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Music of the Gwich'in Indians of Alaska

Various Artists
Music of the Gwich'in Indians of Alaska

The Gwich’in (also known as Kutchin) Indians live across Central and Eastern Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Their vocal music represents the more traditional way of experiencing music―unaccompanied singing. Their instrumental music, especially played on the fiddle, reflects the influence of explorers, traders, and missionaries on musical tastes. The Gwich’in adopted not only the music that whites introduced but jigs, reels, and square dances. There are several instances as well of Gwich’in adapting Native dance forms to this Western style of music.

Track Listing

101
Song of the Snow Geese Flying over the Mouth of the Yukon Daniel John 1:36
102
Love Song Lily Pitka 0:29
103
Love Song: Sheenjit Gwiizuu Lily Pitka 0:25
104
Love Song: Goodbye Sheenyaa Lily Pitka 0:29
105
Medicine Song: Shenyati's Owl Song Silas John 2:14
106
Medicine Song Stanley Luke 1:24
107
Medicine Song Johnny Frank 0:20
108
War Song Johnny Frank 0:32
109
Crow Dance Song Myra Robert 0:57
110
Crow Dance Song Lily Pitka 0:36
111
Song of Tribute Myra Robert 0:48
112
Song of Tribute Myra Robert 0:41
113
The Boy in the Moon Myra Robert 1:36
114
New Year's Song Lily Pitka 0:48
115
Goodby Song Lily Pitka 0:40
116
Steamboat Song Silas John 1:06
201
Red River Jig, Ch'eenatsii Ch'aradzaa Charlie Peter and Stanley Frank 1:45
202
Duck Dance, Dats'an Ch'aradzaa Charlie Peter and Stanley Frank 1:51
203
Brandy Charlie Peter and Stanley Frank 2:39
204
Rabbit Dance, Ge Ch'aradzaa Jimmy and Lawrence Roberts 1:32
205
Virginia Reel Charlie Peter 1:50
206
Double Jig Charlie Peter 1:47
207
Fox Trot Charlie Peter and Stanley Frank 1:05
208
Eight Couple, Neekee Do Charlie Peter and Stanley Frank 1:39
209
Square Dance, Second Part Charlie Peter and Stanley Frank 2:05
210
Four Hand Reel, Lady's Earring Dance, Neets'ee T'yaa Charlie Peter and Stanley Frank 1:12

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