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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indigenous Musics of North America

This guide serves as a starting point for research on Indigenous musics.


The Music & Performing Arts Library has thousands of recordings available to stream online or play on DVD, CD, and LP!

To search for audio and video in the catalog, you can either start with a keyword search for a specific performer, style, or song title in the library catalog or use the advanced search to do a subject search for Indians of North America--Music. Make sure to use the "Material Type" filter to restrict your search to "Sound Recordings" or "Video/Film" depending on your needs.

When you click into the item records for different materials, check the material's location and format information to see if it is available to stream or if it exists in physical form on DVD, CD, or LP. For more help distinguishing identifying format information, see our Introduction to Audio & Video Formats.

If you're hoping to browse, see the recommendations listed below for a place to start!

Online Streaming Collections

The two databases listed below are great resources to browse and stream music by indigenous artists and communities. To see a wide selection of recordings, you can use the advanced search feature in Smithsonian Global Sound (linked below) to limit by cultural group; you can either check the box next to "American Indian" or limit your results further to explore the musical traditions of a particular tribe.

Free Online Resources

Selected Recordings from the Catalog