Hi y'all! It's Music Monday and the theme this week are Native American music since it are Native American Heritage month.
Pawsome theme CK! Native Americans have been treated wrong - our government has broken promises OVER and OVER and continues to do so after trying to exterminate their culture and stealing their homeland and lives. Da mommas has always been interested in and appreciated native culture - there's native artwork in our home and da mommas all have a big collection of Native American jewelry (mainly Navajo, but also some Hopi and Zuni). My grandpa are from Arizona and one of the best parts about going to Arizona for my momma wuz going to the trading posts. She made a lotta trips through the Navajo Nation wif Angel Whitley when she went to UCLA.
So with that said, here's some tunes by/inspired by Native Americans.
R. Carlos Nakai is a talented Navajo/Ute flutist. His songs are beautiful.
Redbone's "We Were All At Wounded Knee." Ya might know Redbone for their big hit "Come and Get Your Love." Here's a protest song by them.
We can't forget about Native Hawaiians when we're talking about Native Americans. Here's Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's monster hit mashup of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World. Momma LUVS his voice and plays his album a lot.
Cherokee Maiden performed by Asleep at the Wheel. Momma used to sing this song to Angel Whitley since her breeder was a Cherokee lady from Oklahoma.
We're ending with Johnny Cash's The Ballad of Ira Hayes. Yeah, Travis shared it over at Lone Star Cats too. But its da prefect song for this theme on Veterans Day - our veterans and our native Americans both deserve more than they get.