The Pop Charts’ Native Roots

From country music ballads to rock power chords, Native Americans left a lasting impression on the soundtrack of the 20th century

No matter what type of music they played, says Apache guitarist Stevie Salas, Native Americans "seemed to share a common rhythmic thread." (Ann Johansson)
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And he says he hopes the exhibit will convey to a younger generation of Native musicians that global success is possible. “I’ve had kids tell me, ‘I want to do what you’re doing, but they won’t let us.’ And I say to them, ‘Well who are they? Because they let me.’”


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