains de ses poèmes.

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  • Blackfire (EP de 5 morceaux, 1994)
  • Blackfire (EP de 3 morceaux, 1998)
  • One Nation Under (2001-2002)
  • Woody Guthrie Singles (2003)
  • Blackfire – Beyond Warped: Live Music Series (CD/DVD, 2005)
  • Silence is a Weapon – 2 CD dont un de musiques “traditionnelles” (2007??)

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Klee Benally (born October 1975) is the lead vocalist and guitarist of Navajo punk rock band Blackfire.[1] Benally is also an activist, artist, silversmith, and filmmaker.[2] He also performs traditional Navajo dances[3] and is a champion fancy war dancer.

Klee Benally at Human Rights March 2012

Klee Benally arrested August 7th, 2012


Benally was born in 1975. His parents are Jones, a traditional Navajo medicine man, and Berta Benally, a folk singer and songwriter born to Russian-Polish Jewish parents. His sister is Jeneda and his brother is Clayson. They are Jewish born for Navajo. On their father’s side they are of the Wandering People, and born for the Bitter Water Clan. Together they grew up in Flagstaff, AZ but their father is from Black MesaNavajo Nation. Klee now lives with his wife, Princess, in Flagstaff, Arizona.[4]


Klee, Jeneda, and Clayson formed the punk band, Blackfire in 1989. They have toured internationally.[4] They incorporate aspects of traditional Navajo music in their songs.[5] They were also influenced by bands such as RamonesDead KennedysSubhumansCrassBad Brains, and other punk bands.[6] The name refers to the pollution, especially from coal mining, on the Navajo Nation.[7]

Video and film[edit]

Benally has made many documentary shorts.[3] He directed a documentary called “The Snowbowl Effect,” which addresses proposed ski area development on Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks.[8]

Community work[edit]

He was also the coordinator of the southwest Native American Film and Video Festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona in 2004 and 2005. He has co-founded grassroots projects such as the Taala Hoghan Infoshop, Indigenous Action Media,[9] Outta Your Backpack Media Project, Flagstaff Activist Network and the Save the Peaks Coalition.[1] “Our generation has a whole lot of anger,” says Benally. “We can try to turn negative into positive, be productive.”[10] In May 2010, Klee was part of a direct action where he and 5 others locked down at Tucson Border Patrol Head Quarters to protest border militarization on Indigenous lands and SB-1070.

Awards and recognition[edit]

He won numerous awards for his art at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and was the first student to win Best Show at the Navajo art show at the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1991. In 2010, Benally was awarded the Livable Community Award by a Flagstaff community group for his work for social and environmental justice.[1]


  1. Jump up to:a b c “KLEE BENALLY AWARDED THE 2010 LIVABLE COMMUNITY AWARD.” Friends of Flagstaff.(retrieved 28 Nov 2010)
  2. Jump up^ Indigenous People
  3. Jump up to:a b “Bios.” Anartist Films. (retrieved 28 Nov 2010)
  4. Jump up to:a b Dunaway and Beer 202
  5. Jump up^ Dunaway and Beer 181
  6. Jump up^ Dunaway and Beer 185
  7. Jump up^ Dunaway and Beer 183
  8. Jump up^ [1]
  9. Jump up^ Indigenous Action Media
  10. Jump up^ Spina 127


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