Aww…Monday’s Music Moves Me

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Monday’s Music Moves Me

This week at 4M the theme is Native American music and artists. Growing up in Oklahoma, everyone in Oklahoma believed that they had some Native American ancestral connection. Between 1830 and 1850 Oklahoma was the resettlement destination of what was known as the Five Civilized Tribes from the southeastern United States. Time does not permit me to tell the entire story here, but let’s just say it was a series of resettlements (forced marches) that resulted in the confiscation of Indian lands and the  deaths of thousands of Native Americans. Oklahoma was designated as the new Indian Territory.  These five tribes, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole still maintain separate governing bodies within the state. Musically, Native American artists have been involved in virtually every genre of music, so today I will feature a few, both popular and lesser known.

The first artist is Johnny Curtis. Curtis is of Apache descent and is primarily a gospel artist. In October 2008 Chief Curtis received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Music Association in Niagara Falls, New York. He is also two time Native American Music Awards winner.

In October 2008 Chief Curtis received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Music Association in Niagara Falls, New York. He is also two time Native American Music Awards winner.

Martha Redbone is an American blues and soul singer of part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African-American descent. She has won awards for her contemporary Native American music. Her music is a mix of rhythm and blues, and soul music influences, fused with elements of traditional Native American music.

One of the most popular artists of Natiave American Descent (Cherokee) is Rita Coolidge.

The final entry in this Native American artist collection is Marty Robins (Cherokee) and his most popular song of all was El Paso. Have a blessed week.

17 thoughts on “Aww…Monday’s Music Moves Me

  1. I enjoyed my research for this topic, and you obviously did, also. I found the same when I lived in Wichita, Kansas; everyone seemed to claim Native American ancestry and was proud of it. When I lived in Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border, my husband and I visited Muskogee (I remember the street signs being in both English and Cherokee) and attended a pow wow in Tahlequah. I have heard of Rita Coolidge and remember “El Paso”, the other two artists were new to me.

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  2. Marie Moody

    Oh my goodness, now the only song I knew was “Marty Robbins”! My mama use to play this tune on her stereo because she had his record. hahaha! Thank you, my friend. It was like sitting on the couch being with my mama all over again! Have a great day! You’re very special!!! hugs and have a great day!

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  3. Driller,

    Your Awww Mondays photo cracked me up! The pup looks like she had an epic perm fail. I’ve had a few of those in my life but thankfully I do not have any pictures capturing those not so fine moments in my past. lol

    Your first two artist shares are introductions for which I thank you for turning my ear to them. I especially enjoyed Johnny Curtis and plan to check out more of his tunes on YT. I had no idea Rita Coolidge is Cherokee but I can see ancestry line now that you opened my eyes. I do believe I read in my own research that Marty Robbins is part Indian. Excellent playset. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with the 4M Crew today, my friend. I’m using my Twitter sign-in since I”m having issues with WP. If you haven’t seen any comments then that’s why. I’m leaving comments but they aren’t showing. 🙂

    Indian Mewsicians Who Rock

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  4. This is outstanding!! Great examples. I had forgotten all about Rita Coolidge. What a talent she is.
    You hit it right about Oklahoma, it seems like all the people here think they have some sort of Native American blood. My father thought he had Native American blood in his family. (He grew up in South Dakota.)
    Ancestry dot com has really blown holes in lots of such beliefs. Myself, I have no Native American blood but I do have north African (surprise surprise).
    And of course the various tribes are understandably sensitive to people making claims of tribal membership based on dna tests.



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