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CoverTunkashila [level: Medium]
arr. Randall Johnson: Bio and other works | Randy and Rachel Stenson Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1406 | price: $2.20
accompaniment: piano, flute, powow drum
INSTRUMENT PART: Flute part FREE Download

An American Indian chant is given authentic attention in this vibrant arrangement. A flute and drum join in to add interest to the composition, while a piano anchors and enhances it.

2016 South Dakota All State Senior Honor Choir - Randolph Stenson, conductor [© all rights reserved]

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CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem
Spirit Calling Song
Tunkashila wamayank uye,
Ikce wicasa ta Canupa wan yuha hoye wayelo,
Mitakuye ob wani ktelo heyaya hoye wayelo.

Grandfather come see me, (three times)
I send a voice with the people’s pipe, so I may live with my relatives.

traditional Indian chant
CLICK HERE: Composer Notes
This arrangement of “Tunkashila” is an example of “acculturated music” in that it uses a traditional Lakota Sioux chant but in a western choral setting. It was my intent to create a respectful arrangement of this beautiful text and chant that, although lacking the visceral traditional vocals that wouldn’t work well in a choir, may still touch people’s emotions. The Lakota Sioux have a tremendous wealth of wonderful music. There are many versions of “Tunkashila” and this one is from which has compiled many songs to share free.

2016 South Dakota All State Senior Honor Choir - Randolph Stenson, conductor

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2017 | Rodney Eichenberger George Fox Univ. & Cannon Beach, OR. Reading Sessions
2017 | SCA Ohio Workshop with Clinician Randy Stenson July 13, 2017
2017 | St John's Music Summer Reading Session Toronto
2017 | Alabama ACDA Summer Celebration
2017 | MO Choral Directors Association