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For those who appreciate, or would like to get to know, music of and from the world of the American Indian.

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Comment by Andy Getch on October 28, 2011 at 7:05pm
I kinda like it too.
Comment by David Mitchell on October 28, 2011 at 5:42pm

Not sure how this will go over, but I kinda like this

Mother Earth by Knifewing

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on September 27, 2011 at 9:54am

Sounds good. I'll look for them.

Thanks - m

Comment by Andy Getch on September 26, 2011 at 6:26pm

"Iroquois Music and Dance - Ceremonial Arts of Two Seneca Longhouses" by Gertrude Kurath. I have not finished yet but it has the most musical information with dance function and musical characteristics (transcribed to bass clef staff, beats per minute, melody contours.

"Song of the Sky" by Brian Swann has mostly poems with a few songs in treble clef.

"Singing of Earth - A Native American Anthology" has many poems. I have not started to read this one yet.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on September 26, 2011 at 11:53am
Andy - What books have you found?
Comment by Andy Getch on September 26, 2011 at 5:32am
I have found a few books with poems and songs. A couple of them have some songs with the vocals transcribed to treble staff.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on July 11, 2011 at 9:29am

Pretty cool stuff.

Thanks much!

Comment by Andy Getch on July 10, 2011 at 7:19pm

I like their version of Amazing Grace and the translation of Cherokee on their website. I noticed they do have some guitar playing. I did find this flute arrangement with guitar chords for Cherokee Morning Song.  


My ear hears the key of F for the Walela version. If that is correct a capo at the 5th fret gets closer but it sounds like there are some 2nd 4th and 6th notes so it may take experimenting.


The Walela version seems to be in a different key

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on July 10, 2011 at 10:14am
Their father was a preacher and probably because of that they have a version of Amazing Grace that is pretty good. They sing it in Cherokee and part of the song even has bagpipes. Imagine that, a christian song, sung in Cherokee, with bagpipes... only in America!
Comment by Andy Getch on July 9, 2011 at 8:14pm


Thanks. I have a couple of Rita Coolidge albums. Until your post I was not aware of Walela but I like what I hear and plan to listen to more.


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