The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 833: Alternative indigenous

Over the last decade, there have been some very, very, very long overdue attempts at reconciliation with the First Nations and indigenous people of North America. There’s still a long, long way to go, of course, but at least the process has begun.

The treatment of indigenous peoples makes for ugly history. However, there are some positives, too. For example, we’ve been learning more about First Nations music and the role people who identify as Native Canadians and Americans have played in the world of rock. Some are full-fledged First Nations people. Others have at least some native blood.

A few are well-known while others have been hiding in plain sight. I think it’s time we go through some of their contributions to our music.

Songs on this program:

A Tribe Called Red, Stadium Pow Wow

Link Wray, Rumble

Robbie Robertson, Somewhere Down the Crazy River

Kashtin, Tshinanu

Blackfire, Indian-Alien

Testament, Trail of Tears

Midnight Shine, Here I Am

Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq, You Got to Run

Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Warriors

Eric has this playlist for us.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 833: Alternative indigenous

  • November 3, 2018 at 8:24 am

    You neglected to mention Redbone, the first Native American group to have a Number 1 single.


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