Native American music is known for its melodious songs. The uniqueness of this music lies in the fact that, it does not include any harmony or polyphony and practiced more as a vocal art. Mostly it comprises of choral singing barring few exceptions of solo singing.
Native American music follows a descending melodic figure with irregular rhythm. This form of music is considered as quite typical because of its lack of absolute pitch and intonation.
Drums are an integral part of Native American music. Main percussion instruments are drums and rattles whereas flutes and whistles are chief wind instruments.
Native Americans use music as means of communication with mystical powers. Here music is not used for fun but rather, for exact results like, bringing rain, success in battles and wars, curing diseases etc.
Types of music include, traditional songs, medicine songs and ceremonial songs and modern songs.
Traditional songs have existed since centuries and still they are most widely used style of songs. Modern songs show sign of other advance cultures. Famous singers include, Lila Downs, Robert Mirabal, Martin Espino, R. Carlos Nakai, Robert Tree Cody, Native American Celebration, Joanne Shenandoah,Tru Rez Crew amongst others. Other genres that are getting popular in Native American regions include Rock, blues, jazz, country and folk.
Directory of Native American Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Native American songs, new releases, free Native American mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Native American music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read their terms & conditions. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.
loc.gov/ – Library of Congress offers you a chance to listen to Indian Music. Omaha Indian Music features traditional Omaha music from the 1890s and 1980s.
littleleaf – A journey into Native American flutes and Native American flute music online
knba.org/ – Offers new and old Native American Music Cds for sale.