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A Native American Odyssey: Inuit to Inca

Various Artists Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00000DFED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Qingauiit - Tudjaat
3. Wind River - Andrew Vasquez
4. Ghost Dance - Bill Miller
5. Native Funk - Burning Sky
6. Nendaa-Go Back - Jerry Alfred & The Medicine Beat
7. La Tortuga - Jaramar
8. Ni' Bixi Dxi Zina - Binni Gula'za
9. Araruna - Marlui Miranda
10. Vale Do Javari - Regional Vermello E Branco
11. Tema De Maimara - Los Incas
12. Chayantenita - Bolivia Manta
13. Ollantay - Expresion

Editorial Reviews

The goal of this Putumayo collection is to present contemporary music as rendered by indigenous peoples of the Americas--North, Central, and South. It succeeds as an appealing and diverse affair. While the 13-track package showcases a number of acts nobly seeking to preserve musical traditions in a contemporary world, the album's chief attractions lie in the modern spins several acts put on their musical heritage. The album's first six selections are the most intriguing, starting with a mystical folk rave, driven by acoustic guitar and passionate violin, as conjured up by members of Kashtin, a group spawned by the Montagnais Indians of Quebec. Their language, Innu, may be undecipherable to most, but the group's earnestness and urgency is easily comprehended. An Inuit (Eskimo) duo, Tudjaat, casts an Enya-like spell with the vocals of Madeline Allakariallak. Apache member Andrew Vasquez delivers an image-rich, spoken-word soliloquy, followed by rousing pop-folk from Mohican Bill Miller, followed next by an inventive blend of acoustic guitar, traditional flute, and percussion from the Ute trio Burning Sky. As the album stretches to Central and South America, the selections become more traditional and perhaps not quite as bewitching to modern listeners. The cheerful interplay of pipes, charango, and handclaps on "Tema de Maimara" from Peru's Los Incas is a charmer for sure, yet it is this noteworthy project's earlier tracks that leave the most lasting impressions. --Terry Wood

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Jewel January 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Let me tell you, this is a real jewel. It is an excellent introduction to the contemporary music of Native America, or a great addition to your collection if your interested. One of the great things about this is that it takes Native American music from across both continents. Too often I've seen Native American music CDs that ignore Latin American Indians completely. This one is an excellent break from that and includes Native American musicians from almost every region, ranging from Alaska and Canada, into the United States, down to Mexico, into the Amazon and over to the Andes.
The musicians on this album are all top notch. Among them, include legendary flutist Bill Miller, Marlui Miranda, who incorporates Amazonian tribal music with modern music, the hauntingly beautiful duo of Tudjaat and the Incan pan pipes of Bolivia Manta. Most of the songs, such as "Vale do Jauari", "Akua Tuta", "Nendaa - Go Back", and "Ni'bixi dxi Zina", have a wonderful ephemeral sound to them. Simply breath taking. I cannot over emphasize how wonderful this CD is.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent March 10, 2002
By "skak1"
Format:Audio CD
Didn't know quite what to expect and bought it just to see. The music is very varied and original. Some very beautiful pieces in diverse languages. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology of underrepresented music December 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of contemporary Native music from the Americas. What I found most exciting was the diverse representation on the CD. The album includes music from all around the Americas, including Andean, Amazon, Apache, and Inuit. The artists that really stood out to me were Tudjaat from Canada and Regional Vermelho E Branco of Brazil. The album is full of enjoyable songs that in one way or another beautifully preserve and celebrate Native American cultures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another treasure from Putumayo Records August 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love Putumayo Records and their diverse compilations. I recently picked up a copy of A Native American Odyssey: Inuit to Inca. It did not take me very long to become addicted to the music. I'll admit that collection of songs barely scratches the surface when it comes to Native American music however I think it is a wonderful representation of Native American music to this new listener. I particularly love the song "Qingauiit" by Tudjaat with the gentle rhythms of the percussion and beautiful female vocals. The track "White River Life/Dine/USA" by Burning Sky. While the music is clearly modern, the lyrics certainly is pure Native American. Another personal favorite track is "Nendaa-Go Back" by Jerry Alfred & The Medicine Beat. I love the melodies and the harmonies on this particular song. There is not one song on the entire compilation I did not enjoy. I find it very soothing and relaxing to listen to at any time of day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! August 8, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent way to get turned on to many new artists at once. Not a dud on the CD. : )
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow December 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD antiscipating another "Sacred Spirit" album but what it lacks in intensity it makes up for in diversity. The style is more Joanne Shenandoah with soft country than flute and drum music. What is important about this album is how it is an authentic synergie of the western influence upon indigenous peoples lives. It may not appeal to purists who are expecting the fiery vocals of defiance from "Sacred Spirit" because most of the songs from the North American Native peoples are sung in English on this album However it has its own quiet dignity none the less.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars In Response to Terry Wood's review
To Terry Wood who reviewed the CD. You obviously do not know and appreciate traditional music from Central and South America. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Delve into native music - excellent mix
I searched high and low on the internet to try and find this album. I'd heard it first after checking it out from my local library (in Sydney, Australia!). Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by SalishGirl76
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting tour of American countries
Have listened to this CD countless times and still find more depth and nuances to the melodies. They grow into you even if you cannot understand the languages, but the intensity,... Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by J. Leblanc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product!
I heard some of the songs on this CD while I was in the Native American museum in Washington DC last year and instantly fell in love with the music. Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars A few good tracks...
Putumayo compilations, I find, are usually a poor choice for exploring world music, and what's more, they aren't the best listening albums either. Read more
Published on April 16, 2009 by Dale Dimelo
2.0 out of 5 stars Will Putumayo return to Native American music?
When Putumayo launched its odyssey series,its first couple of tries weren't the best.I give them the benefit of the doubt. Read more
Published on June 15, 2006 by Amaranth
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