Native North America, Vol.1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985

Native North America, Vol.1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985

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The 34 tracks on Native North America, Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 were curated and painstakingly annotated by Kevin "Sipreano" Howe. He assembled this set from independent, often privately pressed, 45s and LPs culled from garage sales, flea markets, private collections, and broadcast sources from the CBC archives. Its focus is solely on music

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The 34 tracks on Native North America, Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 were curated and painstakingly annotated by Kevin "Sipreano" Howe. He assembled this set from independent, often privately pressed, 45s and LPs culled from garage sales, flea markets, private collections, and broadcast sources from the CBC archives. Its focus is solely on music from the Canadian side of the North American border, while its purpose is to document the sonic wellspring that emerged as aboriginal peoples used media and cultural surfaces in Canada and across the continent to express individual and collective identities. Packaged in a hardback, cloth-bound book full of artist biographies and interviews, this is a document that turns Eurocentric culture back on itself, using it to serve different ends. Many of these artists employ popular musical forms and readily reflect the influences of Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, CCR, Phil Ochs, Buffalo Springfield, Hank Williams, and Hank Snow, but they stand apart in doing so. The music's central themes are almost uniquely Native American in the manner of reportage, history, and storytelling. Topically, they can range from community-based reflections to nature and socio-political commentary as well as less weighty insights. Taken as a whole they leave a record of everyday life from the perspective of a historical, often ancient identity. There is a poignance in virtually every song (even the deliberately humorous ones), because they are rooted in cultures that have been marginalized to the edge of extinction by Anglo colonization and the long reach of capitalism. Sometimes they are offered in the code of tribal languages. There are many highlights, but more importantly, there is virtually no filler. Willie Dunn (who passed in 2013 while this was being assembled and bookends the collection) has three tracks here, as do songwriters Willie Thrasher and Willy Mitchell -- they all come from various roots and branches in the folk-rock tree of aboriginal consciousness and activism. Their collected nine songs would have made a fantastic comp by themselves. But there is real stylistic diversity here. There's the grooving pop in the Sikumiut Band's self-titled song, the haunted country-rock of Ernest Monias' "Tormented Soul," the Canadian folk-country frames of Alexis Utatnaq's "Maqaivvigivalauqtavut" (sung in Inuktitut) and Morley Loon's traditional Cree chant set in psychedelic effects on "N'Doheeno." Disc two includes the surf instrumental "Modern Rock" by the Saddle Lake Drifting Cowboys; the Chieftones' multi-harmony vocal group pop "I Shouldn't Have Did What I Done," and William Tagoona's baroque country rock "Anaanaga." The last ten minutes include two chants: Groupe Folklorique Montagnais's Inuit "Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak" and Dunn's "Peruvian Dream 2" with Jerry Saddleback, which deliberately attempts a rockist pow wow. This is killer music from another present era, a reality that has co-existed with the "official "one that ignores it. Due to Howe's exhaustive efforts, that story -- an essential part of the continent's cultural narrative -- begins to emerge. It's not only fantastic, it's necessary.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2014
Label:
Light In The Attic
UPC:
0826853010320
catalogNumber:
103
Rank:
13947

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Pity the Country
  2. I'll Rock You To the Rhythm of the Ocean
  3. Fall Away
  4. Sikumiut
  5. Spirit Child
  6. Call of the Moose
  7. James Bay
  8. Maqaivvigivalauqtavut
  9. Dreams Of Ways
  10. N'Doheeno
  11. Little Feather
  12. Tormented Soul
  13. Out of the Blue
  14. Sky-Man and the Moon
  15. Son of the Sun
  16. Silver River
  17. Kill'n Your Mind

Disc 2

  1. Mistashipu
  2. Old Man Carver
  3. Winds of Change
  4. I Shouldn't Have Did What I Done
  5. I Didn't Know
  6. I Got My Music
  7. Siwash Rock
  8. Birchbark Letter
  9. Anaanaga
  10. Messenger
  11. Modern Rock
  12. We Got To Take You Higher
  13. Utirumavunga
  14. Ajuinnarasuarsunga
  15. Hey, Hey, Hey, Brother
  16. Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak
  17. Peruvian Dream, Pt. 2

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Leland Bell   Composer
Willie Dunn   Composer
William Tagoona   Composer
Matt Sullivan   Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Peter Frank   Composer
David Campbell   Composer
Kevin "Sipreano" Howes   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
D. Campbell   Composer
Willy Mitchell   Logo
Ernest Monias   Composer
Eric Landry   Composer
Lawrence Martin   Composer
Philippe McKenzie   Composer
Gordon Dick   Composer
Duke Redbird   Composer,Poetry
Brian Davey   Composer
Alexis Utatnaq   Composer
T. Papigatuk   Composer
G. Kakayuk   Composer
A. Canadien   Composer
C.N. Adams   Composer
Chris Gergley   Art Direction
Willie Thrasher   Composer
William Togoona   Composer
P.W. Mitchell   Composer
Morley Loon   Composer
Lloyd Cheechoo   Composer
John Angaiak   Composer
M. Kadjulik   Composer

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