Antonio Woody - Old Style, Native American Peyote Songs (CR-6479)
Steeped in the healing traditions of the Native American Church, Antonio Woody belongs to one of the most prominent singing families among the Diné people. Committed to preserving the old Native American Church songs for future generations, Antonio breathes new life to these ageless songs meant to give strength, healing and inspiration.
Since the mid-1800's an intertribal religion, the Native American Church has developed a philosophy and ritual around the use of the peyote cactus. The peyote ceremony of the Native American Church includes prayers and quiet meditative songs accompanied by a special rattle and water-drum. This collection of vintage peyote recordings brings together many historic performances of sacred songs from this enduring tradition. Sung by David Apekaun, Morris Medicine with Betty Jo Pimpey and Pamela Medicine, Chief White Eagle, Chief Spotted Back Hamilton, Johnny Buffalo, Wilbur Jack, and Ralph Turtle with Alfred Armstrong.
Performed with gourd rattle and water drum, peyote songs accompany the introspective ceremonies of the Native American Church. Noted Dine (Navajo) singers Paul Guy, Jr. and his father Paul Guy, Sr., a respected Church leader and Road Man, perform twenty-four peyote songs meant to aid the spiritual journey along the Peyote Road.
With lush multi-part vocal harmonies, soothing melodies, and the quiet energy of gourd and water drum, Kevin Yazzie (Dine) performs songs of healing and prayer in an inspirational expression of faith in the Native American Church.
Dine songwriter and singer, Louie Gonnie illuminates the harmony of the spirit in this collection of Peyote songs. Anchored by gourd drum and sustained by waves of his flowing vocals, Gonnie leads an inner voyage from dreams to actuality, from earth to sky and from the past to eternity.
Dine songmaker Louie Gonnie channels the power of prayer and tradition into songs that evoke the mystical blessings the Peyote ceremony. This is the sound of a dream... Special guest appearance by Anthony Wakeman.
The distinct sounds of Kiowa and Dine Peyote singing are performed by noted young singers Cheevers Toppah and Kevin Yazzie. Utilizing unison and harmonized singing, the beauty of these songs inspire, balance and guide the listener through the journey of life.
Like a gentle breeze blowing across the vast expanse of the Navajo Nation, the voice of Chillon Paddock flows effortlessly and soothes the mind, body and soul. Grounded in the healing traditions of the Native American Church, Chillon's songs mend the spirit and restore the balance of one's being. Featuring Louie Gonnie.
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