Jana Mashonee, American Indian Christmas


I have been following the career and music of Jana Mashonee for about a year and a half. (Some call it stalking, but there you go.) American Indian Christmas was the second of her CDs I bought and I just about wore it out last December. Well, even if you can't wear out a CD I played it a lot.

On her Facebook page Jana explains that she met with Tribal Elders and learned to sing these songs in various native languages. The result is a compilation of songs we have all heard, probably grew up with, but they are presented in a new, exciting, and refreshing way.

O Holy Night is sung in Navajo

O Come All Ye Faithful sung in Kalispel Salish

Silent Night in Arapaho

Hark The Herald Angels Sing in Lakota

Little Drummer Boy in San Juan Tewa Pueblo

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear sung in Oneida

Winter Wonderland in Objibwe

Joy To The World sung in Chiricahua Apache

Amazing Grace in her native language, Lumbee



I have traded emails with Jana Mashonee after my first hub on her music and I call her “Jana”. She calls me “Old White Man Who Stalks Me On the Internet”. It’s an Indian name.


Anyway, I became interested in her and did a little research about Lumberton, N.C. and found that it is located in Robeson County. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is located in Robeson County and is historically a Native American University. Native Americans make up 38% of the population while blue eyed devils are only 32%.

The Lumbee Indian Tribe is the largest tribal nation east of the Mississippi River and I found another fascinating tidbit of info on Wikipedia:


“Until late in the 20th century, Robeson County was a center of Klu Klux Klan activity and support in North Carolina. On January 18, 1958, armed Lumbee Native Americans chased off an estimated 50 Klansmen and supporters led by grand wizard James W. “Catfish” Cole at the town of Maxton in the Battle of Hayes Pond.”


The event makes for some fascinating reading and I have provided a couple of links at the bottom of this hub. I have had to work two Klan parades as a cop and found them pathetic and sad. The worst for me was seeing children of Klansmen marching in a parade to promote hatred and intolerance. What hope do these kids have? It’s pitiful, really.



Now, back to the music. I have found some of the songs on YouTube and here they are for your consideration.

I saved Amazing Grace for last because even though I'm not sure it is traditionally a Christmas song, it holds special meaning for me. Listen and especially note the part where Jana sings a cappella.

In June of this year, my family gathered to give whatever final comfort we could to our mother as she lost her battle with cancer. The morphine and the disease had combined to make her emotionally erratic. In a quiet moment, she began to sing Amazing Grace and since there was no radio in her room, I played Jana's version for her on my iPhone. It was the last song she heard.

Tonight, I have realized that I was wrong about Amazing Grace not being a traditional Christmas song. It's actually the ultimate Christmas Carol. After all, what would Christmas be without the sweet sound of His Amazing Grace?

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Comments 18 comments

bob cornish 5 years ago

I thought I was the old white man that stalks Jana on the internet! Oh no I've been replaced :-(


kathleentedder@yahoo.com 5 years ago

Soooo Beautiful, my favorite singer of all time:)

KAT


xmasspirit 5 years ago

I loved this song! Thx for the link...this is going to be a Christmas stocking gift for my family! What a voice! She's incredible! I can't wait to hear the entire CD!


Unspokenone 5 years ago

Yes, I am tired of hearing the same ole versions. This is refreshing & different! Luv it!


Ralph Thomas 5 years ago

It appears there are many both young and old white guys that sort of stalk Jana on the internet! Thanks for writing this I enjoyed it and lie the reference to the Battle Of Maxton Field!

Ralph


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Bob Cornish, Kathleen, xmasspirit Unspoken and Ralph Thomas

Thanks to all who have commented here so far. None of you are hubpages fans and i welcome each of you here. Look around and join up to write your own articles. It's free, fun and you can meet a lot of nice people.


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Hi resspenser, or should I say Old White Man Who Stalks Jana on the Internet? Thanks for sharing. Lynda


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Lynda,

I appreciate your reading this. I got a lot of hits on it yesterday and they are mostly Jana fans, I think. She may have taken the OWMWSJOI stalking thing seriousely because I haven't heard from her personally! Oops.


gentle storm 5 years ago

Osiyo,

u wo hlv di da ni sda yo hi hv i u na li i wa do

Merry Christmas friend thank you

Jana is a great artist and I love that you Love our culture and music.


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

gentle storm,

Merry Christmas to you! I have no idea what "Oslyo" and the next line means! LOL!

I am interested in your culture and am trying to figure out the easiest way to get some understanding.

Ronnie


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

Thanks for sharing this beautiful music with us. It sounds so nice to listen too. God Bless


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I want to check out some of Jana's music now that you have mentioned here. Thanks for sharing!


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

vietnamvet and SweetiePie,

New Moon Born is available on itunes (where I got it) and supposedly at Walmart. Hurry to order the Christmas music at Amazon or her website. She shares a lot of it on her website and on facebook so you can listen to it there and then order it after you become a fan.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

certainly sounds interesting.


Bobby Richardson 4 years ago

Please order thru her website because it helps her Jana's Kids Foundation more. BTW O Holy Night nearly made me weep.


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks for reading, Bobby! The link I provided is for Jana's website. Buying the CD there is a great way to help with Jana's Kids and I hope she sells millions! Appreciate the comment.


Bob Cornish 4 years ago

I read this when it first appeared last year and this new posting reminds us all how fragile and fleeting Life is. To miss hearing, and knowing Jana Mashonee, is to miss out on a wonderful part of Life. One filled with Love & Hope, and the most Beautiful Voice, and personality, I have ever come to know! I erge you to order her CD's Every one is a Treasure worth more then the price of admission :-) you will be Glad you did for years to come.


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Well spoken, Bob! Glad to hear from you again.

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