Pan Tribalism / World Music

Pan Tribalism / World Music

Pan-tribalism is the syncretic adoption of traditions from foreign communities. Since the rise of the United States and Canada, Native Americans have forged a common identity, and invented pan-tribal music, most famously including powwows, peyote songs and the Ghost Dance.

The Ghost Dance spread throughout the Plains tribes in the 1890s, and most still survive in use. They are characterized by relaxed vocals and a narrow range.

Apache-derived peyote songs, prayers in the Native American Church, use a descending melody and monophony. Rattles and water drums are used, in a swift tempo.

The Sun Dance and Grass Dance of the plains are the roots of intertribal powwows, which feature music with terraced descent and nasal vocals, both Plains characteristic features.

An example of an intertribal song is the AIM Song, which uses meaningless vocables to make it accessible to people of all tribes. However, because of its origins from the Lakota and Ojibwe people, it still retains some Plains characteristics.

Brulé (Sioux)

Karina Lombard (Lakota)

Joanne Shenandoah (Mohawk)

Ulali (Tuscarora/Apache/Yaqui)

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Aaron White

Aaron White is a Grammy nominated Native American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, Native American flute maker /player, artist, and lecturer on the Native American Flute and music. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Aaron is from the Dine (Navajo/Ute) of Arizona.

Brule & AIRO

Brulé & AIRO is a contemporary Native American New Age/Worldbeat music group based in South Dakota. They have sold over one million CDs worldwide, won a number of awards, and maintain a schedule of well over 100 performances a year including full stage productions with traditional dancers.