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    Rock/Pop/Prog songs with an Native American melodies or rhythms

    I like songs with Native American drum beats, rhythms, and melodies. Could you good folks recommend songs? Here are two examples. One is obvious and the other not so much. But, I love both.




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    Jim Pepper

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    Dan Fogelberg was a big fan of Native Americans.
    this song was a tribute and contained many chants towards the end (@5:20)

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    Anything by R. Carlos Nakai:



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    One of my favorite Native American bands would be Indigenous. If you like blues rock, they are great.


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    Robbie Robertson has indigenous themes/music. Robbie himself had indigenous roots.
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    Witchitai-To by Jim Pepper is the one that came to mind first.

    This one here is based on a native american story and definitely qualifies also:

    Last edited by Digital_Man; 11-14-2023 at 01:58 PM.

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    I highly recommend Bill Miller. He’s a combo of singer/songwriter, blues, rock, and Native American motifs. Some songs are straight rock, but others are full on indigenous is style. He even has a Christmas album.





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    There was that Requiem for the Americas thing that Jonathan Elias did, with Jon Anderson, etc.

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    There's also Xit, who weren't as famous as Redbone but they deserve more recognition.
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    Lots of songs by Los Jaivas have some kinda Native American elements
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    I think this Marillion song sounds so.
    https://youtu.be/_m1HbjAMu60?feature=shared

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    Good one, I didn’t think of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Man View Post
    Witchitai-To by Jim Pepper is the one that came to mind first.
    That was the first that came to my mind as well. Pepper's first version was with his band Everything is Everything. It wasn't quite a huge hit, but it did hit about #70 on the Billboard charts in 1969, and according to Wiki "s the only hit to feature an authentic Native American chant in the history of the Billboard pop charts."



    In addition to the version in post #2 above, he recorded other versions of it over the years too. Here's one from '83 with John Scofield.

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    The Great White Buffalo by Jimmy Carl Black (the Indian of the group) comes to mind.
    There's some excellent live versions of this on Muffin Man CDs (with JCB on vocals).

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    Technically off topic.
    Begging the specialists present pardon, this one is a proposal for comparison.
    About similarities / differences with native american sound, if there is really a very distinctive "sound".
    Weren't there 500 nations? Did they all sound the same? Suppose not exactly!
    So, if anyone doesn't mind catching this one, how native american can sound... Mongolians?

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