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Canyon Records

In 1951 a fellow named Ray Boley had a desire to capture sound images of Native America so that they could be enjoyed and appreciated by everyone.  Ray started Canyon Records, sort of a "Nashville of the Rez." This is a picture of Ray and his first artist, Ed Lee Natay.

Since then old Canyon Records has captured just about every sound image that you can imagine, from the most traditional to the most zinging Native American Rock.

As an example of the great sounds of Native America, take a   few seconds to sample the Taos Round Dance performed by the Bala Sinem Choir.  Feel the heartbeat of the drum and the joy in the singing.

 Canyon Records has the sounds of Native America nailed better than any library that we've been able to find.  This will help you find an excellent selection of Native American songs.

Ohwejagehka: Ha 'degaenage

An organization based on Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario Canada, the group was established to help preserve and nurture the Iroquoian languages and songs. Here you will find a tremendous resource, not only for its Earth Songs, but also for the language that they strive so hard to preserve. Visit the site by clicking on the drum. Preview a song here.

Ryon Polequaptewa and Blu Thunder

Ryon Polequaptewa not only is one of the finest Kachina Doll carvers, but writes, sings, and drums for Blu Thunder, a group of Hopi city dwellers that left their beloved homeland.  The Blu Thunder singers have been singing together over a span of 10 years, and the singers never stop thanking The Creator for giving them the gift of singing and guidance in all of their endeavors.  Listen to Ryon's Grassdance from the Blu Thunder CD.

 

Ronald Roybal

Accomplished at the Classical and Flamenco Guitar as well as the Native American Flute, Ronald has released several CDs.  He descended from Pubelo Indian (Tewa) and Spanish Colonial people of the San Ildefonso area of northern New Mexico.  While music is Ronald's passion, he is an image maker in many ways, including his photography that you can enjoy by visiting his website.  Just click on the picture.  And click here to enjoy an example of Ronald's work on the guitar.

Moiety

A moiety is either of two kinship groups based on unilateral descent that together make up a tribe or society.  This Moiety rocks, but its music expresses many traditional Native American thoughts.  Moiety members come from many different Pueblos, and they are proof that things in Native America are indeed very much alive.  Just listen to Eagle Dancer to see what we mean.