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Music is an integral part in the life of the Native Americans, playing a key role in ceremonies, recreational activities, self expression, and healing. Many different instruments are used in Native American music, including drums, flutes, and other percussion instruments.
These songs were adapted here for Tongue Drum and Handpan and they are possible to play on most drum models.

The steel tongue drum (aka tong drum, tank drum, gluck-o-phone, hapi, or steeldrum) and the handpan (aka hank drum, UFO drum, zen drum, meditation, healing, yoga or chakra drum) are percussion musical instruments designed to help you focus on your feelings, sensations, and body.
In musical science, a unique Native American style of singing can be distinguished. It is characterized by rhythmic breathing, a tense voice, and syllabic sounds being more important than lyrics. These technical features helped the shaman achieve a trance state. Although the tongue drum is a modern musical instrument, is perfectly suitable for any tribal songs.

Attention: Songs have been transposed for a DIATONIC range. Some melodies might be changed and simplified. If your drum has flat keys, it is recommended that you use classic sheet music for piano.
We write the note numbers above the notes because our sheet music is aimed at absolute beginners. Just follow numbers and enjoy.
Here you can find traditional songs, handed down from generation to generation: ceremonial (such as corn grinding or moccasin game songs) or healing songs.
Also, we add a QR code to most songs. Follow the link and find this song on YouTube, so that you can listen to the rhythm before beginning to play.

Which tongue drum are these songs suitable for?

Each tongue drum is very different and it is impossible to accommodate songs for all kinds of tongue drums in one book.
The songs which have been collected in this book can be played on most drum models. If you have less than 1 octave of keys on your drum, you may need to skip some songs. However, if your drum has many sharp notes, you will need a book that contains chromatic songs.
Here, we have collected only simplified diatonic melodies.

Contents

  1. Ani Couni. Arapaho Song. (Version 1)
  2. Ani Couni. Arapaho Song. (Version 2)
  3. Ani Couni. Arapaho Song. (Version 3)
  4. Medicine Song. Apache Song
  5. Bebi Notsa. Creek folk song
  6. Buffalo Dance. Kiowa folk song
  7. Chippewa Lullaby. Chippewa folk song
  8. Corn Grinding Song. Zuni folk song
  9. Dust of the Red Wagon. Ute folk song
  10. Eagle Dance Song. Algonquin folk song
  11. Epanay. Sioux folk song
  12. Eskimo Ice Cream. Inuit folk song
  13. Hiya Hiya. Pawnee folk song
  14. Happy Song. Navajo folk song
  15. Ho Ho Watanay. Iroquois Lullaby. (2 versions)
  16. Hosisipa. Sioux folk song
  17. Hwi Ne Ya He. Presumably an Apache song
  18. Happiness Song. Navajo folk song
  19. Inuit Lullaby. Inuit folk song
  20. Moccasin Game Song. Navajo folk song
  21. Nessa, Nessa. Ojibwe Lullaby
  22. Mos Mos. Hopi folk song
  23. My Paddle. Folk song
  24. O Hal’lwe. Nanticoke folk song
  25. Okki Tokki Unga. Eskimo fishing song
  26. Pleasure Dance. Choctaw folk song
  27. Sioux Lullaby. Sioux folk song
  28. Song of the Deer Dancing. Chippewa folk song
  29. Song to the Sun. Zuni folk song
  30. Uhe’ Ba Sho. Omaha folk song
  31. Wanagi Wacipi Olowan. Dakota folk song
  32. Wioste Olowan. Dakota folk song
  33. We N’ De Ya Ho Cherokee Morning song
  34. Ya Ya We. Wichita song
  35. Zuni Sunset Song. Zuni folk song