List of Native American musicians

This is a list of Native American musicians and singers. They are notable musicians and singers, who are from Peoples indigenous to the contemporary United States, including Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Americans in the United States.[1][2] Native American identity is a complex and contested issue. The Bureau of Indian Affairs defines Native American as having American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry. Legally, being Native American is defined as being enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or Alaskan village. Ethnologically, factors such as culture, history, language, religion, and familial kinships can influence Native American identity.[3]

All individuals on this list should have Native American ancestry. Historical figures might predate tribal enrollment practices and would be included based on ethnological tribal membership, while any contemporary individuals should either be enrolled members of federally recognized tribes or have cited Native American ancestry and be recognized as being Native American by their respective tribes(s). Contemporary unenrolled individuals are listed as being of descent from a tribe.

Country and folk




Native American flute

Native American protest singers

New age and world music

Pop and rock

Rap and hip hop

Powwow music

See also

  • Native American composers


  1. Notable American Indians
  2. Famous Native Americans
  3. "IV. Our Nation’s American Indian and Alaska Native Citizens." US Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  4. "The Jim Boyd Band". Jim Boyd. Archived from the original on 2008-03-22. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  5. Mayor, Adrienne (2013). Fossil Legends of the First Americans. Princeton University Press. p. 350. ISBN 1400849314.
  7. "John Trudell". Biography. Archived from the original on 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  8. Patrello, Christopher (14 Apr 2014). ""Run to the Hills?" – Representations of Native Americans in Heavy Metal". InVisible Culture. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
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