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Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest Coast

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Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Dr. Ida Halpern (1910–1987), an Austrian-born Canadian musicologist, collected these tracks from several tribes along the British Columbia coast. Songs of the Kwakiutl are the most prevalent here, but also included are the Ucuelet, Toquaht tribes, with informants from the Nootka and Das Nak Dwak tribes as well. The liner notes provide an exhaustive yet accessible analysis of the musical techniques of the coastal tribes, and of the musicians’ lives. Other recordings by Dr. Halpern include Kwakiutl: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest, Haida: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest, and Nootka Indian Music of the Pacific North West Coast.

Track Listing

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Wolf Song Billy Assu 3:10
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102
Wolf Song Mungo Martin 2:05
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103
Grizzly Bear Song (1-3) (medley) Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 6:10
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104
Grizzly Bear Song Mungo Martin 2:18
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105
Raven Song Mungo Martin 3:00
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106
Raven Song Billy Assu 1:41
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107
Raven Song Billy Assu 1:25
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201
Potlatch Song Billy Assu 1:39
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202
Potlatch Song Billy Assu 0:58
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203
Headdress Song Mungo Martin 4:03
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204
Feast Song Mungo Martin 15:26
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205
Finishing Song Mungo Martin 0:51
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301
Hamatsa Song Billy Assu 2:02
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302
Hamatsa Song Billy Assu and Wikwli Smeka 2:26
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303
Hamatsa Song, Hikeles Stanley Hunt 4:37
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304
Hamatsa Song, Mosquito Mungo Martin 1:10
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305
Mourning Song Mungo Martin 5:28
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306
Little Woman Doctor Song Mary Wamish and Billy Assu 1:30
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307
Ghost Song, Hacha Mamai Mungo Martin 1:58
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308
Ghost Song, Hama Maa Mei Mungo Martin 1:47
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401
Love Song Mungo Martin and Mrs. Martin 4:09
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402
War Song for Marriage Billy Assu 1:49
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403
Paying for Daughter Song Billy Assu 2:02
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404
Cradle Song, Ya Sella Mungo Martin 4:15
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405
Baby Song Dan Cranmer 2:19
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406
Cedar Bark Dance Song Mungo Martin 4:30
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Gambling Song Mungo Martin 2:47
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