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Cherokee Dance
Cherokee Dance : Ceremonial Dances & Dance Regalia
by Donald Sizemore

Reviewer: A reader
This book is great! It has descriptions of costumes of dances which will help me with my dance ceremonies. THIS BOOK IS GREAT!

Walking On the Wind
Medicine of the Cherokee
Medicine of the Cherokee: The Way of Right Relationship

Editorial Reviews
"We have much yet to learn from the plants about taking care of our health; from the animals about survival; and from the birds about our spirit freedom." This is the attitude of eager openness toward nature that imbues Medicine of the Cherokee. If you thought that Native American wisdom was dead and gone, father and son Garrett will happily change your mind. They present the "medicine" of the Cherokee through easily accessible virtues, principles, and folktales that illuminate the intertwined basis of our relationships with nature and with each other.

Walking On the Wind

Music from a Painted Cave

Music from a Painted Cave is the live concert recording from the like-named PBS television special. Here, composer, flautist, and vocalist Robert Mirabal joins up with the soulfully skilled band he calls the Rare Tribal Mob. Together, they move into an exciting musical territory where traditional native music seamlessly fuses with tasteful acoustic rock. Mirabal and the Mob perform just over an hour of music, including both new songs and reinterpretations of older favorites such as "Medicine Man" and "Painted Caves," both of which appear on the stellar Taos Tales. Cello, guitars, bass, and percussion weave a solid, challenging, and engaging web in which Mirabal's deceptively simple songs grow particularly powerful. Innovative and magical, Music from a Painted Cave invites the listener to engage in a sonic celebration of native culture. --Paige La Grone
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And Still the Waters Run

It paints a clear picture of the Native American betrayals, October 1, 1999

Reviewer: A reader from Stillwater, OK
Angie really tells it like it was. She uncovered all of the horrible truths from the basement of the Interior. This book tells all about what they wouldn't teach in school, and the government cover-ups. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the truth.

And Still the Waters Run

Spirit: A Journey In Dance, Drums, and Song (Video)

Weaving Native American mythology, music, dance, and rituals into a stage presentation augmented for television and home video, Spirit: A Journey in Dance, Drums, and Song suggests a New World counterpart to Riverdance, aimed at the same audience that made Bill Whelan's Celtic extravaganza a programming staple for PBS fund drives and a perennial seller in music and home video.

Both projects also share substantial links to New Age music and mysticism. Buffett, who has focused on such a fusion in prior music, video, and multimedia projects, uses his core ensemble of synthesizers and conventional rhythm section to provide orchestral drama and sweep to the largely minor-keyed score. Native American flutes, percussion, and chant provide the music's evocative sense of identity, while Chief Hawk Pope's narration underlines the production's yearning for a simpler age of harmony with nature, while framing the dance sequences with various tribal legends.

As directed and choreographed by Wayne Cilento, the pieces pointedly begin with an "Urban Overture" in which members of the troupe, dressed in suits, evoke the regimentation and discord of the modern world, punctuated with chirping cell phones, car horns, and mechanical rhythms. Gradually, group and lead dancers loosen up both visually and stylistically to convey more fluid movement. In addition to those members combining ballet and jazz movements with elements of tribal dance, Cilento employs vividly costumed Native American dancers, much as Buffett strategically deploys costumed native musicians and chorus. Extensive use of montage allows natural symbols and scenes to be grafted over the stage-bound elements of the 75-minute performance. Ethnomusicologists may regard this as something of a pastiche, but that's probably the point--Spirit is designed as a romantic, pan-tribal evocation of the continent's pre-European culture and beliefs.
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Spirit (LIVE)
By Peter Buffet

Imagine Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with a Native American motif and you have a fair gauge of Peter Buffett's intentions on Spirit, a live recording of a 1998 stage production involving more than 80 drummers, dancers, and musicians. (Originally aired on public television, Spirit is now on video.) Most of Buffett's keyboard-driven, percussion-fueled compositions are live renderings of works from his intriguing 1997 release, Spirit Dance, his most recent ode to Native culture. The energized live setting (at times involving a female youth choir, Native American singers, Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, and, impressively, guitarist Peter Maunu) serves Buffett's atmospheric work well as it traces a theme of personal transformation guided by Native spirits. Spirit may not fully match the sustained sensory impact of Pink Floyd's opus, but it offers several riveting moments--the percussion-heavy reworking of "Firedance," his brief contribution to Kevin Costner's film Dances with Wolves, the exultant "Passage," and a lost gem from Buffett's catalog, the plaintive, piano-based "New West." --Terry Wood
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The Cherokee Sacred Calendar: A Handbook of the Ancient Native American Tradition

by Raven Hail

Raven Hail, an elder of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, divulges the secret Cherokee system of astrology in The Cherokee Sacred Calendar. With an easy-to-use chart and graph, readers are able to decipher which of 20 "day" signs he or she may be (Flint, Eagle, Deer, Redbird, etc.), which, like more familiar forms of astrology, describe the characteristics of an individual's personality. Also, each day has one of 13 numbers associated with it to further describe the individual. In explaining the Sacred Venus Calendar of Natal Days, the author offers insightful and amusing information concerning the whole pantheon of Cherokee cosmology. Wondrous beliefs abound, such as that every sentient being--whether rock, turtle, or tree--is the reflection of a star and that The People came from the Pleiades. The beauty and wisdom contained in this fascinating resource of indigenous tradition are undeniable. --P. Randall Cohan
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