This evening’s Dancing for Change radio show features nearly all songs by Native Americans, some traditional, some contemporary. I’m part of a spring break mission team heading to Pine Ridge Reservation in early March, and earlier this evening a student and I presented a short talk (with accompanying audio tracks) on Lakota music. So tonight’s show is an expansion on that theme. Native Americans of all tribes have a rich heritage that’s often overlooked or outright suppressed. Here is some of their talent and beauty.
- Bill Miller (Mohican) – Dreams of Wounded Knee, from The Red Road, 2004
- Walela (Cherokee) – Cherokee Morning Song, from their self-titled album, 1997
- Frank Waln (Lakota) – My Stone, from the Born Ready EP, 2012
- A Tribe Called Red (Nipissing, Mohawk, & Cayuga) – Look At This, from their self-titled album, 2012
- U2 (Irish) – In God’s Country, from The Joshua Tree, 1987
- Earth Guardians (Aztec and more) – What the Frack, available on YouTube, 2013
- John Around Him (Lakota) – Start of First Pipe Song, from Lakota Ceremonial Songs, 1983
- The Mesa Music Consort (Latin-American) – Many Feathers Chant, from Spirit Feathers, 1997
- Indigenous (Nakota) – Free Yourself, Free Your Mind, from Featuring Mato Nanji, 2012
- Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) – The Great Law of Peace, from Peacemaker’s Journey, 2000
- Frank Waln (Lakota) – What Makes the Red Man Red, from his Soundcloud stream, 2015
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