In keeping with Winnie’s theme yesterday, I thought I’d blog today about Indian songs. For those of you who haven’t heard many Indian songs, you might wonder what’s so different about them. In truth, though many Native American songs are like any other song, there are different considerations that attach themselves to Indian songs.
Here’s a good place to start, where you can listen to some pow-wow music — the drum (this is a group — called the drum — it’s usually several men who sit around a drum and drum and sing — it is called simply a drum) for the opening song is Thunder Hill — but you can listen to some different drums, as well. Here’s the link: www.gatheringofnations.com/music/thunder_morning.htm
This is a picture of a drum. Some people might say “drum group,” but the usual language is simply “drum.” Off to the right here are a couple of pictures of a couple of young men dancing. These pictures were gotten,by the way, from the 26th Annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM earlier this year. The photographer is Derek Mathews.
Here’s a video/music of round dance music — if you want to go and have a look: www.youtube/watch?v=75TWwbdelFI
And here’s some incredible pictures of some of the singers in different drums. Many of these songs are passed down from generation to generation. Some, however, are new. Here’s some more pictures of these incredible singers. All of these pictures,by the way were taken by Le Andra Peters andis from the website www.gatheringofnations.com
Here’s some more pow-wow music: www.gatheringofnations.com/music/GON-25.htm
Now, just a little bit of info about Indian songs. This is from the book, The Indian How Book by Author C. Parker, who lived amongst the Indians. Every song has a purpose and no one sings outright for fear of awakening spirits that are attracted to the song you’re singing. The scales didn’t necessarily follow what we know of as the chromatic scale, which follow our string instruments, more or less. But songs were owned and no one could sing another’s song without permission.
Many of the songs made you want to get up and dance — and dance and dance. Once again, referring to Arthur C. Parker and his book, The Indian How Book, he says, “It may be that these old Indians were pagans, whatever that word may mean, but certainly they knew how to make men feel that there was a Great Spirit in whom we lived and moved and had our being. Oddly enough, I have known white men and women, who felt the same way about the songs of the red people, and they have returned again and again to the councils of the Indians to drink in this feeling of mystery, this sense of unseen powers.”
Whatever the reason, I know that I love to dance at pow-wows. Something about the music gets into your soul and before you know it, you’re out there with the other dancers, dancing your cares away.
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But whatever you choose to do, come on in and let’s chat. Did you listen to any of the pow-wow music? And if you did, tell me your thoughts.