American Indian Music

American Indian Music is typically comprised of the tribal music or the musical practices of the American Indians or the Native Americans across the United States and Canada . In the recent times, the American Indians have developed distinct genres of their music that includes rock, blues, hip hop, classical, film music, reggae, and popular pan-tribal styles like waila (chicken scratch).

Vocalization is typical feature of American Indian Music. Vocal American Indian Music includes solo, choral song, responsorial, unison and multipart singing. American Indian singers typically sing in their native languages or tribal languages.

Percussions, drums, rattles, and flutes are important musical instruments of the American Indian Music. Percussion, especially drums and rattles, is used to keep the rhythm steady for the singers, and flutes are used to bring melody to the music. Iroquois drums were often filled with water to give them a distinctive sound different from the drums of other tribes.

Traditional American Indian Music usually begins with slow and steady beat, but the beat gradually grows faster and more emphatic. Traditional drum, rattle tremolos, shouts and accented patterns are typical features of Traditional American Indian Music.

Seneca music is very rhythmic and consists mostly of drumming and lively singing. Flutes were commonly used to woo women in the Seneca tribe. A young Seneca man would play beautiful flute music outside his girlfriend's longhouse at night to show her he was missing her.

Vocables (lexically meaningless syllables) and untranslatable elements are the common part of most of the Native American Indian songs. Often they mark the beginning and end of phrases, or they are featured in the sections or the entire songs. Some translatable songs of the American Indian Music include historical songs, like the Navajo "Shi' naasha' that celebrates the end of Navajo internment in Fort Sumter , New Mexico in 1868. The music also includes Tribal flag songs and national anthems that were frequently sung at public ceremonies, especially powwows.

The American Indian Music also includes a range of courtship songs, dancing songs, and many songs celebrating harvest, planting season or other important times of year. Some of the popular Native American or Canadian tunes include "Amazing Grace, " Dixie ", "Jambalaya" and "Sugar in the Morning".