Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 33: Powwow Music


Welcome to a special celebration of Native American Heritage Month on Episode #33 of Busy Kids Love Music Podcast! In honor of the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Native people, we are dedicating this episode to the vibrant world of Powwow Music. Join me on a musical journey that explores the significance of music in modern Native American powwows, shedding light on the differences between Northern and Southern styles, uncovering the essence of the honor beat, and delving into the crucial role of the Master of Ceremonies.

November is a time to celebrate the resilience and heritage of Native communities, and what better way to do so than by immersing ourselves in the rhythms and melodies that echo through powwows? Learn about the unique traditions, artistry, and spirit that make Native American Heritage Month a momentous occasion.

Powwow music is a tapestry woven with distinct styles, each carrying its own cultural significance. In this episode, we’ll explore the differences between the Northern and Southern styles of powwow music, from the drumming patterns to the dance styles that accompany them. Get ready to be transported to the heart of these cultural expressions.

Discover the power and symbolism behind the honor beat, a rhythmic heartbeat that resonates through powwow music. Learn how this sacred element pays tribute to the history, traditions, and the profound respect Native communities hold for their heritage.

The heartbeat of a powwow lies not just in the drums but also in the skilled guidance of the Master of Ceremonies. Explore the vital role this figure plays in orchestrating the powwow, from announcing dancers to maintaining the flow of the event. Gain insight into the cultural significance of this role and its importance in preserving the authenticity of the powwow experience.

Join me in Episode #33 as we celebrate the captivating world of Powwow Music, embracing the rhythms, stories, and traditions that have been passed down through generations. It’s a tribute to the resilience and cultural wealth of Native communities, and I invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty of this musical celebration.

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Episode 6: Instruments in Native American Music

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Stoney Creek Drum Circle

Poundmakers Tribute Song

One of the Smoothest Songs Around 

Young Spirit Flag Song

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 33

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with eight performances of Native American powwow music — including a Grand Entry and a Flag Song!  Check it out here.

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