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COVID-19 and Music ! Supporting Indigenous Artists during Uncertain Times

By Indigenous Cloud, published on 05 May 2021

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While the Covid-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, in many ways, the Indigenous community has been hit especially hard. We’ve been reflecting both on the loss of our Elders to this virus and also being prevented from cherished community events. We want to share some of our favourite sounds that we hold close to our hearts, and we look forward to being at pow-wows, round dances, and potlatches with you again soon.


Pow wow makes us want to move our feet with joy.


To move to the heartbeat of the drum is to feel joy and healing. Covid-19 has all but halted performances by dancers and drummers, and we are really looking forward to seeing a jingle dress glimmer in the sunshine while munching a bannock burger. We’ve chosen one of our favourite Pow wow albums to keep you excited about gathering again. 

Native american pow wow dancers at night

The pow wow album that gets us every time!

Native american pow wow time - album cover


  1. Pow Wow Time
    From: Native American Series

    This album is a fantastic compilation, and we can’t help but want to get out our regalia and dance in the house. 


We look forward to sharing food & laughs at a round dance again soon.


We are overjoyed by the ingenuity of Indigenous communities throughout this pandemic. While there is so much loss, there is also a shining light to be found in virtual round dances, cooking safe meals for Elders, and the continued sharing of Indigenous talent. We loved this feature by CBC’s The National on virtual round dances, and it made us want to reflect on our favourite memories and share with you one of our favourite albums from our collection.


Our favourite Round Dance Album

Round dance songs 20 - album cover

  1. Round Dance Songs
    From: 20/20 Series

    This album features 20 songs by 20 artists in the round dance circuit. We love hearing different songs from different artists, and this really makes us excited to share indoor space with our favourite young, contemporary Indigenous music makers and dancers again.


We can’t wait to share live Indigenous music with our community again!


Until we can hug and laugh and share food again, we hope you’ll get some inspiration from some of our amazing archives of Indigenous music. Did you know that you can download the Indigenous Cloud app? Take your community with you wherever you go. 

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