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Explore the Music of Putumayo’s Native America

Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.

Read on for a chance to win a copy of Putumayo’s latest release, Native America, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our winner, Mol!

Putumayo Presents Native AmericaPutumayo brings together a collection of music by singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who draw inspiration from the traditions of their indigenous North American ancestors for its latest release, Native America.

A collage of styles, the songs on this album are united by the themes of connecting the old with the new and cultivating the continued evolution of music rooted in ancient traditions. With sounds ranging from atmospheric flute and drum to soulful acoustic songs by singer-songwriters, the collection provides listeners a glimpse into the diverse world of contemporary Native American music from what is now the US and Canada.

The songs take us on a journey through mourning and hope, memory and the promise of continuing tradition, and the exploration of a world beyond ours. From the intimate vocals of Florent Vollant, a member of the Innu tribe of eastern Canada, to the ethereal flute of Navajo-Ute R. Carlos Nakai gliding above and through Will Clipman’s cascade of hand drumming, the music evokes the spirit of the vibrant communities that first shaped North America, from the forests of the North to the plateaus and canyons of the Southwest.

As the music progresses, traditional themes are blended with modern sounds, drawing inspiration from Southern blues, reggae, and contemporary singer-songwriting.

Native America also features a traditional recipe for Navajo wild sage bread. Sage, valued by the Navajo for its culinary and spiritual properties, provides this bread with a sweet, aromatic flavor. Bake a loaf of the bread to enjoy its connection to Native America while enveloping yourself in the sounds of its music.

A portion of the proceeds from this collection support Seva, a non-profit foundation that has been working for 35 years to provide vision care to at-risk populations around the world. Seva’s American-Indian Sight Initiative includes vision screening and prescription glasses for students in Native Communities. The organization also supports vision technician training for Native Americans and vision care outreach and educational services in tribal communities.

Are you ready to explore the music of Native America? Let us know about your experiences with Native American music in the comments below by Monday, March 24th for a chance to win!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends March 24, 2014, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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JF says …

I would say that it is about time. Something like this has been long overdue.

Craig Harris says …

I have written a book, "The Heartbeat, Warble, & Electric Powwow: The Magnificence of Native America's Music" that is currently in the midst peer review process at the University of OKlahoma Press.

donna sproles says …

I have seen R. Carlos Nakai perform and he is wonderful. This sounds simply wonderful.

BD. Douglas says …

Always appreciate and enjoy earthy yet cultivated music....

L.C. Jackson says …

I have put together a couple play lists for the American Thanksgiving holiday. I have added some Native American selections to them all. I am getting this CD and will just play the whole thing next Thanksgiving and Columbus Day.

Leah G says …

Living in the Southwest has made me appreciate traditional Native American drumming and chanting as well as contemporary Native American musicians.

Annette Cade says …

I am not that familiar with Native American music. This compilation would be a great introduction. Plus, I love everything I've heard that Putumayo has released. The label has a great "ear."

Christine says …

My hobby is all things southwest for many years! I look forward to hearing this new music.

ERJ says …

My mom used to play us a wonderful cd as kids. At first I didn't enjoy it so much when it was 8am on a Saturday as she was trying to get us up and at'em for cleaning day! But the music really does resonate with me on some other level. Two days ago I was thinking about that cd, I planned on asking her if she still has it and would let me borrow, and how ironic that I'm opening my email and seeing this post! I hope I win!

raul rivera says …

I have other Putumayo CDs and will add this one soon.

Tirza Rideout says …

I recently developed a unit plan on Native Americans for my fourth grade class. Besides books (Between Earth and Sky by Bruchac is beautiful), music was used extensively. I believe that music teaches more about a culture than anything else. I'm always on the look out for new music, so therefore I was intrigued by this article! I'm excited to check this album out.

Catherine Ward says …

My family is really looking forward to this long overdue collection. After attending many Pow Wows, my kids have a real appreciation for the drumming, dancing and singing. Today at lunch and all the way to school, my kids drummed and sang their best pow wow music. We look forward to having the real thing on CD. Everything Putumayo puts out is phenomenol.

Rachael Baird says …

My soul had been craving this!

