Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Released to roughly coincide with the 2004 opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, this assembles performances of 33 Christian hymns and songs by tribes of various regions, from Native Hawaiian and Hopi to Mohawk, Cherokee, Comanche, Navajo, Sioux, and others. These selections include both translations of traditional Christian songs into Native American languages and original compositions of Christian songs, also in Native American languages. As a social document, this is extremely important, helping to preserve and promote adaptations of religious music for indigenous cultures. Musically it's very diverse, the styles including a cappella...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Released to roughly coincide with the 2004 opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, this assembles performances of 33 Christian hymns and songs by tribes of various regions, from Native Hawaiian and Hopi to Mohawk, Cherokee, Comanche, Navajo, Sioux, and others. These selections include both translations of traditional Christian songs into Native American languages and original compositions of Christian songs, also in Native American languages. As a social document, this is extremely important, helping to preserve and promote adaptations of religious music for indigenous cultures. Musically it's very diverse, the styles including a cappella solo singing, unison vocalizing, and harmonizing, sometimes unaccompanied, sometimes backed by basic instrumentation most often guitar and keyboard, sung by men, women, choirs, and children sometimes together. While the performances are almost always passionate and sometimes stirring, the breadth of approaches covered guarantees that it will be an uneven listening experience, with few listeners possessing a broad enough taste to enjoy everything. At times its primary value is folkloric rather than purely musical, as with the Kykotsmovi Mennonite Church Choir's rendition of "Silent Night" and some of the starker a cappella items. Others, though, project an undeniable beauty and committed spiritualism, whether it's the ghostly Tewa Women's Choir's "Lord Have Mercy" backed by nothing but far-off piano and percussive rattle, the vibrato of Nalani Olds and Mauliola Aspelund, the rustic Walker Calhoun backed by banjo, or the Kingfisher Trio's "That Heavenly Home," which might remind some listeners of the casual gospel-folk of artists like Joseph Spence. All of the tracks are quite short, none lasting for more than three and a half minutes and some for less than a minute, ensuring constant stylistic shifts that keep restlessness at bay.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074048023
  • Catalog Number: 40480
  • Sales rank: 218,014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Comanche Hymn - Members of Petarsey Church (2:15)
  2. 2 Comanche Hymn - Members of Petarsey Church (1:50)
  3. 3 Kiowa Prayer Song - Dorothy Whitehorse Delaune (0:41)
  4. 4 Kiowa Hymn - Members of Cedar Creek Church (2:34)
  5. 5 Hymn Composed by Goomdah - Members of Rainy Mountain Church (2:56)
  6. 6 Cheyenne Hymn - Creg Lee Hart (2:45)
  7. 7 Lord Have Mercy - Tewa Women's Choir of San Juan Pueblo (1:16)
