When native people heard drums in the distance, they knew that the song was of celebration, healing, death or war.
They say that when a child is within the womb the first sound it hears is the heartbeat of it's mother.
When a child is born, native people would feast, sing and dance to celebrate the child coming into this world. The songs that they sang
were of celebration and thanksgiving.
When native people brought food into the village, maybe the hunt was successful; they would feast, sing and dance. This is a way of giving thanks
for the food and to the animal who gave itself for their survival.
Native people would go to war to protect their people or territory. As they were being prepared they would feast, sing and dance.
These songs were of protection and for a safe return.
When a person's health is failing and this person is in need of healing, the shaman sings a healing song.
When one is making a journey into the spirit world, native people sang prayer songs. They believed that these songs would help the person make
a safe journey into the spirit world.
Native people would feast, sing and dance for many different occasions. Drumming and singing is a large part of native culture.
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