Honor the Earth Powwow: Songs of the Great Lakes Indians

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Mickey Hart's name is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the drummer's years with the Grateful Dead. But in fact, Hart has done a lot of worthwhile things outside of the Dead, including some world music projects. Produced by Hart in 1990, Honor the Earth Powwow: Songs of the Great Lakes Indians is one of his crowning achievements. This CD, which Hart produced, documents a Native American powwow in a rural area of northern Wisconsin. For the uninitiated, a powwow is a traditional musical/spiritual ceremony by Native Americans; the powwow heard on this disc celebrates nature, God, and Native American culture. Chanting passionately, various groups of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Mickey Hart's name is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the drummer's years with the Grateful Dead. But in fact, Hart has done a lot of worthwhile things outside of the Dead, including some world music projects. Produced by Hart in 1990, Honor the Earth Powwow: Songs of the Great Lakes Indians is one of his crowning achievements. This CD, which Hart produced, documents a Native American powwow in a rural area of northern Wisconsin. For the uninitiated, a powwow is a traditional musical/spiritual ceremony by Native Americans; the powwow heard on this disc celebrates nature, God, and Native American culture. Chanting passionately, various groups of Native American performers including the Bad River Singers, the Little Otter Singers, the Winnebago Sons, and the Smokey Town Singers are accompanied only by drums. Some traditional Native American music uses wooden flutes extensively and is hauntingly melodic; the performances on Honor the Earth Powwow, however, are raw, percussive, and highly exuberant. Those who have listened to a variety of world music will see the parallels between this Native American powwow and similar ceremonies in other cultures. The use of repetitive chanting in spiritual ceremonies is not limited to Native American culture -- chanting over drums is a practice that one finds in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East as well as in South America and the Caribbean. It is a part of Hindu culture in India; it is used in the Afro-Bahian culture of Brazil and the Afro-Cuban culture of Cuba. Hart has every reason to be proud of this excellent CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431019920
  • Catalog Number: 10199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grand Entry Song - Little Otter Singers (4:15)
  2. 2 Intertribal Dance Song (4:55)
  3. 3 We're the People (9:43)
  4. 4 Sneak-Up Dance Song (2:48)
  5. 5 Winnebago Army Song (4:45)
  6. 6 Intertribal Dance Song (5:46)
  7. 7 Ojibway Air Force Song (3:06)
  8. 8 Intertribal Dance Song (5:46)
  9. 9 Intertribal Dance Song (9:04)
  10. 10 Intertribal Dance Song - Little Otter Singers (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Vennum Jr. Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion, Drums
Bad River Band Track Performer
The Smokey Town Singers Track Performer
Winnebago Sons of Baraboo, WI Track Performer
Little Otter Singers Track Performer
LCO Soldiers Drum Track Performer
Bad River Singers Track Performer
Bear Claw Singers Track Performer
Three Fires Society Drum Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Producer, Engineer
Tom Flye Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Jeff Sterling Engineer
Paul Demain Contributor
Willard Gouge Contributor
Preston Larson Contributor
Duck White Contributor
Louis White Contributor
Howard R. Cohen Contributor
Thomas Vennum Jr. Engineer, Liner Notes
Joey Awanohpay Contributor
Hottnawa Benton Contributor
Gary Besaw Contributor
Bob Blackdeer Contributor
Joe Cominghay Contributor
Patrick Desjarlait Paintings, Cover Painting
Bill Gahbow Contributor
Jard Gahbow Contributor
Pete Gahbow Contributor
Bill Gouge Contributor
Kurt Greendeer Contributor
William Hendsley Contributor
Steve Mallory Contributor
Jens McVoy Engineer
Cheyenne Pyawasit Contributor
Larry Smallwood Contributor
Dana Waupoose Contributor
Steven Waupoose Contributor
Bedahbin Webkamigad Contributor
Hottza Webster Contributor
Bill Erik Contributor
Bird Benton Contributor
Tom Benjamin Contributor
Ron White Contributor
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