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American Indian Christmas

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Editorial Reviews

Ten Christmas songs performed in ten different Native American
languages by one Grammy Award-nominated performer!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. O Holy Night
  2. O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. Silent Night
  4. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  5. What Child Is This
  6. Little Drummer Boy
  7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  8. Winter Wonderland
  9. Joy to the World
  10. Amazing Grace


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SOAR RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000BW8BE4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the most beautiful and unique Christmas CDs I've ever heard. Jana, with the voice of an angel, sings 10 Christmas songs in 10 different Native American languages backed by a full orchestra and native instruments. Her version of O' Holy Night sung in Navajo is worth the CD itself. For a sample of her songs, check out her site at jananation.com.
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My first time hearing of Jana and this Christmas CD was on Friday, Dec 23. I was driving as she was being interviewed on the radio. When they started playing samples from this CD, I almost had to pull over. Her voice is TRULY AMAZING and the arrangements are very traditionally and beautifully done. This a must have for anyone who loves Christmas music.
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I first learned of ths CD from another, more expensive source, and decided that I wanted to get it. I don't know why Amazon doesn't have sound samples but if you get the CD you'll find that Jana has a beautiful voice.

10 different American Indian languages for the 10 songs, the instrumental part is modern non-Indian and the songs themselves have been adapted very well. I suspect that the rhythm isn't traditional for each language but the effect works so well few will mind, played in the background a casual listener might not even notice they aren't in English.

Everything is good but I think I liked #4 "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" (Lakota) and #10 "Amazing Grace" (Lumbee) perhaps the best.

I'd like to have English/Indian lyrics for the songs, you don't get that, but find no fault with this CD otherwise.

Buy it for Christmas and get someone else a copy, you won't regret it.
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Just amazing. Her voice is incredible. The songs are so familiar to everyone that not knowing the language doesn't matter. Stand out sonsg for me... "What Child is this" and "Oh Holy Night"
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Jana has a pure, clear, beautiful voice. Hearing the familiar Christmas songs in different languages gives the beautiful old songs a new and appealing sound. Silent Night and Amazing Grace are especially beautiful.

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A beautiful CD of Christmas classics. I love Christmas, and music in general, so I'm always on the lookout for something new. When I saw this CD, I decided to check out if there were audio clips somewhere so I could preview it. Since part of my heritage is Native American, I hoped that it would be as good as the reviews claimed it was. It wasn't ... it was gently, gracefully, breathtakingly better! I quickly came back and purchased several copies to give out as Christmas presents this year. Mine was opened as soon as it arrived, and several people have asked where they can get one (since I seem to be unable to not play a couple songs from it at least once a week).

While soprano singers are amazing, they're fairly common on the radio around Christmas. It's nice to hear a lower, more alto female voice singing from time to time. This CD incorporates several favorites that while sung in a different language, and at sometimes a slightly different rhythm, are easily recognizable. You may find yourself forgetting that you don't know the words, and even catch yourself singing along.

Here's a breakdown of the songs and languages:

1. O Holy Night (Sung In Navajo)
2. O Come All Ye Faithful (Sung In Kalispel Salish)
3. Silent Night (Sung In Arapaho)
4. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Sung In Lakota)
5. What Child Is This (Sung In Cherokee)
6. Little Drummer Boy (Sung In San Juan Tewa Pueblo)
7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Sung In Oneida)
8. Winter Wonderland (Sung In Ojibwe)
9. Joy to the World (Sung In Chiricahua)
10. Amazing Grace (Sung In Lumbee)

The only downside is that there's no lyrics included so that you can sing along in the various tribal languages.
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Jana has a beautiful voice. Hearing the familiar Christmas carols in the various Native American languages is a wonderful and delightful listening experience.
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I LOVE this CD! We play it at home every year. I just LOVE the drums in the background. The beat is awesome! My favorite is Drummer Boy. I like the Navaho-sounding drum beat. Her voice is so full, beautiful, and hep. lol lol I also purchased this for my sister since she tends to celebrate our part American-Indian heritage.
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