Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Various Artists FW04523 / FE 4523

Dr. Ida Halpern (1910–1987), an Austrian-born Canadian musicologist, collected these tracks from several tribes along the British Columbia coast. Songs of the Kwakiutl are the most prevalent here, but also included are the Ucuelet, Toquaht tribes, with informants from the Nootka and Das Nak Dwak tribes as well. The liner notes provide an exhaustive yet accessible analysis of the musical techniques of the coastal tribes, and of the musicians’ lives. Other recordings by Dr. Halpern include Kwakiutl: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest, Haida: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest, and Nootka Indian Music of the Pacific North West Coast.

Year Released 1967
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1967 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Indian
Country(s) Canada
Culture Group(s) Kwakiutl; Toquaht; Ucluelet
Instrument(s) Drum; Rattle (Musical instrument); Sticks (Musical instrument)
Subject(s) American Indian

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101 Wolf Song Billy Assu 3:10
102 Wolf Song Mungo Martin 2:05
103 Grizzly Bear Song (1-3) (medley) Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 6:10
104 Grizzly Bear Song Mungo Martin 2:18
105 Raven Song Mungo Martin 3:00
106 Raven Song Billy Assu 1:41
107 Raven Song Billy Assu 1:25
201 Potlatch Song Billy Assu 1:39
202 Potlatch Song Billy Assu 0:58
203 Headdress Song Mungo Martin 4:03
204 Feast Song Mungo Martin 15:26
205 Finishing Song Mungo Martin 0:51
301 Hamatsa Song Billy Assu 2:02
302 Hamatsa Song Billy Assu and Wikwli Smeka 2:26
303 Hamatsa Song, Hikeles Stanley Hunt 4:37
304 Hamatsa Song, Mosquito Mungo Martin 1:10
305 Mourning Song Mungo Martin 5:28
306 Little Woman Doctor Song Mary Wamish and Billy Assu 1:30
307 Ghost Song, Hacha Mamai Mungo Martin 1:58
308 Ghost Song, Hama Maa Mei Mungo Martin 1:47
401 Love Song Mungo Martin and Mrs. Martin 4:09
402 War Song for Marriage Billy Assu 1:49
403 Paying for Daughter Song Billy Assu 2:02
404 Cradle Song, Ya Sella Mungo Martin 4:15
405 Baby Song Dan Cranmer 2:19
406 Cedar Bark Dance Song Mungo Martin 4:30
407 Gambling Song Mungo Martin 2:47
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