|the ruins of Machu Pichu|
Couple that scenario with the fact that we are losing languages and musical traditions in the same way that animals are becoming extinct on the planet. Our collective heritages and lineages are encoded in these musical traditions, not to mention our personal identities. When this happens we stumble over our own roots, that is if we have enough roots to keep us grounded and centered in the natural world or our natural place on the planet.
With this in mind, I have visited YouTube (yes, the irony of using technology to connect us back to nature) to bring you these indigenous music treasures. Once you explore these videos, you'll want to delve further and I hope you pursue those desires. Let's start off with Native American Peyote Songs, then head over to the Cook Islands, and then to Mali to visit the Dogon People, finally we will land in Samiland where we will listen to a Saami yoik in the traditional way. And I included a few extras.
Peyote Song (Sacred Ceremony)
Listening to this song doesn't give you license to ingest peyote
Traditional Music from the Cook Islands
Let's have fun and contrast this video with Native American Pow-Wow dancing
And here is the Dance of the Jaguar (Aztec Tribal Dance)
Song from the Dogon Tribe of Mali
Sami Traditional Yoik
Let's contrast this with Inuit throat-singing (Sami also perform throat-singing, but it doesn't resemble the Inuits performing here).
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