An Historical Album of Blackfoot Indian Music

An Historical Album of Blackfoot Indian Music

Various Artists FW34001 / FE 34001

The Blackfoot, purportedly known as such because of their dark-colored moccasins, originally ranged across the northern Great Plains region (Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan). These recordings, made in different settings from the late 1890s to the mid-1960s, capture a period when Blackfoot lifestyle, culture, and music underwent major change. They also represent evolving fieldwork recording methods during those seven decades, as phonocylinders and phonowire gave way to tape recording.

Year Released 1979
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1979 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Indian
Country(s) Canada; United States
Culture Group(s) Blackfoot; Piegan; Siksika
Instrument(s) Vocals
Subject(s) American Indian

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101 Beaver Medicine Song: Marmot Song / Antelope Song / Black Deer Song (medley) James White Calf 3:16
102 Four Short Medicine Pipe Songs n/a 1:56
103 Medicine Pipe Song Spumiapi 2:30
104 Sun Dance Song (1-3) Spumiapi 1:53
105 Scalp Song Chief Bull 2:05
106 Warrior's Song Theodore Last Star 1:02
107 Wolf song Reuben Black Boy 1:34
108 Crazy Dog Society Song Spumiapi 1:44
109 Lullaby Calvin Boy 1:51
110 Lullaby (Baby Song) Tom Many-Guns 0:27
111 Night Love Song Chief Bull 2:01
112 Gambling Song Calvin Boy 0:40
201 Gambling Song (1-3) n/a 5:57
202 War or Grass Dance Song Calvin Boy 1:14
203 Fast War or Grass Dance Song Calvin Boy 1:32
204 Fast War or Grass Dance Song Calvin Boy 1:12
205 War or Grass Dance songs (excerpts) n/a 11:58
206 Owl Dance Song Calvin and Mary Boy 1:13
207 Owl Dance Song (1-2) Tom Many-Guns 1:42
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