Heartbeat, Warble and the Electric Powwow

SKU: 9780806151687

Craig Harris
Grade Levels:
College, University
Multiple Nations
Book Type:
University of Oklahoma Press
Copyright Date:

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Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music celebrates the vibrant sounds of Indigenous music from First Nations and Inuit musicians from Canada and Native Americans from the United States from the heartbeat of intertribal drums and “warble” of Native flutes to contemporary rock, hip-hop, and electronic music. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with musicians, producers, ethnographers, and record-label owners, author and musician Craig Harris creates an audio tapestry in which powwow drums and end-blown woodwinds resound alongside operatic and symphonic strains, jazz and reggae, country music, and blues. Harris begins with an exploration of the powwow, examines the traditions of the Native American flute and its revival with artists such as two-time Grammy winners R. Carlos Nakai and Mary Youngblood. Singers and songwriters, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, and Joanne Shenandoah, provide insights into their music and their lives as Indigenous musicians. Harris also traces American Indian rock, reggae, punk, and pop over four decades, punctuating his survey with commentary from such artists as Tom Bee, founder of Native America’s first rock band, XIT. Grammy-winner Taj Mahal recalls influential guitarist Jesse Ed Davis; ex-bandmates reflect on Rock Hall of Fame inductee Redbone; Robbie Robertson, Pura Fe, and Rita Coolidge describe how their groundbreaking 1993 album, Music for the Native Americans, evolved; and DJs A Tribe Called Red discuss their melding of archival powwow recordings into powerful and engaging dance music. A welcome addition to the literature about music from Turtle Island.

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