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Traditional Songs of the Salt River Pima

Traditional Songs of the Salt River Pima

by Earl Ray

The 'Akimel 'O'odham (meaning the "River People"), formerly known as the Pimas, live in the deserts of Arizona on the Salt River and Gila River Reservations. As some of the oldest residents of the American Southwest, the 'Akimel 'O'odham trace much of their agriculturally-rooted culture to the ancient Hohokam people. A member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa tribe, Early Ray (known in Pima as Lo:dac) is a singer, linguist, and tribal activist and is currently the only one who reads and writes the Salt River Pima dialect. On this recording, Earl sings a collection of rare and historic songs evoking the rich mythology and cultural pageantry of the 'Akimel 'O'odham. Includes detailed notes, translations and transliteration of Sal River Pima words.

38:56 minutes 2005

 

 

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CATEGORY: Pueblo/Pima/Zuni
 
 
 

1 Mu:vic
The Point Song
 
2 Cu:k Ce:vag
Black Cloud
 
3 Ko:magi Ve:mgal
The Coyote Song
 
4 Ho' ok
The Cripple Song
   
5 Nanakmel Ha- Ki
The Bat's Cave
   
6 S-wam Va:vas
The Yellow Bird Song
   
7 Wa: Ne'i
Basket Dance
   
8 Hascud Hiosik
What Kind of Flower?
   
9 Vipsimal
The Hummingbird Song
   
10 Tas Oicuk Hoigedak
The Evening Song
   
11 Ku:gik
The Going Home Song
   
 
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