Black Eagle Straight Up Northern

Item No: 1473

$ 17.99

  • This music adheres strictly to the sacred traditions of powwow music. The group gathers around a large buffalo-skin drum and no other instruments are used to accompany the singers. Like most powwow music, the participants often engage in a call and response between a soloist and a group of backing singers. Further, the monophony of this music allows for direct and powerful vocal expression. Each song on this release is a kind of musical celebration, and songs such as "Remembrance," "Victory Dance," and "Dance with Love" honor the ancient ways of the Jemez people. In contrast, pieces such as "Me and My Boyz" and "Rock with Me" are informal and fun.
    • Artist: Black Eagle
    • Format: Audio CD
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Original release date: March 15, 2005
    • Label: Sounds of America Records
  • The Black Eagle Singers are a force keeping the musical traditions of their ancestors alive in Jemez, a community dedicated enough to this philosophy to teach its children the original native language of Towa before they are allowed to learn English. The group consists of five members of the Yepa clan and four other singers, all covering a combination of vocalizing and expressive rhythm done on the large traditional powwow drum. Terrence and Kendrick Casiquito also come from a musical family, and the lead vocalist is Glendon Toya. The group credits Little Jimmy Coyote as their introduction to the world of powwows, where The Black Eagle Singers now perform, particularly in the southeast United States.
  • In Pueblo culture, a drumbeat represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth and drum music accompanies ceremonies and dances. Traditional Pueblo drums are created from trees native to northern New Mexico, including aspen, cottonwood and pine. First, the log is stripped of bark, then the artist hollows out the log and dries it for up to half a year. Historically, drum heads were made from elk, buffalo or deer hides, but contemporary Pueblo artists also use cow hides. After being carefully cleaned and scraped by hand, the animal hides are soaked then stretched to fit the drum’s frame and secured with rawhide laces. Traditional Pueblo drums are works of great precision and skill, representing an ancient art that has been passed down for generations. Taos and Cochiti Pueblos are most known for making drums, though there are traditional drum makers from other Northern Pueblos as well.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts we are proud to sell rare and hard-to-find music that celebrates Native American and Pueblo culture, history and art. Our selection of music has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
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