Head Banging Native American Music

Donna and I were traveling through Red Mesa, New Mexico, on our latest trip and we say a sign that said, “Red Mesa Radio, 89.7.” We decided to tune in expecting to hear some Native America Music. What we heard first was a great rendition of “All Along the Watchtower.”

We looked at each other and laughed. “Not what we expected,” I said.

Then another song came on. It was very similar to music we heard at a Pow Wow in Santa Fe a few years back, but the lyrics were definitely in English. I, being an old hippie, definitely did some head banging.

I really wanted to find out who sang the song, so I did a deep search, ultimately landing on the FCC web site. There I found Phillip M. Kraus and sent him an email asking if he could point to the band.

He nicely replied and sent me an MP3. The band is called Northern Cree. I later found a video with the music and Pow Wow dancing. The dancing does not match the music but, so what? The video shows the type of dancing you can expect if you visit a Pow Wow. If you never have, I suggest that you do

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/WSUzgY5gxMU

There are more Northern Cree videos on YouTube.

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