|Suggested and recommended music that may be of
interest to those who are into wilderness survival, tracking, nature, Native
Indian culture and issues, and environmental issues.|
- Raindance: In the Solitudes series, this is a unique and wonderful
blend of native Indian music and nature sounds. See the Solitudes website at www.solitudes.com.
- Buffy Ste. Marie: Famous Native woman singer from the 60s, she's
still around with her biting songs about the state of the world. She "takes no
prisoners". On the Internet, see www.aloha.net/~bsm
and Vanguard Records at: www.vanguardrecords.com/buffy.
- Winston Wutunee - Handsome Warrior: This is his
best album, and features an interesting song about him flying with a flock of migrating
geese in the spring. He captures the joy and expectation that geese must have as
they fly north.
Kashtin: These two incredibly dynamic musicians
are no longer together. Most of the songs on their 3 albums are in their native
Indian language. Their album titles are: Kashtin, Innu, Akua
Kashtin member Claude MacKenzie has put out an album on his own, which is just as good as
Kashtin' (see dropd.com/issue/47/CD/McKenzie
for more info).
- R. Carlos Nakai: Native American flute music. Some of his
albums tend away from pure flute music, though, mixing jazz, piano, and other things.
Internet link: www.indianmarket.net/nakai.html
- David Campbell: An Ararwak Indian, his albums may be hard to find
now. He was popular in the 70s and early 80s. A simple clear vocal style mixed
with meaningful lyrics. Album titles include: Pretty Brown, Song,
Through Arawak Eyes...
- Susan Aglukark: An
Inuk (Inuit) woman from Canada's arctic, she touches
on personal healing, the Innu way of life, and Nature. See her official web site at www.chatsubo.com/aglukark.
- Solitudes: These CDs come in 2 flavours:
1. Pure nature sounds, whether they be birds & animals, or
ocean surf and storms.
2. Nature sounds mixed with music. The success of this
mixing varies, from exceptional to mediocre.
Generally they are all very relaxing.
See the Solitudes website at www.solitudes.com.
Environmental & Social Issues, and related topics
- Walkin' Jim Stoltz
He spends a considerable amount of his time hiking in the wilderness, then
travels around the U.S. giving benefit concerts for environmental organisations. His
lyrics are almost always focussed on Nature and environmental issues. He accompanies
his music with his own spectaular slide show. Don't miss him if he is performing
somewhere that you can get to! Check out his web site at: www.walkinjim.com.
- Loreena McKennitt - Elemental:
This album has what may be the oldest known environmental song on it, "Bonny
Portmore", which is a lament for a forest that was cut down in England hundreds of
years ago. For information about Loreena on the Internet, see:
-- "A Tribute to Loreena McKennitt" at ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/leefamily/loreena.htm
-- Warner Brothers Records site: www.wbr.com/mckennitt
-- The Quinlan Road website (her own record label) at www.quinlanroad.com
- Peter Yarrow: Formerly the "Peter" of Peter, Paul and
Mary (the folksong group of the 60s and 70s), on his own he too focusses on often hidden
social and other issues of our world.
- Bill Miller
"I have been a fan of Bill Miller for several years and have most of
his albums. His webpage pretty much details where he comes from,
"heritage" etc... It also offers snippets of his music and shows
his artwork. He goes from the country/folk side (Art of Survival and
Reservation Road) to the rock side (Raven in the Snow)to the "new agey"
side(flute music, Ghost Dance, Native Suite) throughout his catalog. He is
one of the most amazing gutarists I have ever heard or seen. He does have,
in some of his music, a "Christian" message as that is also who he
is but there is more than enough reverance for the earth and his heritage
within his music. Check it out. http://www.billmiller.net/"
Review by Scott Matula "Koyote"
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informal connection to the Tracker School or Tom Brown Jr. whatsoever