Such a Good Feeling to Know You’re Alive

One last musical visit with Native American tribes from the Southwestern United States to end the week. Athabaskan tribes such as the Navajo and the Apache sing their fast, percussion-heavy songs with vocals that are notably nasal (sort of like the tribes of the Plains, about whom we’ll learn below) and don’t have any accompanying harmony. Sometimes the Apache use the “Tsii’edo’a’tl” (meaning “wood that sings,”) which is known as “the Apache fiddle.”  In this video watch Mr. Rogers — yes, that Mr. Rogrrs — visit Tom O’Horgan — yes, that Tom O’Horan — and learn about his incredible collection of inigenous peoples’ instruments from around this world.

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