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Indian Music of the Canadian Plains

Various Artists
Indian Music of the Canadian Plains

Recorded by eminent Canadian ethnomusicologist Ken Peacock for the National Museum of Canada, this recording features the music of the Cree, Assiniboine, Blood, and Blackfoot tribes of the Canadian Plains. Comprehensive liner notes by Peacock provide history and geography of the Plains as well as background on the cultural characteristics of the people who inhabit them. By distinguishing the variations in drum rhythms, and explaining the nuances in volume change and the relationship between the rhythm and the voice, Peacock’s notes afford the listener an understanding of the war, ceremonial, and dance songs featured on this recording.

Track Listing

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Cree: War Song George Nicotine and group 1:49
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102
Cree: Prisoner's Song William Burn Stick 2:26
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103
Cree: Bear Ceremony Harry Nicotine 2:37
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104
Cree: Big Dog Dance Songs n/a 3:19
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105
Cree: Hand-Game Songs William Peaychew 2:49
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106
Cree: Greeting Song William Peaychew 2:05
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107
Cree: Pow Wow Song Alan Fox and Lawrence Kiskotagan 3:15
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108
Cree: Grass Dance Song Elie Pooyak 1:34
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109
Cree: Pow Wow Love Song Elie Pooyak 1:28
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201
Assinboine: Warrior's Death Song n/a 2:01
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202
Blood: Grass Dance Song n/a 2:11
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203
Blood: Chicken Dance Song n/a 2:15
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204
Blood: Owl Dance Song Unspecified 2:32
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205
Blood: Sun Dance Song Jim Low Horn, Jack Low Horn, and Mrs. Emil Wings 1:51
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206
Blood: Crazy Dog Dance Song Jim Low Horn, Jack Low Horn, and Mrs. Emil Wings 1:43
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207
Blood: Serenade Adam Delaney and group 2:44
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208
Blood: Owl Dance Song Adam and Wallace Delaney 1:20
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209
Blackfoot: Lucky Stone Song One Gun 1:12
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210
Blackfoot: War Song Wilfred Calf Robe and Albert Scalp Lock 0:56
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