Probably some of you have been to pow-wows and have heard the music of Native America. Some might think of music in Native America as nothing more than drums and wooden flutes. But there is so much more to the music and to the songs of our First Americans. For a start, let’s have a look at Native American songs. Interestingly, 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 is a picture of a young man dancing. These pictures were gotten,by the way, from the 26th Annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque. 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.
Below are some pictures of my own dancing at pow-wows. It seems like forever since I’ve been to a pow-wow, but oh, how I love to dance, when I do get to attend. 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.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my blog today. And now for a little picture tour of the books that I have out and ones that are soon to be released. LAKOTA SURRENDER, LAKOTA PRINCESS, PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN and GRAY HAWK’S LADY are all on sale and if you hurry, you can pick up an ebook copy of PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN and GRAY HAWK’S LADY for a song. Here’s the link: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html and here’s the cover copy tour… Come on in and let’s chat — by the way, please go back if you please and look at the winner’s of last week’s books. I still haven’t heard from you and I do need an email from you both in order to know where to send the books. Thanks! Come on in and let’s chat!