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Music for The Native Americans
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedOctober 4, 1994
Recorded1994
GenreNative American music, World music
Length54:17
LabelCapitol
ProducerRobbie Robertson
Robbie Robertson chronology
Storyville
(1991)
Music for The Native Americans
(1994)
Contact from the Underworld of RedBoy
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Rolling Stone[2]
Uncut6/10[3]

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.[4] 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

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

Charts

Chart performance for Music for The Native Americans
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 62
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[6] 50
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 23

References

  1. ^ "Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble - Music for the Native Americans". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Archived October 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Robbie Robertson: Buyer's Guide". Uncut. November 2023. p. 90.
  4. ^ Soundtrack of The Native Americans at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 237.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble – The Native Americans". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble – The Native Americans". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 12, 2022.