Pow Wow the Songs

Series produced by Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio

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Pow Wow the Songs, explores pow wow songs and thier cultural significance

Pow wow the Songs, features interviews from singers who share their

knowledge of the history and views on the songs that are sung

during pow wow gatherings and ceremonies.


25 Pieces

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Zach is from the Bad River Reservation and shares his knowledge of the Buck and Doe dance. The Swan dance is a dance about how the seasons change ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 13:15
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Virgil is a member of the Souix Nation and shares his knowledge of the drum and songs which are a big part of his life. Virgil shares the story ab...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 15:12
  • Purchases: 1
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Terry lives in Vermilion and is a member of the Lake Vermilion Singers. Terry is one of the drum group's song makers. Terry has been a singer on ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 09:51
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Shane is the drum keeper for the Drift traditional drum, which is a type of drum that does not travel off the reservation unless for a specific eve...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 15:09
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Sarah is a hand drum singer and got her start as a singer because of a canceled workshop and the replacement presenter shared their hand drum exper...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 15:49
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Ricky talks about his role as a Spiritual Advisor during pow wows. Bii Maa Dii Zii Win 'living a good life' is a strong influencer in how Ricky st...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 14:06
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Harvey Goodsky. Jr, Algin Goodsky, Brian Stillday and Devon Stillday share their experiences growing up singing and dancing around the drum groups ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 11:59
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Pete has been singing for many years since he was a young boy. He recalls when he first started singing, he didn't know what an 'inter tribal' son...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 23:45
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Opie started singing on the drum when he was young and since then has sang with many popular drum groups throughout Indian Country. Being a drum l...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 11:45
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Ken tells how he was introduced to the Midi Lodge when he was very young and is helping to bring what he knows back to the people. Ken shares some...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 22:14
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John shares his knowledge of songs used during the pow wow and his experience as an MC or Master of Ceremonies during the pow wow. John tells abou...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 09:54
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Joel has been singing on the drum for 25 years, as of 2014, with the Lake Vermilion drum group. He shares the first songs that he learned: the gra...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 12:58
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Jerome talks about his youth and not participating in the pow wow circle until later in life. Jerome shares wisdom about life and teachings he lea...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 16:01
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Jack has been singing since he was a very young man and became a teacher of traditions, values and songs. He also shares his views of non natives ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 13:34
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Henry shares his history of becoming a Master of Ceremonies for pow wows, interpretor of invocations, spiritual advisor and singing 'Old' songs of ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 08:48
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Harold aka Dayshun, shares how he felt about not being 'traditional' when he was younger. He left the reservation, got his education and returned ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 11:27
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George shares how he learned the duties of being a Master of Ceremonies for pow wows. George has been interested in singing on the drum since he w...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 15:35
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Elroy found personal healing by participating in pow wows through singing and helping. Elroy shares a teaching of caring for the drum as an 'Elder...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 10:23
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Donald shares his experience as a lead singer in a drum group. Donald also shares how much help sharing the 'Healing Song' can help himself as wel...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 12:54
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Donald shares knowledge of forgotten songs and dances. Some Songs and dances are specific to this area while others are introduced to our local ce...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 11:26
  • Purchases: 1