Nootka Indian Music of the Pacific North West Coast

Nootka Indian Music of the Pacific North West Coast

Various Artists FW04524 / FE 4524

The Nootka people, now referred to as Nuu-chah-nulth, live along the coast of British Columbia, Canada, on and around Vancouver Island. Their music shows a clear history of polyphonic tradition, which the liner notes claim to be the earliest instance in the region. Song leaders begin some vocal songs unaccompanied, but then are joined by followers and drum beats. On many tracks, the musicians offer introductions; the inclusion of the spoken word is significant because it gives both a more complete picture of the singer and a glimpse into the cultural significance and meaning of the songs. The fieldwork experience gathering songs in this region was very challenging due to the fact that each individual song was traditionally personally owned, and permission from the owner was needed in order to sing it. Dr. Ida Halpern (1910–1987), an Austrian-born Canadian musicologist who studied not only the Nootka but also several other coastal tribes of British Columbia, collected these tracks. Other recordings by Dr. Halpern include Kwakiutl: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest, Haida: Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest, and Indian Music of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Year Released 1974
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1974 Folkways Records

Genre(s) American Indian
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Nootka
Subject(s) American Indian
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101 Canoe Paddle Song Peter Webster 1:50
102 Entrance Song #1, or Quiquatla Dance Peter Webster 2:00
103 Entrance Song #2, or Calling Song - Quiquatla Dance Peter Webster 9:07
104 Medicine Man Song Peter Webster 3:57
105 Whale Song Peter Webster 5:05
106 Farewell Song Peter Webster 3:24
201 Echo Song - Paddle Song George Clutesi 2:41
202 Welcome Song George Clutesi 3:31
203 Warrior Song George Clutesi 2:20
204 Victory Song George Clutesi 3:00
205 Farewell Song George Clutesi 1:50
206 Wolf Song Mungo Martin 4:04
207 Sisiutl Song Mungo Martin 2:20
208 Robin Song Mungo Martin 2:29
301 Grizzly Bear Song Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 2:07
302 Wolf Dance Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 2:03
303 Victory Song Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 1:42
304 Hinikeets Song Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 3:40
305 Himikitsem Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 1:40
306 Ha Ma Mai Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 1:58
307 Himikitsem (Headdress Song) Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 2:20
308 Mountain Song - Tsho Va Da Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 2:43
309 Invitation Song Fred Louis and Ella Thompson 2:34
310 Tama Fred Louis 3:08
401 Sea Serpent Headdress Song Frank Williams 2:39
402 Hinikeets - Sea Serpent Song n/a 2:20
403 Quiquatla Dance Frank Williams 2:52
404 Hamatsa Song Frank Williams 1:54
405 Song from the Hopachisat Tribe n/a 2:10
406 Comparison of Two Versions of the Welcome Song: Sung at Port Alberni Festivites, 1951 George Clutesi 2:16
407 Comparison of Two Versions of the Welcome Song: Sung by George Clutesi & His Port Alberni Group, 1967 George Clutesi 3:35
408 Clan Song Joe Titian 3:45
409 For Topahti / Potlatch Song Joe Titian 2:29
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