Native American Traditions CD (1992)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Smithsonian Folkways
SKU 60027857
UPC 093074040829
UPC 14 00093074040829
Format CD
Release Date 9/4/1992
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer Peggy McAfee; John Tyler
Producer Howard Bass
CatalogID 40408
Lable Name Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released 07/21/1992
Original Release 1992
Number of Discs 1
Length 66m : 30s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093074040829
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: A. Paul Ortega (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Geraldine Barney (vocals, guitar, flute); Sharon Burch (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Fernando Cellicion (vocals, flute); John Dennison, Samuel Harrison (vocals, background vocals); Eddie Martinez, Bernard Duran, Cipriano Garcia, Ernesto F. Martinez, Peter Garcia, Jimmie Castillo, Juan O. Lujan, Florentine Johnson, Alton Nastacio, Carl Tsosie, Jerry Garcia, Ruben Romero, Turtle Mountain Singers (vocals); John Rainer, Jr. (flute).
Audio Mixer: Guy Randall.
Recording information: Mesita, Laguna Espanol (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); Mesita, Laguna Pueblo (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); National Museum Of American History (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); Provo, UT (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); Santa Fe, NM (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); Sante Fe (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); Smithsonian's National Museum Of American History (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); Taos Pueblo (02/??/1990-01/28/1992); Zuni Pueblo (02/??/1990-01/28/1992).
Photographers: Rick Vargas; Hugh Talman; Howard Bass.
Unknown Contributor Role: John Rainer, Jr.
This is a 67-minute compilation of Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache music from New Mexico, recorded in the early '90s. Ceremonial two-step and round dance songs are represented, as well as some flute pieces and a few numbers featuring only singing and guitar that come close to singer/songwriter territory. The ceremonial pieces, used as the name implies for serious ceremonies rather than entertainment, emphasize chanting and rattling percussion, and are not likely to interest most listeners looking for casual entertainment. The songs by Sharon Burch and Geraldine Barney, on the other hand, are rather in the straight folk vein, though Burch sings in Navajo and uses the techniques that are found in much Navajo music. ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (Apr/May 93, p.73) - "...presents the traditional and contemporary music of the Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache people..."
Option (Nov.-Dec./92, p.135) - "...enough different chants appear on this CD, and the renditions are artful enough, that this may be one of the best presentations of native chanting on record..."
Disc 1
1 Zuni Pueblo Rainbow Dance Song
2 Picuris Pueblo Captive Dance Song
3 Picuris Pueblo Two-Step Dance Song
4 San Juan Pueblo Cloud Dance Song
5 Navajo Two-Step Dance Song
6 Navajo Two-Step Dance Song
7 Taos Pueblo Round Dance Song
8 Taos Pueblo Round Dance Song
9 New Navajo Two-Step Dance Song: Enjoy Our Lives Together Forever
10 New Navajo Skip Dance Song: It's Your Fault That You're Looking For Your Horses All Night
11 Zuni Courting Flute Song
12 Handshake, The
13 Moccasin Game Song
14 Traveling Song, The
15 Tsidii-Bird
16 Welcome Home
17 Taos Pueblo Courting Song
18 Taos Pueblo Round Dance Song
19 Glitter Nights
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