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Native North America Vol. 1 [coll] – [Light in the Attic]

Cousin Mary   2/4/2015   12-inch, International

Absolutely stunning collection of popular music as played by Native American/First Nation people from Canada and the northern United States. Most would be considered Country/Folk with occasional rock and British invasion influence, but that implies that it is derivative – which it is not. Influences such as government sanctioned boarding schools that sought to destroy tribal language and customs, extreme climates and isolation, and native culture give this an authenticity that is very affecting. Some tracks are in native languages. Liner notes are very readable and informative.

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