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Music of the Sioux and the Navajo

Various Artists
Music of the Sioux and the Navajo

This 1949 album was recorded by American ethnomusicologist Willard Rhodes (190—1992) with the cooperation of The United States Office of Indian Affairs. The selection from the Sioux community of the Dakotas include a Rabbit Dance and other love songs, a Sun Dance, and an Honoring (or public recognition) Song. The Navajo tribes of the Southwest are highlighted through songs such as a Riding Song, a children’s Song of Happiness, a female Spinning Dance, and the distinctive Night Chant, sung in male falsetto. Rhodes provided an introductory essay and track notes.

Track Listing

101
Rabbit Dance Benjamin Sitting Up, Lucy Randall, Paul High Horse, Oliver Standing Bear and Jonas Quiver 3:15
102
Peyote Cult Song Male Sioux singer with gourd rattle, water-drum player 2:22
103
Love Song Male Sioux singer 0:57
104
Sun Dance Male Sioux chorus, eagle-bone whistle player, drummers 1:34
105
Omaha Dance Male Sioux chorus, drummers, dancers with bells 1:33
106
Love Song John Coloff 0:56
107
Honoring Song not listed 2:01
201
Riding Song Mixed Navajo chorus 1:49
202
Song of Happiness Fort Wingate Indian School 1:12
203
Spinning Dance Julia Deal 0:45
204
Spinning Dance Julia Deal 0:58
205
Corn Grinding Song Female Navajo singer, basket-drum player 1:01
206
Squaw Dance Male Navajo chorus, drummers 1:41
207
Silversmith's Song Ambrose Roan Horse 1:10
208
Night Chant Male Navajo chorus with gourd rattles 2:59

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