Eddie Benton-Benai describes the roles that instruments such as the shaker, flute and drum play in Ojibwe life. Tribal members perform traditional music. Also shown are the Spirit Bird Singers, a group of younger musicians carrying on and extending the traditions.

Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, Tribal Histories feature tribal members sharing the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

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