Avon Leekley says …

Wonderful memories of listening to Native American flute music while driving thru New Mexico and on to the Grand Canyon. This collection sounds wonderful too.

C Banks says …

I am a very amateur Native American flute player, but even at my skill level the music has a very spiritual quality and provides a great sense of peace. The music of R Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman have been instrumental (no pun intended) in bringing this music to the world. Music speaks to us when words fail. The language is universal.

Marlee says …

I don't have any experience with Native American music, but I've enjoyed other world music from Putumayo. I'd love to win this CD!

Carol Jones says …

I attended concert featuring R. Carlos Nakai at Analy High School, Sebastopol in the 90's. During interval, I told him I wasn't having any success with my Native American flute. His response was to throw out the written music and play from the heart. This gave me confidence to really believe I could do that...and I did! I would love to hear him play again on this Putumayo CD. Thx for the opportunity.

Mary Ann Bellissima says …

I lived in AZ for many years and have enjoyed Native music for many years, Nakai's 'Grand Canyon Trilogy' was a very healing influence in my life. I look forward to this new collection.

A Lee says …

I used to play a Native American lullaby CD to my daughter and rock her in my arms to sleep when she was very little. Now, as a teen, I hear what she chooses and this helps us connect. I would love to re-introduce this style to her again.

Sandy S. says …

I'm watching the video series THE WEST by Ken Burnes. Before each show, they play a soulful song by a Native American. His voice sounds like the waling wind and I'm aware of what we lost when we took away their song.

Ann says …

I have been enjoying Native American music for many years, I shared this serene music with many as I vacillated meditation classes, with my brother who suffered from a terminal illness that gave him increased peace up until his last day in the hospital and then some of his favorites were shared with family and friends at his funeral service. Native American music takes the listener through forest, valleys around campfires by streams in all seasons with all of natures wild along side as the wind blows you towards an ultimate oneness with our creator,

Nicole Hrbek says …

I have always been fascinated and devoted to Native American culture since I was a little girl. The stories have always filled my imagination of what I believe to have been the most beautiful and pure human beings living in and with nature on this Earth. It is grievous what has become of these great tribes, and the crimes against them are too vast and painful in number. I celebrate them any way I can through photography, art, books and song. As a fan of Putumayo, I would be so grateful to have this prized CD in my collection of world music and would treasure its' significance for me personally.

Susan A ndrus says …

I would enjoy listening to this and baking that bread!

Debbie says …

I have been listening to Carlos Nakai for about 12 years and have several CDs. His music is a great stress reliever at work. Thank you for informing your customers about this collection and a portion of the proceeds being donated.

Laurie K says …

When I climbed Bear Butte in South Dakota, there was a Native American group playing music somewhere nearby. What a great send off!

suzanne funsch says …

looking foreward to adding this native american cd to my putamayo collection i will play it with a native american odyssey from 1998

Chelsea S says …

I am half Choctaw and was raised on Native American music. This album sounds like it will be right up my alley! I think the most interesting draw of this album will be the eclectic mix of different styles. A little something for everybody. I am also intrigued by the mention of a recipe about Navajo sage bread. Sage is also important to the Choctaw. I'm so very happy that part of the proceeds are going towards the efforts of Seva. Seva is a very worthy cause!

Ronda says …

We LOVE everything Putumayo in our house. It is such an amazing way to start new discussions about cultures with our young daughter while enjoying the amazing songs they always pull together.

Merna says …

Native American music often evokes a visceral response, felt right to the core. It's wonderful.

Mary George says …

I was an Indian Lore teacher at a camp and would listen to the music with the students. I also find it tranquilizing when meditatiing at a yoga or Pilates class.

MOL says …

I have long been drawn to Native American music--it touches my soul. Now I have a granddaughter who is part Native American, and I would love to share this music with her.

KentlandsJam says …

Glad there is an appreciation of this type of music. Can't wait to hear it.

Jane M says …

I absolutely love Native American music. I have many CD's in my collection and listen often. My granddaughter is Native American on her other grandparents side and we have attended many a Pow Wow together. This CD would be a wonderful gift for my granddaughter.