NECHOCHWEN - Algonkian mythos

NECHOCHWEN - Algonkian mythos

Artist: Nechochwen

Album: Algonkian Mythos

Year: 2008

Genre: American Indian's Neo-Folk/Acoustic

Country: USA


1.A Blistering Fusilade (0:52)

2.Fallen Timbers (4:44)

3.Algonkian Mythos (5:27)

4.Coffin of the Flesh (2:44)

5.Talgayeeta (3:59)

6.Gnadenhutten (3:56)

7.Cut-ta-ho-tha (3:52)

8.Pilawah (1:59)

9.Nilu-famu (3:30)

10.West Across the Missi-theepi (3:48)

Total playing time: 34:51


Like the opening salvo of frontier skirmish, A Blistering Fusilade uses the tremolo technique on several quitars to represent a line of muskets emptying their contents into flash and bone.

— After the initial volleys of hot lead, a relative calm leads us into Fallen Timbers,
a great battle that took place on August 20th, 1974 in present-day
Ohio. In an area of uprooted trees from past storms, an alliance of
various Indian tribes called the Western Lakes Confederacy met an army
led by General "Mad Anthony" Wayne. Despite a great resistance, the
Indians were greatly outnumbered and surrounded, and fled in confusion
to nearby British post called Fort Miami. The British offered no shelter
or assistance to their Indian allies. This defeat of the Indian
Confederacy was the final battle of Little Turtle's War and led to the
Ohio Territory being ceded to the United States.

Algonkian Mythos is an eclectic piece for three guitars that is
about Eastern Woodland Indian heritage. Pride, honor, and tradition are
alive in this song.

— There is a tradition in the Iroquoian tribes concerning burial rites.
It was believed that when a leader died, he was to roam in
purgatory-like realm after being unceremoniously buried in a swallow
grave. Here the chief or shaman would subsist on rotting bark and dwell
in sickness and desease, sometimes for ten or twelve years. The bones
were then dug up, cleaned, and reburied in a great ceremony with others
who had transcended the Coffin of the Flesh.

— The Cayuga turned Mingo chief, Talgayeeta, was better known as
Chief Logan. He was said to be a friend to all until his father, sister,
and other relations were slaughtered by frontiersman Jacob Greathouse
and his gang of Indian fighters, apparently just for eighteenth century
frontier entertainment. This happened in what is now Hancock Country,
West Virginia, in 1774, and started Lord Dummores War. Talgayeeta took
up the hatchet in relation and was eventually murdered seven years
later. Greathouse, his wife, and fourty-seven others were brutally
tortured to death by Shawnee Indians in 1791.

Ghadenhutten, German for Tents of Grace, was a village of Lenni
Lenape Indians who had been converted to the Moravian Church. Though
starving and caugh between two cultures, these Indians were dedicated to
peace and following the teaching of Christ. Ninety-six of them were
rounded and massacred together on March 8th, 1782 by a group of white
settlers determined to exterminate them not because they were Christian,
but because they were Indian. Each man, woman, and child's head was
bashed in with a cooper's mallet by those of the same faith. This
atrocity is unparalleled in American history yet is seldom talked about.
The village of Gnadenhutten still exists on the Tuscarawas River in
Eastern Ohio, with reconstructed cabins and mass grave of the victims.

— Crimes against the Shawnee tribe were not taken likely. When one was
found guilty of an offence for which the only suitable punishment was
death, a slow torturous mutilation wound be followed by mockery and
burning at the stake. These condemned men and women were painted black
and known as a Cut-ta-ho-tha.

Pilawah is what I have chosen to call the reconstruction of a
traditional Shawnee song. The name is taken from the lyrics. The song is
believed to be related to the Turkey Clan of the Shawnee, to be sung to
the children of the tribe. It was transcribed by the daughter of a
frontiersman who was captured by Shawnee warriors in his youth.

— From our pipe comes the smoke of Nilu-famu, the sacred tobacco
that carries our prayers skyward to the Creator. Ravaged by war and
sickness, there came a time when conflict could be (at least
temporarily) avoided.

— Some tribes, like the Shawnee, basically split in two, and to this day still have descendants in the east and West Across the Missi-theepi, the Grandmother of Rivers we call the Missisippi.

Price: 10.00€