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    Traditional Treasures

    Traditional Treasures

    Traditional expressions of Native American culture continue into the modern world, sometimes with a contemporary color. These recordings provide a musical glimpse into tribal traditions.

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    Sharon Burch - Touch the Sweet Earth (CR-535)

    Sharon Burch - Touch the Sweet Earth (CR-535)

    Sharon Burch's music for voice and guitar is the contemporary expression of traditional Navajo ways and living. Most of Sharon's songs are in the beautiful Navajo language and capture the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sun and the importance of family and place to the Dine. Listening to Sharon's music is to "walk in beauty". CD Review rated this album "9/9." Winner of the 1996 NAIRD Indie Awards for best Native North American album.

    Sharon Burch - Colors of My Heart (CR-536)

    Sharon Burch - Colors of My Heart (CR-536)

    The music of Sharon Burch captures the beauty of traditional Navajo ways and shares an intimate glimpse into the relationship of mother and child in the traditions of the Dine. Inspired by songs sung by her mother and grandfather, Colors of My Heart celebrates family, Mother Earth, and a connection to all living things. This long awaited follow-up to the INDIE award winning, Touch the Sweet Earth has both English and Navajo lyrics.

    Philip & Patsy Cassadore - Apache (CR-6053)

    Philip & Patsy Cassadore - Apache (CR-6053)

    Recorded between 1966 and 1986, this collection brings together the traditional music of the San Carlos and White Mountain Apache tribes. Containing both ceremonial and social songs, this recording feature performances by renowned San Carlos singers Philip and Patsy Cassadore and provide a rare glimpse into the the rich imagery of traditional Western Apache culture.

    Various Artists - Zuni (CR-6060)

    Various Artists - Zuni (CR-6060)

    The Zuni people are a Pueblo tribe that settled in the desert of the American southwest more than 2000 years ago. The beautiful songs and ornate dances that accompany their ceremonies celebrate the planting and harvesting of crops and offer prayers for rain and a successful hunt. These historic recordings give a glimpse into the life and traditions of an ancient people.

    Price:

    $14.98

    Various Artists - Traditional Navajo Songs (CR-6064)

    Various Artists - Traditional Navajo Songs (CR-6064)

    These traditional Navajo songs were recorded from 1952 to 1963 by noted singers Ed Lee Natay, Reg Begay, Roger McCabe, Tseiya Chee, Joe Lee of Lukachuchai and the Mesa Verde National Park Team. This collection brings together social songs including love songs, squaw dance songs and ceremonial songs from the Yei-Be-Chai ritual.

    Various Artists - Pueblo Songs From San Juan (CR-6065)

    Various Artists - Pueblo Songs From San Juan (CR-6065)

    Recorded in 1969, this collection of songs from the San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico provides a musical window to one of the oldest cultures in North America. These hunting, fertility, honoring and social songs have been passed from generation to generation and their time-honored beauty is captured in this recording.

    Various Artists - Hopi Butterfly (CR-6072)

    Various Artists - Hopi Butterfly (CR-6072)

    The Butterfly Dance, a traditional social dance of the Hopi, is held in August after the gathering of the harvest and presentation of the Snake Dance. It is a thanksgiving dance for the harvest, chiefly for the corn crop and features dancing by young Hopi maidens wearing elaborate headdresses. This rare and unique recording is the first commercially released recording of an actual Butterfly Dance in progress. Recorded in Hotevilla Village in 1967 by Ben Setima, it captures the beauty of a culture that is rarely glimpsed by outsiders.

    William Horncloud - Rabbit Dance Songs of the Lakota (CR-6081)

    William Horncloud - Rabbit Dance Songs of the Lakota (CR-6081)

    William Horncloud of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, is a well-known and respected traditional Sioux singer. He knows many of the old songs, and is sought after to perform and teach. He has traveled throughout the Northern Plains states to inter-tribal celebrations, and is well-known to audiences at the Flagstaff Pow-Wow and Sheridan All Indian Days. In 1970 he spent a number of weeks at Wesleyan University in Connecticut teaching Indian music.

    Various Artists - Traditional Songs of the Tohono O'Odham (CR-6084)

    Various Artists - Traditional Songs of the Tohono O'Odham (CR-6084)

    This recording captures the traditional social and ceremonial music of the Tohono O'odham people (formerly called "Papago"). The sound of human voice is accompanied by gourd rattle and basket drum in these unique and disappearing songs from the peoples of the southern Arizona desert.

    Various Artists - Hopi Social Dance Songs (CR-6107)

    Various Artists - Hopi Social Dance Songs (CR-6107)

    For millennia, the Hopi people have graced the great deserts of the southwestern United States and have preserved an enduring culture centered around their agricultural way of life. Although primarily sung to accompany social dances from January to mid-May, these songs also include prayers asking for good crops, rain, health, and other blessings.

