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by Chris Ferree

A combination of World and Native American music pushing the boundaries of the traditional... Blending jazz, world, trance, and contemporary.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. We Remain
4:21 $0.99
2. The Invisible World
4:08 $0.99
3. Earth Dance
5:05 $0.99
4. Skywalkers
4:35 $0.99
5. Healing Tree
3:56 $0.99
6. Song for Aniyawiya
3:52 $0.99
7. Drum Song
11:44 $0.99
8. Unbound
4:50 $0.99
9. Sacrifice
5:59 $0.99
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In 2009 Chris released Unbound, his most eclectic CD to date. Unbound is a move closer into world music territory, filled with signature flute, tribal rhythms, piano, and pads, The songs range from the experimental trance of Skywalkers to the more meditative spiritual sounds of Earth Dance and Healing Tree.

Unbound pushes the boundaries of the traditional, blending jazz, world, trance, and contemporary, bringing a familiar sound into the future. But if you listen closely you can hear echos of the past and a deep admiration for the heritage from which this beautiful music was born.

History of the Mohawk Skywalkers by Raymond Barfett

In the year 1886 the Grand Trunk Railway wanted to build the Victoria Bridge and it would span the mighty St. Lawrence River and connect Montreal to the Kahnawake Reserve.

They contracted out the job to the Dominion Bridge Company. In exchange for being allowed to run the railroad through Mohawk Territory, Grand Trunk arranged for Dominion to hire some of the Mohawks as laborers to work on the bridge site. This decision would have a huge impact upon the lifestyle of many Mohawks, an effect that remains to this very day.

Their first job was to supply the stone for the large piers that would support the bridge.

When their shifts ended, they would hang out on the bridge watching the other workers to see what they were doing.

Even young Native children became curious and soon they were climbing all over the span, right alongside the men. The workers noticed that the Mohawk's agility, grace and sense of balance made it seem as though they had a natural disposition for heights.

When management became aware of this, they hired and trained a dozen tribal members as ironworkers. The original twelve, all teenagers, were so adept at working at high altitudes, they were known as the 'Fearless Wonders'.

They would walk on narrow beams several hundred feet above the raging river and yet it appeared as though they were just on a casual walk along a forest path.

Perhaps some of these men did not fear heights and those that did likely repressed their fear in order to gain employment. Constructing bridges and skyscrapers was extremely dangerous work and many of the young Mohawks were drawn to it not only for high wages, but also perhaps for an opportunity to prove their courage. They worked very hard at learning their newfound trade and soon began to train other men from their Reserve.

The Mohawk ironworkers used their native language while they riveted steel beams, high up on bridges and skyscrapers. They spoke to each other continuously in Mohawk and this reinforced their own language competency.

Sometimes they even taught Mohawk to their non-native co-workers. The Mohawks also used 'sign language', signals made with the hands, which was instrumental in allowing them to communicate with each other quickly and clearly, while working on narrow iron beams, hundreds of feet above the earth.

Over the next fifty years many people from various First Nations would follow in the footsteps of the Mohawks of Kahnawake.

They became renowned for their ability to walk high steel beams with balance and grace, seemingly without any fear, and ironwork became a matter of identity and great pride within the First Nations.

The legend of their innate abilities began to apply to native men from all over the Woodland area and thus allowed them to get hired all across the US and Canada. These men helped to shape and build the 'New America'.

By the early 1900's the emergence of the modern-day skyscraper occurred. Iron bridges and tall buildings, those were the future. Chicago and New York City were reaching for the stars.

From the beginning of that new age of construction, the Mohawks were there, 'sky-walking' on the clouds, high above it all. The men made the long journey from their reserves to the big cities alone, leaving their families and then returning once or twice a month to visit.

These Mohawk men, who worked in the Ironworkers Industry of America, soon became legendary and were known in later years as the 'Skywalkers'.



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Shashona -

Chris Ferree - Unbound
Chris Ferree &

North Carolina, USA

World, Native American

Band Members:
Chris Ferree
Brad Hord

Unbound Track List:
We Remain
The Invisible World
Earth Dance
Healing Tree
Song For Aniyawiya
Drum Song



Chris Ferree has released his 3rd Album called Unbound, in 2009. This long awaited album triumphs over anything ever released to date. Chris Ferree and Brad Hord have without a doubt, successfully blended the traditional Native Spirit of music with the modern music world. They touch upon trance, world, jazz, and pop, fusing them with the strong traditional Sacred Flute and Drum.
The track list on Unbound takes us on a journey through time, past and future, meeting within the heartbeat of the drum and flute. Chris is of the Cherokee Nation and makes clear the Red Road for all to follow if only for the length of this album. To those that are of Traditional Spirit, Chris and Brad have shared the wonderful teaching of hope for our future path in this musical world. They bring in piano beautifully. The production and instrumentation is exceptional, pathing the road into contemporary and world music zones.
The Lyrics are strong yet gentle. Chris Ferree delivers the vocals in a direct path to your heart. Showing his amazing talent to capture and hold the listeners attention. He has managed to blend the mind , body and spirit and deliver you into this modern musical production. To the world, they have given the gift of inner peace. We are blessed, The Creator walks with these men, this music. Well done Chris and Brad! You have spoken well for us.

The 3 tracks that call to me were:
1) Sacrifice - 9th track on this magnificent Album. This song is absolutely incredible. The lyrics touch your heart in many ways. Instrumentation is brilliant. Piano, softly speaking in the background. Chris Ferree sings with such emotion. The Flute slides in and takes you away. The rattle, reminding you of another world, not so far from here.Truely, wonderful.

2) Healing Tree - This song will hypnotize you. Strong lyrics that take you on a journey with Chris. Vocals are amazing, gentle, mesmerizing. Close your eyes, listen to the layers. A complicated piece, made easy by two gifted musicians.
One of the best songs I've heard in years. Addictive.

3) Skywalkers - Chris Ferree and Brad Hord sew together trance, traditional flute and drum in a mystical musical fabric. Very modern, very innovative. Hypnotising. Exceptional work on the flute once again. The rhythmic sound of the drum and genius in the melding of them smoothly in production. Another fabulous example of the rare talent and gifts Chris and Brad bring to the table.

As you can see, I have trouble choosing just 3 tracks from Chris Ferree's Unbound Album. All I can say is that the work of Chris Ferree and Brad Hord is not to missed. This is THE album to get for yourself this decade. You will be writing them to say thank you. I know I will. To lovers of World music, I encourage you to hear this album. It will touch your spirit.

On a personal note, I would like to acknowledge the strong Spirit and foresight of Chris Ferree and Brad Hord. I thank you for sharing your heart sound with all of us. You are an inspiration to me and to all our young people of First Nations and Principle Peoples of Turtle Island. (North America) E'Kosi

And thats how I see it
Yours in the music
Shashona - "Woman who walks in the wind"


"Very, very nice music my friend! Your music stands up for itself! Most flute artists out there all sounds the same as the next, but, this is good stuff Chris… Bravo!”


Good Medicine
"I am very impressed with the sounds. There is hearing in your notes. I can feel the spirit of the living God all over it. Beautiful... Your music is good medicine, my friend."