Collected over the course of 50 years by Dr. Frances Densmore for the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian. According to her descirptions, these are songs of medicine men and women brought to them in dreams by external powers and spirits. The original recordings were made on portable cylinder equipment. Pageet said he used no jewelry or charms to heal, but did so independently with the help of a little green man who sang to him in his sleep one night up in the mountains.
Mrs. Washington reported to Florence Densmore (who recorded her) that her power came from a spirit (represented in the form of an eagle) that visited her one morning at 10am. That, then is when she sings her healing songs, for maximum effect, while holding an eagle feather.
Originally from Chicago Beal moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2007, spent some time homeless, and working entry-level jobs, notably as a night-shift security guard. During this time Beal began to record music, leaving CD-Rs in public spaces around Albuquerque. Beal would also leave self-illustrated flyers around the town in the hope of finding a girlfriend. He was eventually discovered by "Found Magazine." (wikipedia)
Some believe Coltrane matched the cadence of Alabama to the cadence of MLK's eulogy at the funeral for the 4 little girls murdered in the bombing of a black church in Birmingham, AL by Klansmen in 1964. Steve Rowland produced this excerpt to demonstrate the effect.