This track returns us to a Native American perspective on history and myth. It informs us of the gradual erosion of their spoken languages as native communities have become increasingly assimilated into mainstream American culture. Less and less young people are using their traditional spoken languages which were mainly oral and not written. This has left them on the edge of extinction and resulted in a crisis of their cultural identity.
These Native voices explain their sense of marginalisation through their confinement to their reserva- tions. We hear of their current political struggles for land rites and the problems created by the advent of the native owned Casinos. These have brought them wealth and helped them to raise money to fight lawsuits to try and reclaim their land; but they are also seen negatively as a ‘selling off’ of their culture and are counter to their traditions and beliefs. This is a controversial subject that provokes many positive and negative opinions that has a far reaching affect on their communities.
This collection of stories is married with a flowing vibraphone solo by NYC musician Sean McCall who is a celebrated subway musician in Manhattan and also a collaborator with the composer Philip Glass.
from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore
released September 28, 2014
Documentary Interviews taken from recordings by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Rainbow at Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, Fonda, New York, The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca, New York, The Ronathahonni Cultural Center, Cornwall Island, Ontario & around the City of Troy, New York 2007.
Narrative Editing : Christopher Thomas Allen
Vibraphone : Sean McCaul
Drums : Pat Rock
Double Bass : Tom Mayer
Music Arrangement : Tim Cowie
Additional Post-Production : Malcolm Litson
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer : Ben Allen
Music Producer : Christopher Thomas Allen