Apache father, son to perform at powwow during Red Earth
Al Santo's Jr. bears the likeness of his namesake. They both sport dark hair and expressive faces. Santos, and his father, are members of the Arawak tribe, and northern transplants to Apache.
The father and son duo make up the heart of the Grammy nominated Otter Trail Drum Group.
The Otter Trail was founded in 1992 on the northwestern U.S. coast by Al Santos Sr. when his son was 3 years old. The group performed at powwows throughout New England before Santos and his son moved to Oklahoma. Once they made it south to the Sooner state, the Santos' reformed Otter Trail. Nearly 20 years later the group consists of around 12 full-time members, have produced 11 studio albums, been nominated for two Grammys and this weekend will be returning for the third time to the Red Earth Native American festival in Oklahoma City.
"There are drum groups that are backed by their tribes, but I've always liked to say that we are intertribal," Santos Sr. said. "Sure, we are predominately Kiowa and Comanche because a lot of our guys are from this area, but we have members of tribes from all over the country. So I never want to say we are just Kiowa, or just Comanche, because we are intertribal."