Produced by Light in the Attic, Native North America Volume I captures the diverse sounds of Aboriginal music makers in Canada from 1966 – 1985. Known by very few outside the greater Aboriginal community, Kevin “Sipreano” Howes felt this off-the-grid material needed to be acknowledged and shared.
The stories behind the music presented in this collection range from standard rock and roll to cultural awakenings and transcendent epiphanies and are as moving as the songs themselves. Inuk singer-songwriter Willie Throsher, who was robbed of his family by the residential school system and Algonquin/Mohawk artist Willy Mitchell, whose music career was sparked by a bullet to the head by a police officer, are but two intensely personal stories. That trials and tribulations can spawn music of such meaning is a testament to the strength of Native North America’s musicians and their beliefs.
Beginning in the 1960’s and continuing into the 1980’s, a movement of Aboriginal musicians, artists, writers and poets from across North America crafted a new blend of music: fold, country, rock, pop, blues, jazz and classical, are all reflected through their distinct cultural heritages and life stories. In Native North America Vol I, you’ll hear traces of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival, combined with Native consciousness, stories, life, love, family, ceremony and tradition.
Native North American Volume I is comprised of 60-page smyth sewn plus soft cover book printed black and orange throughout and three individual LP jackets to hold 160 gram vinyls. They are presented in a turned edge slipcase that is also printed black and orange.
Concurrent with the production of the Native North America Volume I LP Collection, Light in the Attic also produced a companion 120-page smyth sewn case bound book with two CD’s, produced with the same creative paper and ink combination of black and orange as was used for the Native North America Volume I collection.