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Essential Song: Three Decades of Northern Cree Music
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: University/College;

Essential Song: Three Decades of Northern Cree Music, a study of subarctic Cree hunting songs, is the first detailed ethnomusicology of the northern Cree of Quebec and Manitoba. The result of more than two decades spent in the North learning from the Cree, Lynn Whidden’s account discusses the tradition of the hunting songs, their meanings and origins, and their importance to the hunt. She also examines women’s songs, and traces the impact of social change—including the introduction of hymns, Gospel tunes, and country music—on the song traditions of these communities.

The book also explores the introduction of powwow song into the subarctic and the Crees struggle to maintain their Aboriginal heritage—to find a kind of song that, like the hunting songs, can serve as a spiritual guide and force.

Including profiles of the hunters and their songs and accompanied (online) by original audio tracks of more than fifty Cree hunting songs, Essential Song makes an important contribution to ethnomusicology, social history, and Aboriginal studies.


  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, Bronze Pize, Music Category

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192 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Pow-Wow Dancer's & Craftsworker's Handbook
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;

This book features many photographs of pow-wows and dance regalia from over the past 100 years, along with written histories and firsthand accounts of these events. Numerous pen-and-ink drawings of regalia items are accompanied by information on how they are made. Of interest to craftworkers, dancers, historians, and anyone who is fascinated with the pow-wow circuit.


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The Pow Wow Trail
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;

To many Native Americans, Pow Wows are an important cultural event, a celebration of identity and heritage that gives life to traditions of the past. They are also an opportunity to evolve new culture and allow the non-Native spectator to participate in an authentic, indigenous gathering that traces its roots back over a thousand years.

The information presented here comes from the author's many years on the "pow wow trail" and from conversations with Native friends, elders and pow wow officials. Each of the many dances are described in detail with background information and history of the dance provided. The beautiful and dynamic illustrations of the dancers, by Native American artist Diana Stanley, create a wonderful sense of being there.

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