Music plays an integral role in the life of Native Americans. It is used for ceremonial purposes, recreation, expression, and healing. There are many different instruments used when making Native American music, including drums, flutes, and other percussion instruments. Perhaps the most important element of their music is the voice.
Vocals are the backbone of the music made in Native American cultures. Unusual, irregular rhythms and a somewhat off-key style of singing is used. No harmony is ever incorporated, although sometimes many people sing at once, and other times the vocals are solo. The Native American vocals are passionate, used to invoke spirits, ask for rain or healing, or are used to heal the sick. In most cases, the men and women of the tribes sing separate songs, and have their own dances. The men typically dance around in a circle, while the women usually dance in place.
Many researchers feel that Native American music is some of the most complex ever performed. The tensing and releasing of the vocals combined with varying drum beats makes it a very intricate form of art. Another interesting item of note is that every region of the country where the Native Americans had settled produced greatly varying forms and sounds of music. With so many different tribes, the music produced is always unique to its specific group. Generally, Eskimo music has been touted as being the most simple of all of the Native American music styles, while the Hopi, Pueblo, and Zuni tribes of the Southwestern part of the country have been known to produce much more complex sounding music. The emotion invoked from Native American music has been a great influence in modern folk music. In addition, tribal music is still very popular among music fans, and Native American CDs sell fairly well, even in today’s modern climate.
What a wonderful topic of discussion. I love NA music and listen to it most of the time while driving in my car and in my home. The flute and chanting have an almost haunting feel to me that reaches deep to my core. Carlos Nakai and Douglas Spotted Eagle are two of my favorite artists.
This one has a very soothing feel to me...Lakota Peyote~Healing Song~
This is one that has been on my favorite list that I thought you may like.
Yes, Schay, it's been a long time, way overdue for this discussion. I too love the flute and drums, and I have a few favorite contemporary NA artists. I know this discussion will strongly bless many.
I love the Wolves Prayer, you know how to pull my heart strings :o)))
One of my favorite NA artists is Robbie Robertson.
Oh thank you so much. I am saving them to my collectionl. I love Robbie Robertson's music. His voice and music mesmerizes me. He has a limited edition collector's box set called How To Become Clairvoyant that I would love to have.
This is a group called The Blessed Blend that I recently discovered from a friend. It is a tribal fusion of NA and Celtic music. This video is a live performance of a song call The Firelands.
In my book, the fusion of NA and Celtic beliefs and traditions and music, is so, so close. Maybe I feel this way because I am NA and Irish! I love this vid :o)))
You have a book you have written? Would love to hear more!!!
Oh no sweet heart, sorry to bring you a misunderstanding. I was using an expression, you know, "In my book, you're the best!!!"
Oh lol. It seems that I have met several people lately that are writing books and thought perhaps you had too. Well maybe you should. :-)). I feel very drawn to Celtic music as well. Hoping to visit Ireland one day.
thank you our companion of 12 years (Chance) just passed we needed this blessings
Many blessings to you Su.