  8. 8 Lord I Call - St. Herman's Seminary Octet (0:57)
  9. 9 Having Beheld the Resurrection - St. Herman's Seminary Octet (1:23)
  10. 10 Blessed Be Thy Name - St. Herman's Seminary Octet (0:50)
  11. 11 Ke Aloha O Ka Haku - Nalani Olds (1:59)
  12. 12 Ho'onani - Mauliola Aspelund (0:52)
  13. 13 Silent Night - Kykotsmovi Mennonite Church Choir (2:17)
  14. 14 On the Beautiful Beyond - Oneida Hymn Singers (3:11)
  15. 15 In the Sweet By and By - Ojibwe Hymn Signers (2:06)
  16. 16 Rock of Ages - Liz Robert (3:15)
  17. 17 'Twill Be Glory By and By - The Martin Sisters (3:02)
  18. 18 Ise Iesos Sewenniio (Wedding Prayer Hymn) (2:47)
  19. 19 Takwaienha (The Lord's Prayer) - Akwesasne Mohawk Singers (2:51)
  20. 20 Wonderful Place - Cherokee Choir (1:43)
  21. 21 Orphan Child - Cherokee Choir (2:38)
  22. 22 That Heavenly Home - Kingfisher Trio (2:27)
  23. 23 Believing and Praying - Margaret Mauldin (2:42)
  24. 24 Sinners Can You Hate the Savior? - Choctaw Community Singers (2:41)
  25. 25 Jesus Make the Road (1:16)
  26. 26 At the Cross - Nancy & Mark Brown (1:34)
  27. 27 Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah - Walker Calhoun (2:36)
  28. 28 Heavenly Home - Long Family (2:53)
  29. 29 On the Jericho Road - Saved by Grace Choir (3:32)
  30. 30 Amazing Grace - Saved by Grace Choir (1:34)
  31. 31 Sweet Hour of Prayer - TeecNosPos Gospel Melody (3:07)
  32. 32 Jesus Loves Even Me (1:48)
  33. 33 Communion of the Saints - Cheyenne River Mission Singers (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Emery Choir, Chorus
James Allen Vocals
Shelly Johnson Vocals
Alex Lewis Vocals
Julian Martinez Vocals
Betty Kingfisher Vocals
Jack Kingfisher Guitar, Vocals
Wesley Kingfisher Vocals
Edward J. Tahhawah Jr. Vocals
Suzy Wills Vocals
Carter Cornelius Vocals
Linda Hill Vocals
Margaret Allen Vocals
Dorothy Williams Vocals
Nancy Brown Vocal Harmony
Andrien Watkins Vocals
Beverly Thompson Vocals
Lori Miller Vocals
Karen Willis Vocals
Harvey Williams Vocals
Dori Grayson Vocals
Sandy Frazier Vocals
Karen Williams Vocals
Rose Johnson Vocals
Milt Noel Vocals
Clarence "Blind Lemon" Jefferson Vocals
Lucille Aitson Vocals
Maxine Aitson Vocals
Rev. Thomas A. Andrew Vocals
Theresa Andrew Vocals
Predad C. Antoine Vocals
Dorothy Mae Armenta Vocals
Mildred Ashalintubbi Vocals
Agnes Ashepak Vocals
Holly Backwater Vocals
Lorene Ballard Vocals
Austin Battiest Vocals
Barbara Battiest Vocals
Patricia Benedict Vocals
Lula M. Bidtah Vocals
Doris Bilagody Vocals
Carolyn Bohanan Vocals
Juanita Boyd Vocals
Marcus M. Boyd Vocals
Margie Broberg Vocals
Mark Brown Guitar
Caroline Buffalomeat Vocals
Gertrude T. Calvert Vocals
Lena Cata Vocals
Rosalind Cata Vocals
Christina Catron Vocals
Annie Chalepah Vocals
Lyman Choate Vocals
Rita Cockrum Vocals
Mae Cole Vocals
Arlene Collins Vocals
Rebecca Cook Vocals
Ben Corneilous Vocals
Everett Corneilous Vocals
Frank Corneilous Vocals
Terry A. Corneilous Vocals
Pawnee Crabtree Vocals
Heather Crittenden Vocals
Josie Cornelius Daebler Vocals
Anna Dale Vocals
Betty Dennison Vocals
Arlie Doxtator Vocals
Melinda Doxtator Vocals
Prudy Doxtator Vocals
Louise Dreadfulwater Vocals
Gloria Dudley Vocals
Ellen Emery Vocals
Hopan Emery Choir, Chorus
Steve Emery Jr. Choir, Chorus
Russell Feeling Vocals
Shirley Feeling Vocals
