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  • Audio CD (October 4, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: October 4, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Commissioned to come up with a soundtrack for the 1994 Turner Network Television special The Native Americans, Robbie Robertson delivered some of his most haunting and evocative work to date. Combining the sleek atmospherics of 1991's Storyville with traditional tribal chanting and instrumentation, Music for the Native Americans often manages to sound both contemporary and timeless. Unfortunately, Robertson's lyrics are often as clunky as they are well intentioned--though brief, his liner notes are far more powerful and informative--and his gravelly speak-singing is consistently outclassed by Native American guest vocalists Pura Fe, Soni, and Jen, whose "Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song)" is also the album's highlight. File under "flawed but interesting." --Dan Epstein

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I'm a sucker for native american music.
Sandy McDole
The sound effects and soft-spoken voices meld perfectly together with the powerful and moving lyrics to create a magnificent effect.
Zekeriyah
I recently purchased this CD and it immediately became an all-time favorite.
Alejandra Vernon

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Zekeriyah VINE VOICE on January 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD is beautiful. Theres a ephemeral, spiritual sound to it, yet at the same time its so very modern. I can't think of a good way to explain it, but the music is wonderful. Someof the songs, such as "Coyote Dance", "Ancestor Song" and "Twistd Hair", call to mind beautiful spiritual images in your head. The sound effects and lyrics on "Twisted Hair" in particular still stand out in my mind. Others, such as "Mahk Jchi", "Cherokee Morning Song" and "Akua Tuta", blend traditional Native American music stylings with modern rhythms for a breath taking effect. Many of these songs incorporate other Native American artists, such as Rita Coolidge and Kashtin.
However, the most interesting songs on this CD are the ones that come from Robbie Robertson himself. The lyrics to "Ghost Dance", "It is a Good Day to Die" and "Skinwalker" are haunting and will almost certain stick in your mind long after you've finished listening to this CD. The sound effects and soft-spoken voices meld perfectly together with the powerful and moving lyrics to create a magnificent effect. This is one of my favorite Native American CDs and I simply can't recommend it enough, esecially for people unfamilar with contemporary Native American music.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2001
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I recently purchased this CD and it immediately became an all-time favorite. It has a mix of sounds, with some performances by Pura Fe, Kashtin, and Coolidge, but the entire CD is imbued with a peaceful spirit that transports me to another time and place, a place of simplicity, truth, and so much beauty.
There are tracks that have fabulous guitar work by Robertson (like "The Vanishing Breed"), but the songs that captivate me the most are the ones in which he does the vocals. His voice delights me and the 2 spoken pieces, "Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood" and "Twisted Hair" are riveting.
The arrangements and musicianship are perfection. This is simply one of the most beautiful CDs I've ever heard in any genre, and that covers a lot of territory, as my tastes are varied.
The booklet insert, with poetry and imagery that compliment the CD info and lyrics is a joy...not to be missed are the insightful "tidbits" written by Robertson...(who would have known those were crickets ?)...the entire package is a work of art, exquisite and incredibly moving...and makes me grateful to be alive, and able to listen, learn, and enjoy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Janie Maas on February 16, 2000
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When I first saw the TNT original, The Native Americans back in 1994, I just had to own a copy of the wonderfully haunting soundtrack. I rushed right out and bought this Robbie Robertson CD. Originally, my favorite cut was "Cherokee Morning Song" (Welela/Rita Coolidge & family). Then, I latched onto "Skinwalker" - a huanting pop/jazz offering by Robbie Robertson. This one tells the story of modern day Native American life (read between the lines). One by one, each song will become your favorite. Then, before you realize it, the whole album will grab your heart ... your very soul. Believe me ... it will bring you tears, love and an ethereal wonder (check out the harmony of the cricket song to the Creator in "Twisted Hair"). Mahk Jchi is sure to grow on you until you are humming it all the time. Be sure to devour all of the liner notes and the lyrics. You will be telling all of your friends to listen to this one - forever! Happy listening.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andre 2015 on April 13, 2008
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The first time I listened to the wonderful music on this disc I was speechless for the rest of the day. After playing it again and reading the liner notes on the musicians and the historical background, I pulled Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee from the shelf and reread it.
I believe we, as the so-called modern man, have completely lost touch with earth and whatever might be beyond.
When I listen to Ghost Dance (my favorite on this disc) I get the feeling of being reconnected. That to me is magic.
Robbie and the very diverse group of great musicians take you on a journey through your heart. When listening to this you cannot help but feel close to the Native American. It goes deep, much deeper than you would expect.
But it is not just about suffering. There is love and blessing, even forgiveness.
The pureness of Coolidge singing the Cherokee Morning Song, the love in Golden Feather, unchangeable history in Ghost Dance or It Is A Good Day To Die, the haunting guitar in The Vanishing Breed: WOW!
When daily city life with all its insanity pulls me away from my inner self I put this on and find a way back. I hope it will be able to do the same to you.
Maybe if we feel reconnected to all that is around us - earth, nature, the sky, the animals, our brothers and sisters, even those we think of as our enemies - we can find a better way to save it. After all we're all part of the same planet.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By F.N. Wright on March 17, 2000
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This album is incredibly rich and beautiful in every regard. Reviewer Epstein (above) needs to get a clue. Robertson's lyrics show the highest honor and respect to the continuing history of Native Americans, and in "Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood" the words are actually Chief Joseph's -- some of the most haunting and soul-stirring words ever put forth, presented with a heart-felt musical arrangement. As on "Contact From the Underworld of Redboy" Robertson uses his unique vocal style effectively and includes many guest vocalists and musicians to add flavor and depth. The songwriting overall is catchy, concise and definitely stays with you. He also plays some mighty tasty guitar, and his production is flawless. I own over 1,000 CDs and this one stands out as THE most artistically brilliant and thematically respectful of all.
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