OKAMA: Building a meaningful relationship between the church and Indigenous people
The Indigenous group OKAMA was founded by First Nation leaders Dr. Gerard Roberts, traditional name (Abouyou), of the Karina nation, and his wife Peta-Gay (Tayaliti) Roberts of the Taino/Arawak First Nations. Okama is a Taino word meaning ‘listen’ or ‘hear’.
When Peta and Gerard along with their two daughters Gesse-Lea (Ouellechi) and Israel-Rain (Malacaya) released their debut album, Sacred Fire in 2010, the worship band OKAMA was birthed.
The family has an anointing for breakthrough, healing and deliverance. OKAMA’s ‘ancient-contemporary’ sound with its synthesis of Indigenous and non-indigenous instruments, original lyrics, and First Nations dance offers a unique worship experience.
Today on Connections, Peta-Gay and Gerard Roberts share why they formed the band and how we as the church can do a better job when it comes to reconciliation.