In 1951 a fellow named
Ray Boley had a desire to capture sound images of Native
America so that they could be
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
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
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.
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.
A moiety is either of two kinship groups
based on unilateral descent that together make
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 EagleDancer to see what we mean.