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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.