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SUNDAY

“They took the whole Cherokee nation/Put us on this reservation/Took away our ways of life/The tomahawk and the bow and knife.” John D. Loudermilk’s heartfelt lyrics to “Indian Reservation” had three shots on the radio: Paul Revere & the Raiders’ pop hit in 1971, Don Fardon’s 1968 country take, and (with slightly different words) Marvin Rainwater’s 1960 version. But I don’t think Loudermilk is Cherokee. Lolly Vegas, on the other hand, is American Indian—Yaqui, in fact. But his 1974 hit “Come and Get Your Love” with Redbone failed to address American Indian issues (“Hail with it baby, ’cause you’re fine and you’re mine and you look so divine”). In the past 30 years, the indigenous peoples have not had much radio action. Undeterred, the Comanche Hymn Singers will present “songs of entreaty, praise, and celebration” in the Comanche language, which—to judge from snippets heard online—will soon be the new sound racing up the charts. The Comanche Hymn Singers perform at 10:30 a.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-1000.