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Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages

  • 1. Comanche Hymn - Members of Petarsey Church
    2. Comanche Hymn - Members of Petarsey Church
    3. Kiowa Prayer Song - Dorothy Whitehorse Delaune
    4. Kiowa Hymn - Members of Cedar Creek Church
    5. Hymn Composed by Goomdah - Members of Rainy Mountain Church
    6. Cheyenne Hymn - Moses Starr, Jr./Creg Lee Hart/Moses Starr
    7. Lord Have Mercy - Tewa Women's Choir of San Juan Pueblo
    8. Lord I Call - St. Herman's Seminary Octet
    9. Having Beheld the Resurrection - St. Herman's Seminary Octet
    10. Blessed Be Thy Name - St. Herman's Seminary Octet
    11. Ke Aloha O Ka Haku - Nalani Olds
    12. Ho'onani - Nalani Olds/Mauliola Aspelund
    13. Silent Night - Kykotsmovi Mennonite Church Choir
    14. On the Beautiful Beyond - Oneida Hymn Singers
    15. In the Sweet By and By - Ojibwe Hymn Signers
    16. Rock of Ages - Maisie Shenandoah/Joanne Shenandoah/Liz Robert/Maisie Shenandoah
    17. 'Twill Be Glory By and By - The Martin Sisters
    18. Ise Iesos Sewenniio (Wedding Prayer Hymn) - Kathleen Thompson
    19. Takwaienha (The Lord's Prayer) - Akwesasne Mohawk Singers
    20. Wonderful Place - Cherokee Choir
    21. Orphan Child - Cherokee Choir/Cherokee National Youth Choir/Cherokee Choir
    22. That Heavenly Home - Kingfisher Trio
    23. Believing and Praying - Margaret Mauldin
    24. Sinners Can You Hate the Savior? - Choctaw Community Singers
    25. Jesus Make the Road - Betty Mae Jumper
    26. At the Cross - Nancy Brown/Mark Brown/Nancy & Mark Brown
    27. Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah - Walker Calhoun
    28. Heavenly Home - Long Family
    29. On the Jericho Road - Saved by Grace Choir
    30. Amazing Grace - Saved by Grace Choir
    31. Sweet Hour of Prayer - TeecNosPos Gospel Melody
    32. Jesus Loves Even Me - Steve Emery
    33. Communion of the Saints - Cheyenne River Mission Singers
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40480

  • Credits
    ProducerJoanne Shenandoah; Tom Wasinger; Howard Bass
    EngineerDave Goodermuth; Jack Loeffler; Michael Kline; Steve Emery; Billy Brady; Jim Robeson; John Tyler; Mike Fisher; Robert "Jake" Jacobs; Tom Wasinger; Howard Bass

