The material posted here is derived from The Native American Flute Book by Bob Edgar.
You can get the book from the flute maker, Stephen DeRuby. Call 1-800-4-FLUTES

Shamanic Chants

Below are four shamanic chants that are often sung at shamanic gatherings. In addition to the words I have included the music with fingering for the Native American flute. The scores are from my flute book. you will also see a music controller whic you can turn on and off to hear the chant played as a midi file. To hear the sounds you must have a midi plugin installed, standard with recent browsers.


I Circle Around

from the Ghost Dance and sung by Shamanic Circles around the world


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I circle around, I circle around, the boundaries of the earth
I circle around, I circle around, the boundaries of the earth
wearing my long winged feathers as I fly
wearing my long winged feathers as I fly
I circle around, I circle around, the boundaries of the earth


Thunder Beings


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I call to the power of the Thunder Beings
I call to the Power of the Earth
I call to the Power of the East and West
I call to the Power of the North and South

Behold, the time has come
The time has come to unite as one
Behold, the time has come
To encircle the Earth with our love.


Morning Sun

A Salish chant to the sun
(Each line is repeated four times)


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When sung as a morning song:

Morning sun, morning sun, come my way, come my way
come my way, come my way, take my pain, take my pain
take my pain, take my pain, down below, down below
down below, down below, cool waters, down below
Morning sun, morning sun, I thank you, I thank you

When sung as an evening song:

Evening sun, evening sun, came my way, came my way
came my way, came my way, took my pain, took my pain
took my pain, took my pain, down below, down below
down below, down below, cool waters, down below
Evening sun, evening sun, I thank you, I thank you



Neesa

A Seneca chant. Neesa is the Seneca name for Grandmother Moon


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Neesa Neesa Neesa
Neesa Neesa Neesa
Neesa Neesa Neesa
Giley Ho
Giley Ho


© Copyright, Bob Edgar,1997
This page was posted on June 7, 1997
revised on February 27, 2000