Native American Music Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American music resources across the internet that focus on music that is used, created or performed by Indigenous peoples of North America, including Native Americans in the United States and Aboriginal peoples in Canada, Indigenous peoples of Mexico, and other North American countries.

  • AIROS Native Network
    A web-based aggregate site for audio and video content by, for and about Native producers, artists, and performers.
  • American Indian Band Music
    Features the works of Brent Michael Davids, a Native American band composer.
  • American Indian Music and Sound | Smithsonian Music
    This spotlight celebrates the rich and varied musical traditions of Native American cultures by highlighting some of the musical resources and collections objects cared for by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
    A cknowledges and honours the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of Aboriginal music, and continues to develope and promote the diversity of all Aboriginal music and celebrate the excellence of Aboriginal music and to recognize the unique vision of Aboriginal musicians and encourage this rich cultural voice.
  • Dakota/Lakota Singing
    Offers collection of Dakota songs complete pow wow listings for Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota.
  • DANCING TO EAGLE SPIRIT SOCIETY ~ Serving the two spirited community and their allies
    The purpose of the society is to advance Native American healing and spiritual principles for aboriginal and non-aboriginal people who self identify as two spirit persons. To educate the public on the Sweat lodge ceremony and other Native American spiritual practices.
  • The Densmore Project: Music of the Native Peoples of North America
    In collaboration with the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, American anthropologist and ethnographer amassed a collection of thousands of song recordings, including twenty-four hundred transcribed songs housed in the Library of Congress. This is 70 of the songs that can be listed to online.
  • First Nations Composer Initiative
    First Nations Composer Initiative (FNCI) is dedicated to the encouragement and propagation of American Indian music and musical traditions in all its forms by increasing the appreciation, understanding, and facilitation of Native American music for future generations of Native Americans and for the enjoyment of audiences everywhere and in all media.
  • Gathering of Nations Radio
    Native American music past to present on iHeart Radio.
  • Healing Songs of the American Indians
    When some American Indian medicine men and women were called upon to heal an ailing tribesmember, they would fast in order to receive a song in dream or vision instructing them in how to carry out the treatment of their patient. This is one of the many insights on American Indian healing practices reported by Dr. Frances Densmore. Over the course of 50 years, Dr. Densmore collected more than 2000 recordings of American Indian customs and traditions in song. Compiled in this CD are recordings of medicine men from a diverse representation of tribes singing and chanting those songs, delivered to them in dream by external powers and spirits, that they used to heal the sick.
  • INDIGEFI
    a weekly one-hour show featuring an eclectic blend of modern Indigenous music, hosted by Alexis Sallee (Iñupiaq/ Mexican American). The show introduces you to the future of Native music with new and trending artists, while honoring the past by diving into the tracks that have shaped what we hear today. The highlight of each program is an artist interview with a featured musician. These interviews explore the unique Indigenous background and passions that inform the artist’s work.
  • Indian House
    Founded in 1966 by Tony and Ida Lujan Isaacs, Indian House has a reputation as a label committed to respectful, selective, high-quality recordings of traditional American Indian music. Exceptional performances combined with informative liner notes are the hallmarks of Indian House recordings.
  • Indigenous Education Department Music and Arts Resources
    Resources provided by the Indigenous Education Department of the Greater Victoria School District in Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Indigenous Music Development Program
    The Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) at Manitoba Music was launched in 2004 to support First Nation, Métis, and Inuit artists and music companies as they build sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. The program delivers projects and services that respond to the needs of the industry as identified by a steering committee. They are recognized both home and abroad as the driving force behind a vibrant Indigenous music community in Manitoba.
  • Iroquois Social Dances and Songs
    Socials within all Iroquois communities are meant to be enjoyed by all in attendance, especially when everyone dances. Social songs vary in length, verses and tempo depending on the song selection of the singers. All dances are done in a counter clockwise direction. All Earth Songs are sung by Art Johnson & Lyle Anderson, who are from Six Nations of the Grand River.
  • KNBA 90.3 fm
    Unique blend of adult alternative and native music, news, and community affairs.
  • NativeRadio®.com
    Your portal to the beauty and mystery of Native American Music. They are the largest source of Native American music on the Internet.
  • Native American Music
    Britannica Online Encyclopedia article.
  • Native American Music Awards
    The Music Industry's Largest and Only Membership Based Organization for the advancement of Native American Music Initiatives & Expressions Around The World.
  • Native Americans - American Indians: Music
    Online sources of music of Indigenous Peoples of the 48 contiguous states of America.
  • Native American Music Resources on TeacherVision
    Certified, expertly curated teaching resources.
  • Native American Songs
    Teaching Native American History and Culture, and Songs Written and Performed by Native Americans.
  • Native American Songs and Chants
    Native American MP3 Music. Transcriptions and solo instrumental recordings of Native American songs, chants, dream songs, etc.
  • NativeRadio.com
    Native American Music and More!
  • Native Music Radio – American Indian Music Streaming Radio Station
    Your source for ALL types of Native American music – jazz, rock, rap, country, traditional, flute, and more!
  • Native Spirit Radio
    Provides Native American music from across the country. From Powwow music to Native American Church, traditional songs from different tribes, to contemporary style like Rock, Country, Blues, and Country. Native people are producing a lot of music and this show is one of the few they can get showcased on.
  • Omaha Indian Music
    Presented here are selections from the American Folklife Center's collections documenting Omaha music traditions. The sound recordings include 44 wax cylinder recordings made in the 1890s (first published on a 1985 LP entitled Omaha Indian Music: Historical Recordings from the Fletcher/La Flesche Collection), 323 songs and spoken-word segments from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, 24 spoken-word segments from an interview with an Omaha elder in 1983, 25 songs and speeches from a performance by members of the Hethu'shka Society (recorded at the Library of Congress in 1985), and 61 spoken word segments from an interview conducted with an Omaha musician in 1999.
  • Painted Sky Native American Music Festival
    Dedicated to showcasing the finest Native Musicians of North America.
  • Native American Music Fund
    The Native American Music Fund was established to intoduce music education to Native American children.
  • Notorious Cree
    James Jones is a traditional hoop dancer and Indigenous influencer. He has a huge TikTok and instagram following and several accolades for his work.
  • Resources for Teaching the Music of Native American Peoples
    How a person who is neither of Native American descent nor related to a Native American person can teach the music of Native American peoples with integrity.
  • Redhawk Indian Arts Council
    A not-for-profit organization founded and maintained by Native Americans and dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, works of art and other cultural forms of expression.
  • Rising Sun Productions
    A licensed booking agency and management company representing some of North America's top Indigenous artists.
  • Lee Mixashawn Rozie
    Lee Mixashawn Rozie has been a practicing multi-disciplinary and internationally acclaimed Jazz artist for the past three decades. Mr. Rozie holds a degree in History and Ethnomusicology from Trinity College and is equally at home in academic and cultural settings. Beginning from the point of Indigenous artist, using ancient cultural principles, maritime arts and historical data, both written and oral, he has developed a system of "Hemispheric Principles" to inform and guide his artform, more directly referred to as "Wave Art" : sonic, aquatic percussive and harmonic.
  • John Two-Hawks - Native American Flute Music
    Grammy® and Emmy nominated, Platinum Award winning Native American Flute Music Recording Artist, Author and Activist John Two-Hawks has spent his life looking intensely into the deep ways of Spirit, wisdom, healing and connection.