    Personnel: Jack Kingfisher (vocals, guitar); Amelia Lewis (vocals, piano); Querina B. Martinez (vocals, keyboards); Libby Marcus (vocals, drums); Sandy Frazier, Peggy Tsoodle, Karl McKinney, Vanessa John, Janis McKinney, Bessie Long, Marvin Yoyokie, Devon Kirby, Shirley Feeling, Twilla Jarvis, Melinda Doxtator, Terry A. Corneilous, Reannon Frazier, Carolyn Bohanan, Lula M. Bidtah, Milt Noel, Dori Grayson, Dorothy Williams, Yvonne Skenandore, Zelda Yoyokie, Edward Jerome Tahhahwah Sr., Mark Wauahdooah, Kinsey Shade, Lottie Yoyokie, Eveline Steele, Cleland Willis, Megan Ross, Carole LaFrance Ross, Kateri "Kathleen" Thompson, Paige Haines, Sylvia Medina, Frances McCarter, Dyrene "Jitter" Garfield, Arlie Doxtator, Lucille Aitson, Nico Pewewardy, Melvin L. Gaines, Louise Ishcomer, Ashley Proctor, Lorene Ballard, Rosalind Cata, Ellen Emery, Gordon McLester, Betty Dennison, Maxine Aitson, Bonita Paddyeker, Frank Corneilous, Leslie Ketcher, Marlene Haumpy, Judith Hampton, Theresa Andrew, Delores Harragarra, Felicita M. Garcia, Caroline Buffalomeat, Everett Corneilous, Fred Tsoodle, Kayla Sharp, Mae Cole, Mary Polacca, Margie Broberg, Stella T. Vigil, Dorothy Willis, Clarence "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, Harding Yazzie Jr., Sallie Kerchee Tonips, Derek Willis, Selena Smoke, Patricia Owen, Esther McKinney, Delores Skenandore, Harold Pewewardy, Heather Crittenden, Diana Mouse, Harvey Williams, Marian Montoya, Elena Nicolai, Carrie Horse, Oxenia Isaac, Austin Battiest, Nicholai Isaac, Martha Grow, Rev. Thomas A. Andrew, Pearl Reid, Michelle Hill, Russell Feeling, Donald Horse, Arlene Collins, Annie Chalepah, Prudy Doxtator, John Haumpy, Rose Johnson, Margaret Allen, Karen Williams , Linda Hill, Andrien Watkins, Amos Steele, Julian Martinez, Carter Cornelius, Leo B. Jefferson, Ryan Sierra, Josie Cornelius Daebler, Barbara Battiest, Pawnee Crabtree, Doris Bilagody, Gail Long, Louise Dreadfulwater, Holly Backwater, Alex Lewis, Betty Kingfisher, Susan Wenster Lemens, Vincent Pocowatchit, Elidia Johnson, Alice Sorrelhorse, Rev. Martin Nicolai, Theresa Long, Arlene "Ardei" Yazzie, Mary M. Garcia, Minerva White, Lois Powless, Thelma Myron, Martin "Mush" Robinson, Christina Catron, Shelly Johnson, Rita Cockrum, Dorothy Mae Armenta, Lynna Pewewardy, Anna Dale, Sherry Martin, Mary Ann Padilla, Juanita Boyd, Roserita Kidd, Patricia Benedict, Ida Mae Murdock, Betty McLester, John McKinney, Marcus M. Boyd, Sinaklin Forbit, D.J. McCarter, Bernice Lazore, Holly Noe, Gertrude T. Calvert, Elizabeth Francis, Lena Cata, Peggy Faith Sanders, Garfield Long Sr., Gloria Dudley, Ben Corneilous, Predad C. Antoine, Rosie Yazzie, Wilda Storey, Ruby Wade, Haley Noe, Sandy Houston, Agnes Ashepak, Yvonne Monetathchi, Amanda Give, Ramoncita C. Sandoval, Edward J. Tahhawah Jr., Wesley Kingfisher, Cheryl Pewewardy, Lorene Kerchee, Tracy Pickup, Christina Hanvey, Sandra Sault, Sukie Wilnetta Monoessy, Genevieve Holt, Mildred Ashalintubbi, Patricia M. Gaines, Eva M. Hogue, Lyman Choate, Rebecca Cook, Beverly Thompson, Karen Willis, Suzy Wills, Lori Miller, James Allen (vocals); Mark Brown (guitar).
    Audio Mixer: Pete Reiniger.
    Liner Note Authors: Gerald L. Hill; W. Richard West, Jr.; Edward Wapp Wahpeconiah; Howard Bass.
    Recording information: Bethabara Baptist Church, Cherokee, NC (??/1988-07/2003); Bias Recording Company, Springfield, VA (??/1988-07/2003); Brown's Home, Robbinsville, NC (??/1988-07/2003); Camp Toby, Oneida Lake Beach East, NY (??/1988-07/2003); Choctaw Nation Family Investment Center, Broken Bow, OK (??/1988-07/2003); Council Chamber, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK (??/1988-07/2003); Grace United Methodist Church, Massena, NY (??/1988-07/2003); Holy Apostle Episcopal Church, Oneida Reservation, WI (??/1988-07/2003); Home Of Amelia And Alex Lewis, Hogback, NM (??/1988-07/2003); Kykotsmovi Hopi Mennonite Church, Mykotsmovi Village, H (??/1988-07/2003); National Museum Of American History, Washington DC (??/1988-07/2003); Norman, OK (??/1988-07/2003); Omega Studios, Rockville, MD (??/1988-07/2003); Petarsey United Methodist Church, Lawton, OK (??/1988-07/2003); Rainy Mountain Kiowa Indian Baptist Church, Mountain Vi (??/1988-07/2003); San Juan Pueblo Church, NM (??/1988-07/2003); Studio Of John Peden, New York, NY (??/1988-07/2003); Veterans Memorial Building, Leech Lake Reservation, MN (??/1988-07/2003).
    Director: D.J. McCarter.
    Editor: Carla Borden.
    Photographers: Linda R. Martin ; Joanne Shenandoah; Howard Bass.
    Translator: Harriet Lafrance.
    Released to roughly coincide with the 2004 opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, this assembles performances of 33 Christian hymns and songs by tribes of various regions, from Native Hawaiian and Hopi to Mohawk, Cherokee, Comanche, Navajo, Sioux, and others. These selections include both translations of traditional Christian songs into Native American languages and original compositions of Christian songs, also in Native American languages. As a social document, this is extremely important, helping to preserve and promote adaptations of religious music for indigenous cultures. Musically it's very diverse, the styles including a cappella solo singing, unison vocalizing, and harmonizing, sometimes unaccompanied, sometimes backed by basic instrumentation (most often guitar and keyboard), sung by men, women, choirs, and children (sometimes together). While the performances are almost always passionate and sometimes stirring, the breadth of approaches covered guarantees that it will be an uneven listening experience, with few listeners possessing a broad enough taste to enjoy everything. At times its primary value is folkloric rather than purely musical, as with the Kykotsmovi Mennonite Church Choir's rendition of "Silent Night" and some of the starker a cappella items. Others, though, project an undeniable beauty and committed spiritualism, whether it's the ghostly Tewa Women's Choir's "Lord Have Mercy" (backed by nothing but far-off piano and percussive rattle), the vibrato of Nalani Olds and Mauliola Aspelund, the rustic Walker Calhoun (backed by banjo), or the Kingfisher Trio's "That Heavenly Home," which might remind some listeners of the casual gospel-folk of artists like Joseph Spence. All of the tracks are quite short, none lasting for more than three and a half minutes and some for less than a minute, ensuring constant stylistic shifts that keep restlessness at bay. ~ Richie Unterberger

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