An Encore for the Native Americans Who Shook Up Rock ’n’ Roll – The New York Times

 

“I thought we’d never have that chance again, to make a film that could really cross over. But as it turns out, music is even more powerful than comedy.”Throughout, the film reveals how Native American rhythms and stylings became a part of the larger tapestry of American music. In one scene, the poet and musician Joy Harjo (“Crazy Brave”) explains how the call and response of Muscogee music influenced the evolution of jazz and blues; in another, the singer-songwriter Pura Fe connects the blues guitar and vocal inflections of Charley Patton, who was probably of Choctaw ancestry, with traditional Indian music.