When I was a sophomore at Haverford College, I took a life-changing music course called “Native American Music & Belief.” On the social justice tip, it really opened my eyes to the rich (but often painful) history of the indigenous people in our country. I also never knew how stirring and mind-blowing their musical expressions could be.
One of the requirements for the class was to attend at least one performance or lecture during the semester. I really didn’t know what I was in for when I decided to attend the Ulali concert on campus. This all-female a cappella group represents several tribes from the First Nation. The beauty they create with their voices is unlike any other harmony I’ve ever heard and it made the hairs on my arms stand on end.
I chose the video, “Mother,” (above) because it honors Native American/American Indian women with its lyrics and the montage of images. But you can also check out their famous song “Mahk Jchi” here or a live performance here.