Skip to main content

Haida: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest

Various Artists
Haida: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest

The music of the Haida tribe in the Pacific Northwest is shrouded in secrecy from outsiders, largely as a response to their visual art being exposed by European missionaries in the 19th century. As a result Haida elders sought to protect their music from western influence. Haida songs are constructed of a unique speech-vocal style and foundation tones which tell the story of each piece and direct each ritual. Musicologist Ida Halpern collected a number of recordings of Haida songs from tribespeople eager to keep their heritage alive and was the first scholar of native music of this region. This album contains songs about love, celebration, war, drinking, and dialogue between Halpern and the singers. Liner notes include musical analyses of each song, as well as interviews with artists involved in the project.

Track Listing

101
MM 44: Play Song Mungo Martin 0:52
102
MM 45: Play Song Mungo Martin 1:13
103
MM 46: Play Song Mungo Martin 1:23
104
MM 47: Love Song Mungo Martin 2:43
105
MM 48: War Song Cycle Mungo Martin 3:47
106
MM 49: Love Song Mungo Martin 1:41
107
MM 50: Drinking Song Mungo Martin 2:30
108
MM 19: Drinking Song Mungo Martin 1:18
109
TW 12: Paddle Song Tom Willie Johnson 3:20
110
L 18: Haida Song Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 3:12
111
L 19: Hummingbird Song Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 3:08
201
K 1: Love Song Mrs. Peter Kelly 3:06
202
K 2: Haida King Song Mrs. Peter Kelly 2:40
203
K 3: Love Song Mrs. Peter Kelly 2:15
204
K 4: Love Song Mrs. Peter Kelly 0:56
205
Dialogue Mrs. Peter Kelly 7:05
206
K 5: Tsimshian Song Mrs. Peter Kelly 2:08
207
K 6: Love Song Mrs. Peter Kelly 1:32
208
K 7: Chinook Love Song Mrs. Peter Kelly 7:30
301
FD 1: Celebration Song Florence Davidson 6:41
302
FD 2: Lullaby Song Florence Davidson 2:51
303
FD 3: Marriage Song Florence Davidson 5:07
304
FD 4: Children's Song Florence Davidson 2:15
305
FD 5: Neyland's Pride Song Florence Davidson 6:02
401
FD 6: Welcome Dance for Edenshaw's Potlatch Florence Davidson 2:55
402
Dialogue Florence Davidson 11:55
403
FD 6A: Welcome Dance for Edenshaw's Potlatch Florence Davidson 2:37
404
FD 7: Tsimshian Song Florence Davidson 2:01
405
Dialogue Florence Davidson 3:42

.