It’s Native American Heritage Month and we’re excited to share songs, crafts and lots of resources here. And don’t miss the Blog Hop Give-Away below. There are some beautiful children’s books on Native culture as well!
If you craft any of the easy instruments below, you can play along to Ride, Horse, Ride. In the song you’ll hear a pueblo drum (like the one pictured above), several Native rattles and a beautiful traditional flute. The lyrics are about listening to our animal friends so they can teach us important and valuable lessons. Enjoy!MP3 Download
Have you ever been to a pow-wow? If not, this post will tell you what to expect and how to enjoy it! Plus we have a link to a special national site where you can stay up-to-date with pow-wows that are right in your area. Check it out here:Native American Pow-Wow
MKBlogs features wonderful topics all year long. This month, the blog hop focuses on Native culture and has an incredible give-away featuring a wealth of great books for kids – plus other related goodies. Drop by the blog hop to view the articles or to enter the Rafflecopter to win these wonderful prizes.MKBlogs Blog Hop
Did you know that the North American continent is often called “Turtle Island”? Turtles figure prominently in the lore and legends of many Native American tribes across the USA and Canada. Reuse some recycled materials to create your own turtle shell-style rattle as part of your musical or cultural exploration.Turtle Shell Rattle Craft
All month we’ll be adding new videos here. We’ll be sharing great drum groups, beautiful dancers plus dance traditions and much more on our multicultural kids music video site, here:Native American Videos
Native North Americans have special rattles made from the toenails of deer. In South America, the toenails of goats or sheep are used for “chapchas”, a rattle you can hear throughout the traditional music of the Andes! Color, craft or learn about this unique indigenous rattle here:Color the Chapchas
Here are some great ways to explore the big drum whose voice is so often heard at Native American gatherings. Color, hear or make your own pow-wow drum and beater on this page:Pow-Wow Drum
HAVE WE MISSED YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC OR INSTRUMENT?
We’re always reaching out to learn more. Have we missed your favorite instrument, drum or type of music? Let us know and we may be able to research it and share it with the world in the upcoming months!
Drop me a line at dariamusic at yahoo dot com.
Wishing you a wonderful month of music and magic.
See you in December!
Love and Music,
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