    Price:

    $14.98

    Various Artists - Yaqui Ritual & Festive Music (CR-6140)

    Various Artists - Yaqui Ritual & Festive Music (CR-6140)

    Through centuries of persecution, the Yaquis of northwestern Mexico and southern Arizona have strived to preserve their homelands and culture. Much of Yaqui culture centers around the colorful songs and dances of their religious fiestas. Performed on both indigenous and Spanish instruments along with voice, this recording of the many unique Yaqui musical traditions provides a glimpse into the rich pageantry of the Yaqui way of life.

    Kiowa - Traditional Kiowa Songs (CR-6145)

    Kiowa - Traditional Kiowa Songs (CR-6145)

    The Kiowa people have always been regarded as one of the great tribes of the plains. This collection provides a good sampling of Kiowa songs and includes gourd dance, horse stealing, war dance, ruffle dance and "49" songs.

    Various Artists - Songs of the Caddo (CR-6146)

    Various Artists - Songs of the Caddo (CR-6146)

    Long out of print this comprehensive collection of traditional Caddo music features rare ceremonial and social songs that blend the musical styles of Southeastern and southern Plains tribes. A people rich in spirit, the Caddo have maintained their heritage through the preservation of these songs and dances. The compact disc contains both Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 which were originally available on separate LP records. Cassette contains Vol. 1 only.

    Price:

    $14.98

    William Horncloud - Traditional Lakota Songs (CR-6150)

    William Horncloud - Traditional Lakota Songs (CR-6150)

    This collection of seventeen traditional Lakota songs is by one of the great native singers of all time, William Horncloud, and includes honor songs, war songs, old Omaha dance songs, love songs and rabbit songs. Born in 1905, Horncloud learned songs reaching back into the 1800's and was instrumental for keeping Lakota culture alive.

    Ed Lee Natay - Natay - Navajo Singer (CR-6160)

    Ed Lee Natay - Natay - Navajo Singer (CR-6160)

    In 1951 Navajo singer Ed Lee Natay was Canyon Records' first artist. His beautiful voice lives on in this collection of Navajo, Hopi, Kiowa, Tewa, Zuni and Pueblo songs. The CD contains a second Natay album, Memories of Navajoland [CR-6057] as a bonus.

    Chief Jimmy Bruneau School Drummers - Drum Dance Music of the Dogrib (CR-6260)

    Chief Jimmy Bruneau School Drummers - Drum Dance Music of the Dogrib (CR-6260)

    This recording showcases the music of the Dogrib Nation of Northwest Territories, Canada, a part of the northern Athabascan peoples who call themselves Dene. Utilizing voice accompanied by hand drum, these lively songs are meant to be performed during various social dances. During their first visit to the Southwestern United States, the Chief Jimmy Bruneau School Young Drummers consented to make this landmark recording and share their very special music.

    Keith Mahone - Bird Songs of the Hualapai (CR-6280)

    Keith Mahone - Bird Songs of the Hualapai (CR-6280)

    Singer Keith Mahone sings a variety of traditional Hualapai songs including bird dance songs, salt songs, circle and ghost dance songs. Originally learned from the Mohave people in the early 1900's, bird songs havebecome an important part of Hualapai culture. As Keith describes them, "They are sung to the creations of the rocks, the plants, the water, the hills and mountains.

    Jay Begaye - The Beauty Way (CR-6282)

    Jay Begaye - The Beauty Way (CR-6282)

    "The Beauty Way" is a stirring collection of prayer, honor and social songs composed and sung by one of the great native voices of our day, Jay Begaye (Dine), who is known throughout North America for his singing and songmaking talents. Expressing his Navajo philosophy and ideals by utilizing the Canadian style of singing, Jay joins elements of two native cultures, creating a serene sound that is a hybrid of modern and traditional styles.

    Judy Trejo - Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute & Shoshone (CR-6283)

    Judy Trejo - Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute & Shoshone (CR-6283)

    This recording is a collection of circle dance, flag and pinenut blessing songs in the Paiute and Shoshone languages. These social songs are performed by one of the last traditional singers of the Paiute people, Judy Trejo, and two of her daughters, Delgadina Gonzales & Christina Esquivel. This collection provides an excellent picture of Paiute culture, philosophy and sense of humor. The liner notes include song descriptions and translations.

    Judy Trejo - Stick Game Songs of the Paiute (CR-6284)

    Judy Trejo - Stick Game Songs of the Paiute (CR-6284)

    The stick game (also called hand game) is an ancient gambling game popular with the Native American of the western United States and Canada. Players try to guess in which hand their opponent is hiding a marked bone or stick and this guessing is accompanied by the singing of special songs to bring the singer luck and to foil the opponent's fortune. An honored traditional singer of the the Paiute people, Judy Trejo sings eighteen of her favorite (and luckiest) stick games songs from Owens Valley.