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Explore the Music of Putumayo’s Native America

By Dan Storper, March 10, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper

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.

Category: Music




JF says ...
I would say that it is about time. Something like this has been long overdue.
03/10/2014 10:42:42 PM CDT
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.
03/11/2014 8:05:42 AM CDT
donna sproles says ...
I have seen R. Carlos Nakai perform and he is wonderful. This sounds simply wonderful.
03/11/2014 2:37:47 PM CDT
BD. Douglas says ...
Always appreciate and enjoy earthy yet cultivated music....
03/12/2014 2:54:54 PM CDT
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.
03/12/2014 3:17:37 PM CDT
Leah G says ...
Living in the Southwest has made me appreciate traditional Native American drumming and chanting as well as contemporary Native American musicians.
03/12/2014 3:25:13 PM CDT
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."
03/12/2014 5:42:03 PM CDT
Christine says ...
My hobby is all things southwest for many years! I look forward to hearing this new music.
03/12/2014 11:24:39 PM CDT
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!
03/13/2014 5:48:53 AM CDT
raul rivera says ...
I have other Putumayo CDs and will add this one soon.
03/13/2014 10:42:03 AM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 1:37:30 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 1:57:45 PM CDT
Rachael Baird says ...
My soul had been craving this!
03/13/2014 4:33:15 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 4:35:20 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 5:30:33 PM CDT
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!
03/13/2014 6:15:15 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 6:36:10 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 6:52:40 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 7:11:14 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 7:29:40 PM CDT
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,
03/13/2014 9:04:16 PM CDT
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.
03/13/2014 9:09:51 PM CDT
Susan A ndrus says ...
I would enjoy listening to this and baking that bread!
03/13/2014 9:21:19 PM CDT
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.
03/14/2014 4:26:08 AM CDT
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!
03/14/2014 7:57:20 AM CDT