Kanucas Littlefish - Native American Indians – Music heals
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Shamanism, music and the soul – Dr Keith Howard
it remains difficult to separate musical stimuli from the other elements of a ritual, or to relate music to specific affect. I close with a statement about the power of music, the power of voice and drum, words and rhythm, combined but not separable into constituent parts. The speaker, a contemporary American Indian, the Anishnabe (Chippewa) Kanucas Littlefish, relates how after he sang one man regained his hearing and another had a broken leg cured.
When I sing I use vocables and words in my native language. Lines of power exist all around us. What I try to do is tap into that power through sound and vibration using my voice and a drum. I also use a rattle, a gourd or a deer-horn shaker. When the lines of power are met, it is said a healing can occur.
The source of the experienceNative American Indians
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
OverloadsBone and skeletal disease
Listening to sound and music
Stimulation via resonance
SuppressionsDeafness and tinnitus
Listening to beating sounds
Singing and humming