Healing Songs of the American Indians

Healing Songs of the American Indians

Various Artists FW04251 / FE 4251

When some American Indian medicine men and women were called upon to heal an ailing tribesmember, they would fast in order to receive a song in dream or vision instructing them in how to carry out the treatment of their patient. This is one of the many insights on American Indian healing practices reported by Dr. Frances Densmore. Over the course of 50 years, Dr. Densmore collected more than 2000 recordings of American Indian customs and traditions in song. Compiled in this CD are recordings of medicine men from a diverse representation of tribes singing and chanting those songs, delivered to them in dream by external powers and spirits, that they used to heal the sick.

Year Released 1965
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1965 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Indian
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Dakota; Menominee; Ojibwa; Tohono O'Odham; Ute-Northern; Yuma
Subject(s) American Indian

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101 The Approach of the Thunderbirds Ki miwun (Rainy) 1:49
102 Going Around the World Main gans (Little Wolf) 1:37
103 Sitting with the Turtle Ki miwun (Rainy) 1:19
104 A Buffalo Said to Me (Brave Buffalo) Tatan ka-ohi tika 1:38
105 Song of the Bear (Eagle Shield) Wanbli-waha cunka 1:34
106 Behold the Dawn (Brave Buffalo) Tatan ka-ohi tika 1:25
107 Second Song When Treating the Sick Charles Wilson 2:08
108 Third Song When Treating the Sick Charles Wilson 2:01
109 Healing Song of the Little Green Man Teddy Pageets 1:33
110 Healing Song of the Eagle Spirit Mrs. Washington 1:52
201 Sandy Loam Fields Jose Panco 1:02
202 Out of the Mountains Jose Panco 1:03
203 Song to a Little Yellow Wasp Rafael Méndez 1:53
204 Song of the Dawn Rafael Méndez 1:20
205 A Path on the Mountain Peaks James Guy 1:52
206 Song of the Juggler Cawunipinas 0:46
207 Healing Song from the Spirit Women David Amab 1:08
208 I Am Rewarding You Louis Pigeon 0:47
209 The Heavens Help You Louis Pigeon 1:00
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