Land of the silver birch,
Home of the beaver,
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will.
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more.
Boom di dee boom boom, Boom di dee boom boom,
Boom di dee boom boom boom.
I think it is so important to play and sing Native American songs! Where I live, students don’t see Native Americans regularly, so many of them think there are no more Native Americans in the USA! We must remind them of their rich heritage. I play a recording of traditional Native American music. We name the instruments we hear (usually drum and shakers) and the voices: men. This is a good song to play – and eventually show the video. Some Native Americans are dressed in native clothing, and others in street clothes. It’s helpful to tell the students (if they don’t know any Native Americans personally) that Native Americans look just like we do!
- more partner songs
- harmony: partner song with Canoe Song
- more Native American songs
- more minor / modal songs
- more songs with half notes
- more steady beat songs
- more songs with Orff arrangements
- more songs with I IV V chords
- Pow Wow Music
- Pow Wow
- Black Hills Pow Wow
- more songs about nature
- songs from different world regions here
- One of my very favorite videos I like to show the kids is: Spirit – A Journey in Dance, Drums and Song [VHS] It’s a little hard to find, but it looks like Amazon has some – or try a library, ebay or half.com.
- This DVD good examples of Pow Wow. And, it teaches the kids how to do simple pow wow steps in slow motion. I have the kids put their “bubbles” on and try both the men’s and women’s dance steps. They are harder than they look!
Below: Song pdf with chords, Orff Arrangement, Lesson ideas, Partner Song with Canoe Song (with combined Orff arrangement), Rhythm Visuals (printable & digital), Printable World Quiz & midi