Native American Suite is a percussive suite of three traditional Native American songs: a Lenape Song (Delaware); I Still Love You Yet (an Apache “49” song); and Zuni Sunrise Song (Pueblo).
The three movements are arrangements from the Lenape, Apache, and Zuni tribes, respectively, and call for crystal soprano flute, shakers, bird roars and a powwow drum. Commissioned by the Dale Warland Singers, this Suite presents an interesting blend of Native American melodies, lyrics and rhythms, as well as some interesting jazz harmonies combined with chorus vocal effects.
The “49 song” I Still Love You Yet is used after powwows when the younger singers are not quite ready to quit. Usually well after midnight, the participants gather in a nearby spot and sing these 49 songs — a mixture of English lyrics and Native American vocables which form an intertribal way of communicating feelings.