3 perhaps the most famous native american musician is

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Unformatted text preview: tive American musicians creating traditional music and those who create music in a variety of contemporary genres. The awards include, for example, categories in Rap/Hip- Hop, Blues/Jazz, Pop/Rock, New Age, and This song was originally written by Jimi Hendrix, who is known generally as African American, but is also of Cherokee Indian descent. Indeed, it was his grandmother – a full- blooded Cherokee – who was his primary caretaker for many years. I chose this song as an example of the diversity of contemporary Native American, and this track is included in Marc Brown’s album, “Indian Rock and Roll.” Red House performed by Marc Brown and the Blues Crew 26 Crossroads: Music of American Cultures (Barkley) Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013 KEY NATIVE AMERICAN MUSICIANS Click here for the Listening Examples for Key Musicians or copy the following URL into a new browser window: http://www.rhapsody.com/members/0yr6v2/playlists/mp.171323741 Homage to the Ancient Ones by R. Carlos Nakai My Country Tis of Thy People You’re Dying by Buffy Sainte Marie Plight of the Redman by Tom Bee with Original XIT Closer to Far Away by Douglas Spotted Eagle “Stomp Dance (Unity)” by Robbie Robertson Native Americans have traditionally emphasized the powerful connection between music and the spiritual world, thus music was judged not by its musical characteristics, but by how effective it was in contributing to the larger context, such as restoring personal health or sustaining the fertility of crops. Similarly, musicians and composers were not valued for their musical proficiency, technical competence, or creativity, but for their expertise in spiritual matters. It was not until the influence of European music traditions following invasion and conquest, especially following the pan- Indian movement, that Native American musicians have become celebrated as ‘musicians.’ The following five were chosen because they have made important contributions to both traditional and contemporary Native American music. You are encouraged to explore the Rhapsody Digital Listening Library to explore other examples of Native American music. R. Carlos Nakai Nakai was born in Flagstaff, Arizona of Navajo- Ute heritage. Although originally trained in Western European classical music, he became interested in his own native American music traditions after an auto accident injury that had damaged his mouth in such a way as to prevent him from being able to continue to play classical music. Given traditional Native American cedar flute and challenged to try to master it, he went on to specialize in Native American and Native American influenced music and is now considered the premier performer of the Native American flute. He has released over 35 albums and has made more than 30 recordings for the Library of Congress as part of their efforts to preserve American folk music. Listening Example: Homage to the Ancient Ones Buffy Sainte Marie Buffy Sainte- Marie is a Cree Indian, born on the Piapot Cree reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1941. Orphaned, she was adopted by a family in Massachusetts and grew up there, attending the University of Massachusetts and eventually earning a PhD in philosophy. She rose to prominence as a musician within the urban folk revival of the 1960s. In addition to singing traditional European- based folk songs, she wrote her own songs, 27 Crossroads: Music of American Cultures (Barkley) Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013 many focusing on Native American issues. In several interviews starting in the 1980s, she has said that day she was blacklisted by the federal government for her role in supporting civil rights for Native Americans and her association...
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