Azimuths To The Otherworld

by Nechochwen

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Azimuths to the Otherworld is my tribute to the people known as the Adena and Hopewell, who lived and died in the Ohio River valley from 3000 to 1300 years ago. They are best known for their mounds and other earthworks, some of which are massive and awe-inspiring. Others are barely noticeable blips on the Midwest's landscape; still many others exist only on old maps as they've been systematically destroyed in the name of "progress". My aim with this album is not to dwell in the minutiae of archaeological and anthropological history. I will leave that to the expert historians and authors who have greatly inspired this recording. Instead, I hope to leave the listener with music to ponder what must have been these ancient peoples' quest in life; to send the spirits of their beloved dead on to the next world. This was done in ways we only partially understand, but the clues left behind tell us that their earthen structures were created using primitive but amazingly powerful technology. By using rituals, hallucinogens, astronomy, and a mysterious unit of measurement, they could line up their earthworks to the sun and moon and guide their dead to the "Otherworld". Death, the ultimate migration, is not the only focus of this album. Its broader scope is the spirit of wandering, the seeking of a better place by personal choice or spiritual guidance. This is as true today as it was 2000 years ago, and it is my intention to honor this spirit in modern Native tribes as well as ancient ones in Azimuths to the Otherworld.


released January 10, 2010

Azimuths to the Otherworld was recorded in sessions from January to August 2009 at Sacred Sound. Engineered/mixed/mastered by Andrew D'Cagna
Produced/Co-engineered by Aaron Carey
Photography by Dawn Ray and Nechochwen
Layout/artwork by James Babcock
Turtle Logo design by Nechochwen and Dusk, inspired by an Adena tablet


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Track Name: Allumhammochwen - The Crossing
A voice spoke in the ancient times
To guide the People to prosperity
On the shore of a distant sea
The winds told of an eastern forest land

Take this string of beads, await the sign
Light your sacred fires in the heart of the Turtle Land

The Great Star to the North
The Morning Sun to the East
Light the path of migration
Across the water to land in which we seek

Take this string of beads, await the sign
Light your sacred fires to consolidate all the clans

A voice speaks in the modern times
To guide us back to prosperity
On the shores of this Serpent Island
The People yearn for their ancient forest land

Take this string of beads, await the sign
Light your sacred fires in the the heart of the Turtle Land
Track Name: Red Ocher
Mesquaway (red)
Welamoh (paint)
Mockcottay (power)
Nepowa (dead)
Track Name: Azimuths To The Otherworld
A plume of smoke rising, aligning with the moon
A gateway to the sky road for ment lost too soon

We drum and we chant, with antlers worn high
For our departed shaman, who wanders the sky

A hallowed procession for otherworld flights
An angle to guide us on burial nights

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