Music for The Native Americans

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Music for The Native Americans
Soundtrack album by Robbie Robertson
Released October 4, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Native American music, World music
Length 54:17
Label Capitol
Producer Robbie Robertson
Robbie Robertson chronology
Music for The Native Americans
Contact from the Underworld of RedBoy
(1998)Contact from the Underworld of RedBoy1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[1]
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

Music for The Native Americans is a 1994 album by Robbie Robertson, compiling music written by Robertson and other colleagues (billed as the Red Road Ensemble) for the television documentary film The Native Americans.[3] The album was Robertson's first foray into writing music specifically inspired by his Mohawk heritage. Robertson brought in his son Sebastian Robertson to handle the drums on "Golden Feather", "Skinwalker", "It Is a Good Day to Die" and "Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood". His daughter Delphine Robertson sings backing vocals on "Coyote Dance".

Track listing[edit]

The album is compiled as a soundtrack, being credited to a variety of musicians. Songs listed below are credited to Robertson unless otherwise specified.

  1. "Coyote Dance" (Dave Pickell, Jim Wilson) - (4:07)
  2. "Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song)" (Pura Fé) - Ulali (4:17)
  3. "Ghost Dance" (Robertson, Jim Wilson) - (5:12)
  4. "The Vanishing Breed" (Robertson, Douglas Spotted Eagle) - (4:39)
  5. "It Is a Good Day to Die" - (5:46)
  6. "Golden Feather" - (5:22)
  7. "Akua Tuta" (Claude McKenzie, Florent Vollant) - Kashtin (4:51)
  8. "Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood" - (4:52)
  9. "Cherokee Morning Song" - Rita Coolidge - (2:58)
  10. "Skinwalker" (Robertson, Patrick Leonard) - (5:56)
  11. "Ancestor Song" (Traditional) - Ulali (2:54)
  12. "Twisted Hair" (Jim Wilson) - Robbie Robertson and Bonnie Jo Hunt (3:23)