Tuesday, August 5, 2014

More About Today's Video

Today's track features the Taino language in a prayer dedication--it is a dialect of the same Arawak language that was spoken by the Lucayo people of what is now The Bahamas, the first peoples that Columbus and crews stumbled upon in late 1492.  It comes from the only powwow group that had a majority of native people from the Caribbean, the now defunct Arawak Mountain Singers, headed by Al Bold Eagle (of both Taino and Mexica (Aztec) descent).  The managed to record two full albums, before Bold Eagle found the group Otter Trail, which recorded one album (more about them at a later date).  An abbreviated version of this track can be found on their debut album, pictured below, "Honoring The Ancient Ones."

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