North American First Nation Medicine Music Playlist

Welcome to our very first curated playlist! We are delighted to get this series of spiritual music playlists from all around the world underway! Today’s playlist focuses on North American First Nation medicine music and features artists such as Verdell Primeaux, Robbie Robertson, R. Carlos Nakai to name a few. 

Follow the link below to listen. We hope you enjoy it!

Song is a central part of the culture of all First Nation North American peoples. Sacred stories and ceremonies have been passed down orally and through song for thousands of years in the many indigenous cultures of North America. Many Native American songs are prayers or intonations for the sacred Great Spirit, Mother Earth and other sacred beings. Songs are profoundly important for keeping their culture, cosmovision and identity alive. 

The version of “Peyote Healing” by Robbie Robertson, Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike is a prayer to the Great Spirit for example. A portion of the lyrics translated to english are as follows:

Wani wachiyelo Ate omakiyayo (Father help me I want to live) [sings this 3 times]
Atay nimichikun (Father you have done this)
Oshiya chichiyelo (Humbly have pity on me)
Wani wachiyelo Atay omakiyayo (Father help me I want to live) [sings this 2 times]
Wani wachiyelo Atay (Father I want to live)

This song is sung to Wakan Tanka, who for the Lakota people is the sacred divine or ‘Great Spirit’. “Father I want to live” is an example of a very simple, yet very powerful prayer to the divine.

The smooth sounds of Native American flute by R. Carlos Nakai feature on a two of the songs. Those of you looking for calming and peaceful flute music for meditation must check out R. Carlos Nakai’s extensive collection of well-produced albums that instil a deep calm and tranquillity. 

The playlist features songs that incorporate different Native American instruments such as drums and flutes in a variety of rhythms, tempos and intensities. We hope you enjoy this musical journey and encourage listeners to explore the artists’ featured in this playlist further as this is just the tip of the iceberg!