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The National Cherokee Youth Choir - "Orphan Child" [Live at First Americans Festival 2004]
"Orphan Child" is a song of unknown origins but is believed to have been created on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s, when the Cherokee people were forcibly removed to the American West. The National Cherokee Youth Choir, formed in 2000, is based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and is composed of around 40 youth in grade five to eight from across the Cherokee Nation. Watch their performance of the song during the 2004 First Americans Festival. Hear "Orphan Child" on 'Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages,' available via CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: Presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. This anthology of hymns and songs from Native American communities throughout the United States demonstrates how music has helped to preserve and perpetuate Native languages. Singers from the Southeast to the Plains and from the Southwest to Alaska and Hawai’i demonstrate the dynamic interplay between language and faith, and show the importance placed on the singing of these songs in keeping alive the culture embodied in their Native languages. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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2 min 28 sec
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