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Singing the Sacred:
Musical Gifts from Native American Communities

Singing the Sacred: Musical Gifts from Native American CommunitiesMusic has always been an integral part of Native American life. There were songs for every conceivable event in life. Native American worship music is primarily a corporate, communal experience. Each piece is intended to invoke a blessing on the entire worshiping community. When you join in singing these songs we believe that you will experience that blessing. (From the Introduction by Rev. Alvin Deer, Editor)

Singing the Sacred: Musical Gifts from Native American Communities offers Native American Christian music from the diversity of the people called 'Native American' in the present day United States of America. Songs are included from the Mohawk of New York to the Native Hawaiians of the Hawaiian Island; from the Inupiat in the northern borders of the Alaska to the Tewa and Navajo of the Great Southwest.

This resource includes:
Twenty-one songs and hymns from more than fifteen Native American communities, carefully selected for their suitability for cross-cultural use.

Music Scores:
Musical notation to each song, capturing and sharing the original tune.
Singable English translations.

Performance notes that provide:
Commentary on the communities of origin, the history, and how the song is experienced in Native American communities for each selection.
Suggestions of ways to incorporate the songs in traditional, blended, contemporary and emerging worship.

  1. O' Creator (Contemporary Blackfeet): Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  2. Oh uh pa-gish ke che ingo' dwok /O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Ojibwe): Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  3. Ke Aloha O Ka Haku / The Queen's Prayer (Hawaii):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  4. Lord, Have Mercy (Tewa Pueblo):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  5. O Sing and Honor Jesus (Arapaho):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  6. On the Beautiful Beyond (Oneida):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  7. Takwaienha / The Lord's Prayer (Mohawk):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  8. Orphan Child (Cherokee):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  9. One Drop of Blood (Cherokee):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  10. Ah-ho Dawk'ee / God, I thank you (Kiowa):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  11. Daw-k'yah towgyah thawy báht-awm / Take the Saving Word of God (Kiowa):
    Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wmaPDF: Portable Document FilePDF Sample from Songbook: (2 pp, 93 K)
  12. Esenehane Jesus / Jesus, Our Friend and Brother (Cheyenne):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  13. Heleluyvn Yvhikvres / Heleluyan We Are Singing (Muscogee Creek):
    Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wmaPDF: Portable Document FilePDF Sample from Songbook: (3 pp, 159 K
  14. Espoketis Omes Kerreskos / This Could Be the Last Time (Seminole/Muscogee Creek):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  15. Meditation on Death (Choctaw):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  16. Awakening and Inviting (Choctaw):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  17. Wocekiye Itancan / The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary Lakota):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  18. Uqpailugu ubluq illuqnan / Trusting Jesus (Inupiat):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  19. Amazing Grace (Lumbee):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  20. Nahasdzáán Nihimá / Mother Earth (Contemporary Navajo):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma
  21. Beautiful Great One (Contemporary Ojibwe):Musical note mp3Windows Media Audio wma

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