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Encyclopedia > Innu music
Native American/First Nation music
United States and Canada
Pan-tribal genres
Chicken scratch Ghost Dance
Hip hop Native American flute
Peyote song Powwow
Tribal sounds
Arapaho Blackfoot
Dene Innu
Inuit Iroquois
Kiowa Navajo
Omaha Pueblo (Hopi, Zuni)
Sioux (Lakota, Dakota) Yuman

The Innu are among the First Nations of Canada. They have maintained a vibrant folk music culture, especially involving dance and percussion-based music. Philip Mackenzie is an especially important modern musician, known for creator a kind of singer-songwriter tradition using the Innu language. Though he originally used only guitar and teueikan (a [[Montagnais frame drum with snares), subsequent performers in his folk Innu style have added electronic and acoustic instruments [1] (http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0001699). There are hundreds of tribes of Native Americans (called the First Nations in Canada), each with diverse musical practices, spread across the United States and Canada (excluding Hawaiian music). ... Chicken scratch (waila music) is a kind of dance music developed by the Tohono Oodham people. ... This article deals with the Native American spiritual movement Ghost Dance. ... Native American hip hop is popular among natives in the United States and the First Nations of Canada. ... Peyote songs are a form of Native American music, performed as part of the Native American Church. ... Blackfoot music (best translated in the Blackfoot language as nitsínixki - I sing, from nínixksini - song) is primarily a vocal kind of music, using few instruments (called ninixkiátsis, derived from the word for song and associated primarily with European-American instruments), only percussion and voice, and few words. ... The Dene live in northern Canada. ... The Inuit live across the northern sections of Canada, especially in Yukon, Nunavat and Northwest Territories, as well as in Alaska and Greenland. ... The Kiowa are a Native American tribe. ... Navajo music is the music of the Navajo people and nation, currently in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. ... The Innu are the indigenous inhabitants of an area they refer to as Nitassinan, which comprises most of the Quebec-Labrador peninsula in Eastern Canada. ... First Nations is the current title used by Canada to describe the various societies of the indigenous peoples, called Native Americans in the U.S. They have also been known as Indians, Native Canadians, Aboriginal Americans, Amer-Indians, or Aboriginals, and are officially called Indians in the Indian Act, which... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... A kind of trap used in trapping. ...


The Innu Nikama, held annually in Quebec, is an important festival of Native American music of all kinds. The most famous Innu folk-rock band, Kashtin, began their popular career at Innu Nikama [2] (http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0001699). ... There are hundreds of tribes of Native Americans (called the First Nations in Canada), each with diverse musical practices, spread across the United States and Canada (excluding Hawaiian music). ... Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Kashtin were a Canadian folk rock duo in the 1980s and 1990s, who are one of Canadas most famous First Nations musical groups. ...


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Native American music: Information from Answers.com (3688 words)
The music of the Pima and Papago is intermediary between the Plains-Pueblo and the California-Yuman music areas, with melodic movement of the Yuman, though including the rise, and the form and rhythm of the Pueblo.
This area's music is characterized by extreme vocal tension, pulsation, melodic preference for perfect fourths and a range averring a tenth, rhythmic complexity, and increased frequence of tetratonic scales.
Music of the Great Basin is simple, discrete and ornate, characterized by short melodies with a range smaller than an octave, moderately-blended monophony, relaxed and open vocals and, most uniquely, paired-phrase structure, in which a melodic phrases, repeated twice, is alternated with one to two additional phrases.
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