Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages

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Presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. This anthology of hymns and songs from Native American communities throughout the United States demonstrates how music has helped to preserve and perpetuate Native languages. Singers from the Southeast to the Plains and from the Southwest to Alaska and Hawai’i demonstrate the dynamic interplay between language and faith, and show the importance placed on the singing of these songs in keeping alive the culture embodied in their Native languages.

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Year Released 2004
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Genre(s) American Indian; Sacred
Country(s) United States
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101 Comanche Hymn Members of Petarsey Church (Comanche) 2:14
102 Comanche Hymn Members of Petarsey Church (Comanche) 1:48
103 Kiowa Prayer Song Dorothy Whitehorse DeLaune 0:39
104 Kiowa Hymn Members of Cedar Creek Church (Kiowa) 2:33
105 Kiowa Hymn by Goomdah Members of Rainy Mountain Church (Kiowa) 2:55
106 Cheyenne Hymn Moses Starr, Creg Lee Hart (Southern Cheyenne) 2:43
107 Lord Have Mercy (from Tewa Mass) Tewa Indian Women's Choir 1:14
108 Lord I Call St. Herman’s Seminary Octet (Yup’ik) 0:56
109 Having Beheld the Resurrection St. Herman’s Seminary Octet (Yup’ik) 1:21
110 Blessed Be Thy Name St. Herman’s Seminary Octet (Yup’ik) 0:47
111 Ke Aloha O Ka Haku: Lili’uokalani’s Prayer Nalani Olds (Native Hawai’ian) 1:56
112 Ho’onani Nalani Olds and Mauliola Aspelund (Native Hawai’ian) 0:50
113 Silent Night Kykotsmovi Hopi Mennonite Church Choir 2:15
114 On the Beautiful Beyond Oneida Hymn Singers 3:09
115 In the Sweet By and By Ojibwe Hymn Singers 2:04
116 Rock of Ages Maisie Shenandoah, Liz Robert, Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) 3:12
117 Twill Be Glory By and By The Martin Sisters (Mohawk/Six Nations Reserve) 3:00
118 Ise Iesos Sewenniio (Wedding Prayer Hymn) Kathleen Thompson 2:45
119 Takwaienha (The Lord’s Prayer) Akwesasne Mohawk Singers 2:49
120 Wonderful Place Cherokee Choir 1:41
121 Orphan Child Cherokee Choir and Cherokee National Youth Choir 2:36
122 That Heavenly Home The Kingfisher Trio 2:26
123 Believing and Praying Margaret Mauldin (Creek) 2:40
124 Sinners Can You Hate the Savior? Choctaw Community Singers 2:39
125 Jesus Made the Road Betty Mae Jumper 1:15
126 At the Cross Nancy and Mark Brown (Eastern Band Cherokee) 1:32
127 Guide Me, Jehovah Walker Calhoun (Eastern Band Cherokee) 2:34
128 Heavenly Home The Long Family (Eastern Band Cherokee) 2:51
129 On the Jericho Road Saved by Grace Choir (Navajo) 3:30
130 Amazing Grace Saved by Grace Choir (Navajo) 1:32
131 Sweet Hour of Prayer TeecNosPos Gospel Melody (Navajo) 3:04
132 Jesus Loves Even Me Steve Emery (Cheyenne River Sioux) 1:46
133 Communion of the Saints Cheyenne River Mountain Singers (Sioux) 2:59
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