(Video) Powwow, heimwee and the present

There’s something so deeply moving about Native music. It encourages any necessary purging of frustration, weakness and disconnection and rallies listeners with a renewed sense of belonging — as does all great music in its purest form, I suppose.

For several minutes, I’m transported through sound to my home town in beautiful Northern Ontario and back to the present in appreciation — admiring the bright yellow forsythias outside, sipping my mint tea as I write this entry. The Dutch have a word to describe this feeling of nostalgia: heimwee — but it’s a passing awareness.

This video of drum group, Young Spirit, from Alberta, Canada is a great example of Native American culture at its finest. You may want to skip forward to 1 minute 40, since the MC makes announcements until that point. Enjoy!

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