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Early Flute Recording Discography

This page provides a discography of early recordings of Native American flutes. It is the work of Steve Bliven.

Folk Music in America, V. II: Songs of Love, Courtship and Marriage
Date issued: Unknown
Recording company: Library of Congress Music Division Recording
Recording ID #: LBC 2
Edited by: Richard K. Spottswood
Performer(s): John Okimase
Two Menominee Flute Songs are found on Band 3. Recording date unknown.

Available on cassette through Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540-4690. For more information see www.loc.gov/folklife/folkcat.html#top.


Folk Music of the US from the Archive of Folk-song. Plains: Comanche, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Caddo, Wichita, Pawnee
Date issued: Unknown
Recording company: Library of Congress Music Division Recording
Recording ID #: AFS L39
Recorded by: Willard Rhodes
Performer(s): Belo Kozad (Kiowa)
Band 10 is listed as "Kiowa Story of the Flute" and Band 11 is listed as "Kiowa Love Song".

Recorded between 1940 - 1952.

Available on cassette through Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540-4690. For more information see www.loc.gov/folklife/folkcat.html#top.


Folk Music of the US from the Archive of Folk-song: Sioux
Date issued: Unknown
Recording company: Library of Congress Music Division Recording
Recording ID #: AFS L40
Recorded by: Willard Rhodes
Performer(s): John Coloff
Band 7 is listed as "Love Songs." Recorded between 1940 - 52.

Available on cassette through Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540-4690. For more information see www.loc.gov/folklife/folkcat.html#top.


Music of the Sioux and the Navajo
Date issued: 1949
Recording company: Folkways Smithsonian
Recording ID #: F-4401
Recorded by: Willard Rhodes
Performer(s): John Coloff
A Sioux love song is played on Side 1, Band 4(a). Rhodes suggests the song reflects "the influence of white culture, [and] leads one to date the song in the last half of the nineteenth century".

Originally issued as Folkways Ethnic FE-4401. Reissued on CD or Cassette through The Smithsonian at www.folkways.si.edu.


Music of the World's Peoples, Volume 2
Date issued: 1952
Recording company: Folkways Smithsonian
Recording ID #: F-04505
Recorded by: Unknown (Willard Rhodes?)
Performer(s): John Coloff
Song listed as "Courting Melody Flute Solo"

Originally issued as Folkways Ethnic P-505. Reissued on CD or Cassette through The Smithsonian at www.folkways.si.edu.


Songs and Dances of the Flathead Indians
Date issued: 1953
Recording company: Folkways Smithsonian
Recording ID #: F-4445
Recorded by: Alan P. and Barbara W. Merriam
Performer(s): Jerome Vanderburg
Side 1, Band 5 includes two love songs played on a flute made "from a short piece of nickel tubing".

Recorded in the summer of 1950 "in the Arlee area of the Flathead Indian Reservation". Related article in The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 37, n. 3, July 1951, entitled "Flathead Indian Instruments and Their Music."

Originally issued as Folkways Ethnic FE-4445. Reissued on CD or Cassette through The Smithsonian at www.folkways.si.edu.


Songs and Dances of the Great Lakes Indians
Date issued: 1956
Recording company: Folkways Smithsonian
Recording ID #: F-4003
Recorded by: Gertrude Prokosch Kurath
Performer(s): Wilson Roberts (Meskwaki)
Side 1, Band 1(f) consists of a "Love Song for Flute (Don't Leave Me)". It is described as follows, "This wandering melody in four-tone scale typifies the Indian courtship music. It is called 'Don't Leave Me". It was played on a "typical Woodland lover's flute, of two half cylinders of wood glued together, with six holes spaced three and three,..".

Recorded in 1952.

Wilson Roberts (Meswaki of Tama, Iowa) was "one of the few flute players". He died in 1952.

Originally issued as Folkways Ethnic FE-4003. Reissued on CD or Cassette through The Smithsonian at www.folkways.si.edu.


War Whoops and Medicine Songs
Date issued: 1964
Recording company: Folkways/Smithsonian
Recording ID #: F-4381
Recorded by: Charles Hoffman
Performer(s): Roi Clearwater (Chippewa), Blow Snake (Sam Carly)
Winnebago songs by Blow Snake (Sam Carly) on Side 1, Bands 10 - 12. Two love songs and "Song of the Unfaithful Woman". Chippewa love songs and flute melodies by Roi Clearwater on Side 2, Bands 12 - 15.

Dates songs recorded not provided.

Companion book with same title published in 1952 by The Boston Music Company.

Originally issued as Folkways Ethnic FE-4381. Reissued on CD or Cassette through The Smithsonian at www.folkways.si.edu.


Cry From the Earth: Music of the North American Indians
Date issued: 1979
Recording company: Folkways Smithsonian
Recording ID #: 37777
Recorded by: Various
Edited by: John Bierhorst
Performer(s): Various
Flute music includes:
  1. "Flute Call" played by John Coloff; described as a demonstration of what the instrument could do. Collected by Willard Rhodes about 1941. (Also on "Music of the Sioux and Navajo" listed above)
  2. "Lonesome Flute" played by Jim Tiger; Collected by Frank G, Speck about 1900. From a wax cylinder (transferred to tape) at the Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University. PRE-54-(141)-F, ATL-1946.2 Several other vocal songs are presented in which the singers refer to flutes or imitate flute music.

    Issued on CD or Cassette through The Smithsonian at www.folkways.si.edu.


Comanche Flute Music played by Doc Tate Nevaguaya
Date issued: 1979
Recording company: Folkways/Smithsonian
Recording ID #: F-4328
Recorded by: Verna Gillis
Performer(s): Doc Tate Nevaguaya
Includes the following songs:
  • I Saw an Eagle Fly
  • Edmund Wayne Song
  • When the Moon is Full
  • Riding Song
  • Flute Wind Song
  • Omaha Wind Song
  • Foolsbull's Song
  • Comanche Riding Song
  • 49 song
  • Jesus I Always Want to be Near to You
  • Comanche Moon
  • Round Dance Song

Recorded in July 1978.

Originally issued as Folkways Ethnic FE-4328. Reissued on CD or Cassette through The Smithsonian at www.folkways.si.edu.


 
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