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12/11/2015

Songs from Native Americans compiled by GBGM

"Singing the Sacred: Musical Gifts from Native American Communities" includes Native American Christian music from more than 15 communities, carefully selected for suitability in cross-cultural use.

The General Board of Global Ministries offers the new songbook and accompanying CD with 21 songs and hymns.

Songs are included from the Mohawk of New York to the Native Hawaiians, from the Inupiat in Alaska to the Tewa and Navajo of the Southwest.

In the introduction, editor Alvin Deer writes, "Music has always been an integral part of Native American life. There were songs for every conceivable event in life. Native American worship music is primarily a corporate, communal experience. Each piece is intended to invoke a blessing on the entire worshipping community."

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