Native North America Vol. 1 - 1966 - 1985 Canada First Nations Country Folk Rock - Sealed 180 Grm 3LP Box Set + Book

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Various - Native North America Vol. 1

Label: Light In The Attic –
Format: 3 × Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 25 Nov 2014
Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Folk Rock

•Deluxe 3xLP set includes 60 page book with comprehensive liner notes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and lyrics (with translations), housed in a “Tip-On” slip case with three “Tip-On” jackets


A1 Willie Dunn - I Pity The Country
A2 John Angaiak - I'll Rock You To The Rhythm Of The Ocean
A3 Sugluk - Fall Away
A4 Sikumiut - Sikumiut
A5 Willie Thrasher - Spirit Child
A6 Willy Mitchell - Call Of The Moose

B1 Lloyd Cheechoo - James Bay
B2 Alexis Utatnaq - Maqaivvigivalauqtavut
B3 Brian Davey - Dreams Of Ways
B4 Morley Loon - N'Doheeno
B5 Peter Frank - Little Feather
B6 Ernest Monias - Tormented Soul

C1 Eric Landry - Out Of The Blue
C2 David Campbell - Sky-Man And The Moon
C3 Willie Dunn - Son Of The Sky
C4 Shingoose - Silver River
Words By – Duke Redbird
C5 Willy Mitchell And Desert River - Band Kill'n Your Mind

D1 Phillippe McKenzie - Mistashipu
D2 Willie Thrasher - Old Man Carver
D3 Lloyd Cheechoo - Winds Of Change
D4 Chieftones -The I Shouldn't Have Did What I Done
D5 Sugluk - I Didn't Know
D6 Lawrence Martin - I Got My Music

E1 Gordon Dick - Siwash Rock
E2 Willy Mitchell And Desert River Band - Birchbark Letter
E3 William Tagoona Anaanaga
E4 Leland Bell - Messenger
E5 Saddle Lake - Drifting Cowboys Modern Rock
E6 Willie Thrasher - We Got To Take You Higher

F1 Sikumiut - Utirumavunga
F2 Sugluk - Ajuinnarasuarsunga
F3 John Angaiak - Hey, Hey, Hey, Brother
F4 Groupe Folklorique - Montagnais Tshekuan Mak Tshetutamak
F5 Willie Dunn - Peruvian Dream (Part 2)Featuring – Jerry Saddleback

Like any great compilation, the breadth of sounds and stories captured on Native North America (Vol. 1) extends far beyond its 34 songs. This staggering set, subtitled Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985, culls a wealth of music from far-flung corners of Canada and the northern U.S. While several selections have been plucked from the CBC Records catalog — plus the internationally renowned Willie Dunn, whose devastating “I Pity The Country” leads off side one — others are unearthed from regional releases, private press obscurities, and an educational film with the artist uncredited. Spare singer-songwriter numbers are juxtaposed with the tumbling drum fills of Nunavik rockers Sugluk, subtle psychedelia of Eric Landry’s “Out of the Blue”, and synth flourishes of David Campbell’s “Sky-Man and The Moon” (in the style of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s electronic-dappled masterpiece, Illuminations). Six sides are far too much to digest in one sitting, yet repeated listens will familiarize standouts such as the sugary jangle of Sikumuit,

John Angaiak’s beautiful “Hey, Hey, Hey Brother” or Willie Thrasher’s high, Reed-y voice.
Other acts add an inspired spin on the sounds of the day, from the swinging beat of The Chieftones (Canada’s All Indian Band) to the dreamy new wave inspired instrumental from Edmonton’s Saddle Drifting Cowboys.
This labour of love from compiler Kevin “Sipreano” Howes is the result of 15 years of research, interviews and record excavation, with its 60-page liners adding crucial context to songs built on struggle and celebration. It’s unfortunate no female artists were included, but hopefully the next volume will correct this balance while continuing the momentous triumph. (JL)

Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history in the form of Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. An anthology of music that was once near-extinct and off-the-grid is now available for all to hear, in what is, without a doubt, Light In The Attic’s most ambitious and historically significant project in the label’s 12-year journey.

Native North America (Vol. 1) features music from the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States, recorded in the turbulent decades between 1966 to 1985. It represents the fusion of shifting global popular culture and a reawakening of Aboriginal spirituality and expression. The majority of this material has been widely unavailable for decades, hindered by lack of distribution or industry support and by limited mass media coverage, until now. You’ll hear Arctic garage rock from the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, melancholy Yup’ik folk from Alaska, and hushed country blues from the Wagmatcook First Nation reserve in Nova Scotia. You’ll hear echoes of Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, and more among the songs, but injected with Native consciousness, storytelling, poetry, history, and ceremony.

The stories behind the music presented on Native North America (Vol. 1) range from standard rock-and-roll dreams to transcendental epiphanies. They have been collected with love and respect by Vancouver-based record archaeologist and curator Kevin “Sipreano” Howes in a 15-year quest to unearth the history that falls between the notes of this unique music. Tirelessly, Howes scoured obscure, remote areas for the original vinyl recordings and the artists who made them, going so far as to send messages in Inuktitut over community radio airwaves in hopes that these lost cultural heroes would resurface.

With cooperation and guidance from the artists, producers, family members, and behind the scenes players, Native North America (Vol. 1) sheds real light on the painful struggles and deep traditions of the greater Indigenous community and the significance of its music. The songs speak of joy and spirituality, but also tell of real tragedy and strife, like that of Algonquin/Mohawk artist Willy Mitchell, whose music career was sparked by a bullet to the head from the gun of a trigger-happy police officer, or those of Inuk singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher, who was robbed of his family and traditional Inuit culture by the residential school system.

Considering the financially motivated destruction of our environment, the conservative political landscape, and corporate bottom-line dominance, it’s bittersweet to report that the revolutionary songs featured on Native North America hold as much meaning today as when they were originally recorded. Dedicated to legendary Métis singer-songwriter and poet Willie Dunn, featured on the anthology but who sadly passed away during its making,

Willie Dunn - I Pity the Country (1973)

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John Angaiak - I'll Rock You To The Rhythm Of The Ocean

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David Campbell - Sky-Man And The Moon

Quote: " In the Native American tradition of passing down stories about the origins of many things...some years ago I wrote this legend...accounting for the origin of northern lights...with Sky Man and Moon being principals...and
Sun the third member of the triangle."

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Sikumiut - Utirumavunga

It was recorded sometime in the 70's though. Most records by Inuit would have been recorded in Montreal. , he was a good generous guy, and extremely taltented.

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Siikumiut - Sikumiut

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john angaiak - hey hey hey brother

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Light In The Attic Docs Presents - Native North America (Vol. 1)

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Willy Mitchell and Desert River Band - Kill'n Your Mind
(Light In The Attic Records)

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Interview With Willie Thrasher

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Condition New
Format 3LP
Label Light In The Attic
Color Black