Sinaklin Forbit Leader, Vocals
Elizabeth Francis Vocals
Reannon Frazier Vocals
Patricia M. Gaines Vocals
Melvin L. Gaines Vocals
Felicita M. Garcia Vocals
Mary M. Garcia Vocals
Dyrene "Jitter" Garfield Vocals
Amanda Give Vocals, Soloist
Martha Grow Vocals
Paige Haines Vocals, Soloist
Judith Hampton Vocals
Christina Hanvey Vocals
Delores Harragarra Vocals
John Haumpy Leader, Vocals
Marlene Haumpy Vocals
Michelle Hill Vocals
Eva M. Hogue Vocals
Genevieve Holt Vocals
Carrie Horse Vocals
Donald Horse Vocals
Sandy Houston Vocals
Oxenia Isaac Vocals
Nicholai Isaac Vocals
Louise Ishcomer Vocals
Twilla Jarvis Vocals
Leo B. Jefferson Vocals
Vanessa John Vocals
Elidia Johnson Vocals
Lorene Kerchee Vocals
Leslie Ketcher Vocals
Roserita Kidd Vocals
Devon Kirby Vocals
Bernice Lazore Vocals
Amelia Lewis Piano, Vocals
Bessie Long Vocals
Gail Long Vocals
Garfield Long Sr. Vocals
Theresa Long Vocals
Libby Marcus Drums, Vocals
Sherry Martin Vocals
Querina B. Martinez Keyboards, Vocals
D.J. McCarter Vocals
Frances McCarter Vocals
Esther McKinney Vocals
Janis McKinney Vocals
John McKinney Vocals
Karl McKinney Vocals
Betty McLester Vocals
Gordon McLester Vocals
Sylvia Medina Vocals
Yvonne Monetathchi Vocals
Sukie Wilnetta Monoessy Vocals
Marian Montoya Vocals
Diana Mouse Vocals
Ida Mae Murdock Vocals
Thelma Myron Vocals
Elena Nicolai Vocals
Rev. Martin Nicolai Vocals
Haley Noe Vocals
Holly Noe Vocals
Patricia Owen Vocals
Bonita Paddyeker Vocals
Mary Ann Padilla Vocals
Cheryl Pewewardy Vocals
Harold Pewewardy Vocals
Lynna Pewewardy Vocals
Nico Pewewardy Vocals
Tracy Pickup Vocals
Vincent Pocowatchit Vocals
Mary Polacca Vocals
Lois Powless Vocals
Ashley Proctor Vocals
Pearl Reid Vocals
Martin "Mush" Robinson Vocals
Carole LaFrance Ross Vocals
Megan Ross Vocals
Peggy Faith Sanders Vocals
Ramoncita C. Sandoval Vocals
Sandra Sault Vocals
Kinsey Shade Vocals
Kayla Sharp Vocals
Ryan Sierra Vocals
Delores Skenandore Vocals
Yvonne Skenandore Vocals
Selena Smoke Vocals
Alice Sorrelhorse Vocals
Amos Steele Vocals
Eveline Steele Vocals
Wilda Storey Vocals
Edward Jerome Tahhahwah Sr. Vocals
Kateri "Kathleen" Thompson Vocals
Sallie Kerchee Tonips Vocals
Fred Tsoodle Leader, Vocals
Peggy Tsoodle Vocals
Stella T. Vigil Vocals
Ruby Wade Vocals
Mark Wauahdooah Vocals
Susan Wenster Lemens Vocals
Minerva White Vocals
Cleland Willis Vocals
Derek Willis Vocals
Dorothy Willis Vocals
Arlene "Ardei" Yazzie Vocals
Harding Yazzie Jr. Vocals
Rosie Yazzie Vocals
Lottie Yoyokie Vocals
Marvin Yoyokie Vocals
Zelda Yoyokie Vocals
Technical Credits
Joanne Shenandoah Producer
Steve Bell Design Supervisor
Billy Brady Engineer
Steve Emery Engineer
Mike Fisher Engineer
Dave Goodermuth Engineer
Jim Robeson Engineer
John Tyler Engineer
Tom Wasinger Producer, Engineer
Howard Bass Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Michael Kline Engineer
W. Richard West Jr. Liner Notes
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Joseph Philbrick Webster Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Edward Wapp Wahpeconiah Liner Notes
Robert "Jake" Jacobs Engineer
Nancy Bratton Cover Design
Gerald L. Hill Liner Notes
Harriet Lafrance translation
Jack Loeffler Engineer
D.J. McCarter Director
Terence Winch Executive Producer
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