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The USC Music Library has a good collection of monographs and sound recordings relating to the folk music of Native Americans and indigenous peoples of North America. The following bibliography lists general sources and tribes grouped by geographic region. To learn more on about Native Americans and their music, click on the Grove link under each group's bibliography.

Slavey Cree Sioux South Plains Yurok Nootka Ute Cherokee Hopi Navajo Choctaw Pueblo Creek Zapotec Seminole Algonquian North Plains Iroquois Flathead Dakota Zuni Kiowa Apache Ottawa Cheyenne & Winnebago Ojibwa & Chippewa



1. Algonquian
2. Apache
3. Cherokee
4. Cheyenne
5. Choctaw
6. Cree
7. Creek
8. Dakota
9. Flathead
10. Hopi
11. Iroquois
12. Kiowa
13. Kwakiutl-Nootka
14. Navajo
15. Northern Arapaho
16. Northern Plains
17. Meskwaki
18. Ojibwa/Chippewa
19. Onondaga
20. Ottawa
21. Pueblo
22. Seminole
23. Seneca
24. Sioux
25. Slavey
26. South Plains
27. Ute
28. Winnebago
29. Yurok
30. Zuni
31. Zapotec



General Sources

A Cry from the Earth: Music of the North American Indians. FC7777 Folkways Records. LP. 1979.
LP 5055

Authentic Music of the American Indian. 3450/3 S3830 Everest. LP. 1970?.
LP 13677

Baker, Theodore. On the Music of the North American Indians. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1977.
ML 3557 .B213 1977

Densmore, Frances. The American Indians and their Music. New York, NY: The Womans press, 1936.
ML 3557 .D362 1936

Discovering American Indian Music. Video Cassette. 199-.
Video Cassette 162

Hofmann, Charles. American Indians Sing. New York, NY: John Day Co, 1967.
ML 3557 .H68

________. War Whoops and Medicine Songs. Boston, MA: Boston Music Co., 1952.
M1669 .H7 W3

Levine, Victoria Lindsay. Writing American Indian Music: Historic transcriptions, notations, and arrangements. Middleton, WI.: A-R Editions, Inc., 2002.
M 2.3 .U6 R4 v.44

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Canada (Cree, Kwakiutl-Nootka, Slavey)

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2
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Creation's Journey: Native American Music. CD Sf 40410, SF40410 Smithsonian/Folkways. CD. 1994.
Compact Disc 3297

Read about the music of Native Canadian Indians at Grove Music Online.
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Four Corners (Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, Zuni)

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2
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Farewell, Orem, and Cadman. NW 213 New World Records. LP. 1977.
LP 4199

Hopi Katcina Songs: And six other songs by Hopi chanters. FE 4394 Folkways. LP. 1964.
LP 1677
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McAllester, David P. Peyote Music. New York, NY: Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1964.
ML 3557 .M3 1964

Music of the American Indian. New York, NY :Olympic Records. LP. 1976.
LP 12746

Native American. RGNET 1029 CD World Music. CD. 1999.
Compact Disc 9435

Songs of Earth, Water, Fire, and Sky. NW 246 New World. LP. 1976.
LP 4114
Listen!

Read about the music of Tribes of The Four Corners at Grove Music Online.
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Great Lakes (Algonquian, Meskwaki, Ojibwa/Chippewa, Ottawa)

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2

Densomore, Frances. Chippewa Music. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1972.
ML 3557 .D355 1972 v.1 & v.2

Chippewa: War dance songs for pow-wow. C-6082 Canyon Records. 1971.
ML 5204

Songs and Dances of Great Lake Indians. Folkways Records FE 4003. LP. 1956
LP 1676
Listen!

Vennum, Thomas. The Ojibwa Dance: Its history and construction. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982
ML 1035 .V46 1982

Read about the music of the Great Lakes Indians at Grove Music Online.
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Mexico (Zapotec)

Creation's Journey: Native American Music. CD Sf 40410, SF40410 Smithsonian/Folkways. CD. 1994.
Compact Disc 3297

Read about the music of Zapotec Indians at Grove Music Online.
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New York (Iroquois: Onondaga, Seneca)

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2

Songs of Earth, Water, Fire, and Sky. NW 246 New World. LP. 1976.
LP 4114
Listen!

Read about the music of the Indians of the New York area at Grove Music Online.
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North Plains (Dakota & Sioux)

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2

Music of the American Indian. New York, NY :Olympic Records. LP. 1976.
LP 12746

Songs of Earth, Water, Fire, and Sky. NW 246 New World. LP. 1976.
LP 4114
Listen!

Read about the music of the North Plains Indians at Grove Music Online.
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Northwest (Flathead, Kiowa, Yurok, Ute)

Merriam, Alan P. Ethnomusicology of the Flathead Indians. Chicago, IL: Aldine Pub. Co., 1967.
ML 3557 .M49

________. Flathead Indian Music; Report on Field Research, Summer 1950. n.p., 195-.
ML 3557 .M5

Music of the American Indian. New York, NY :Olympic Records. LP. 1976.
LP 12746

Songs of Earth, Water, Fire, and Sky. NW 246 New World. LP. 1976.
LP 4114
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Read about the music of Northwest Indians at Grove Music Online.
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Southeast (Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, & Seminole)

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2

Densmore, Frances. Choctaw Music. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1972.
ML 3557 .D3554

Native American. RGNET 1029 CD World Music. CD. 1999.
Compact Disc 9435

Songs of Earth, Water, Fire, and Sky. NW 246 New World. LP. 1976.
LP 4114
Listen!

Read about the music of the Southeast Indians at Grove Music Online.
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South Plains (Apache)

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2

Creation's Journey: Native American Music. CD Sf 40410, SF40410 Smithsonian/Folkways. CD. 1994.
Compact Disc 3297
Listen!

Songs of Earth, Water, Fire, and Sky. NW 246 New World. LP. 1976.
LP 4114

Read about the music of the Apache Indians at Grove Music Online.
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Cheyenne & Winnebago

An Anthology of North American Indian and Eskimo Music. FE 4541, FE 4541AB, FE 4541CD, F-4541 Smithsonian Folkways. CD. 2001.
Compact Disc 4633 Discs 1 & 2
Listen!

Authentic Music of the American Indian. 3450/3 S3830 Everest. LP. 1970?.
LP 13677
Listen!

Music of the American Indian. New York, NY :Olympic Records. LP. 1976.
LP 12746

Read about the music of Cheyenne and Winnebago Indians at Grove Music Online.
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