Thompson's album features music influenced by Native American songs from the 1800s, a period that saw much of Native American culture lost because of forced relocation. Thompson said that he found a number of historical compositions through the Field Museum in Chicago, the Milwaukee Public Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian.
"A lot of the art took a backseat to more pressing issues like food and shelter," Thompson said. "But lo and behold, there were some people who saw its preservation as important and saved it. And I wanted to save as much as I could with this album."
to hear an MP3 of track 2 Lakota Courting Song.
to hear an MP3 of track 3 Ojibwe Courting Song.
to hear an MP3 of track 5 Ojibwe Women's Song.
to hear an MP3 of track 7 Meskwaki Courting Song.
to hear an MP3 of track 15 Omaha Healing Song.
to hear an MP3 of track 16 Woodland Healing Song.
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