Category Archives: Native American Music

Sharing in the Spirit of the Native American Flute

Sharing in the Spirit of the Native American Flute

Almost everyone remembers the first time he or she heard the hauntingly beautiful tones of the Native American flute. A vital part of important ceremonies and events, flute music encouraged Native Americans to meditate and contemplate life just as their 21st-century counterparts do. Of special importance to young men who wanted to express their tender thoughts as they… Continue Reading

Native American Drums and the Meaning of Their Beats

Native American Drums and the Meaning of Their Beats

Music holds an important role in Native American culture, used for various purposes, including recreation, healing, and expression. Complex and rich with emotion, Native American music is touted as intricate and interesting. Though Native Americans use various instruments to create music, perhaps the most well-known is the drum. Native American drums symbolize and express their… Continue Reading

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Gourds are crafted by Native American artisans and they have been utilized to make many items, including birdhouses, pottery, and musical instruments. The gifting of a gourd rattle is a spiritual tradition; the rattle must be handled with care, as it is highly symbolic. Here we describe the histories of a few of the gourd… Continue Reading