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Native American Music in Eastern North America

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Beverley Diamond

Publication Date - 30 November 2007

ISBN: 9780195301045

208 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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This volume looks at how performance traditions of Native North Americans have been influenced by traditional social values and cultural histories, as well as by encounters with other indigenous groups and newcomers from Europe and Africa.


Native American Music in Eastern North America is one of many case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.
Native American Music in Eastern North America is one of the first books to explore the contemporary musical landscape of indigenous North Americans in the north and east. It shows how performance traditions of Native North Americans have been influenced by traditional social values and cultural histories, as well as by encounters and exchanges with other indigenous groups and with newcomers from Europe and Africa. Drawing on her extensive fieldwork and on case studies from several communities--including the Iroquois, the Algonquian-speaking nations of the Atlantic seaboard, and the Inuit of the far north--author Beverley Diamond discusses intertribal celebrations, popular music projects, dance, art, and film. She also considers how technology has mediated present-day cultural communication and how traditional ideas about social roles and gender identities have been negotiated through music.
Enhanced by accounts of local performances, interviews with tribal elders and First Nations performers, vivid illustrations, and hands-on listening activities, Native American Music in Eastern North America provides a captivating introduction to this under-examined topic. It is packaged with an 80-minute audio CD containing twenty-six examples of the music discussed in the book, including several rare recordings. The author has also provided a list of eighteen songs representing a wide variety of styles--from traditional Native American chants to an Inuit collaboration with Björk--that are referenced in the book and available as an iMix at www.oup.com/us/globalmusic.

Table of Contents

    CD Track List
    1. Traditions of Knowledge: Indigenous Knowledge and the Western Music School
    Names Matter!
    Writing this Book as an Encounter
    Traditional Ways of Knowing
    Traditional Indigenous Knowledge
    The Great Texts of Native American Communities as TIK?
    Language, Oral Transmission, and Worldview
    Place and Attention to the Environment
    The Inseparability of Traditional Indigenous Knowledge, Oral Transmission, and Experience
    What Ethnomusicology Brings to the Study
    2. Music and Historical Encounter: Inuit Communities
    Traditional Genres of Song
    Inuit Musical as Historical Record and Judicial System
    Inuit Music as Play
    New Throat Singing Encounters: Local-Global Tensions
    3. Music and Historical Encounter: The Wabenaki and Other Eastern Algonquian
    Retaining Pre-Contact Forms of Traditional Knowledge
    Spaces Beyond Colonial Control
    Rituals of Renewal
    Narratives and Performances that Relate to Encounter
    Indigenous Uses of New Performance Traditions
    Christian Hymns
    Secular Repertoires and Contexts
    Contemporary Wabenaki Social Dance and Song Traditions
    Introducing the Haudenosaunee
    4. Music and Historical Encounter: Haudenosaunee Music Culture with Occasional References to Cherokee Traditions
    Attending a Sing
    Traditional Knowledge and Modernity: Contemporary Adaptations of Social Dance Songs
    Haudenosaunee Singers and Social Dance Songs
    Iroquois Hymns
    Traditional Knowledge and Encounter
    5. Contemporary Inter-Tribal and Cross-Cultural Native American Music
    Powwows in Eastern North America
    Powwow Fundamentals
    The Commodification of Powwow Music
    Contemporary Popular Music and Theatre
    Contemporary Native American Music and Identity

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