Moving Within the Circle


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Moving Within the Circle 
Contemporary Native American Music and Dance. 2nd edition. (2008)
By Bryan Burton
Book and CD
152 pages

The 36 songs and dances in the second edition are in active use in Native communities and were taught directly to the author by members of the Apache, Haliwa-Saponi, Lakota, Oneida, Seneca and Zuni tribes, to name just a few. Selections for guided listening were contributed by numerous well-known contemporary recording artists including R. Carlos Nakai, Joanne Shenandoah, Keith Secola, Tom Bee and Ulali.

Moving Within the Circle offers a unique opportunity for educators to experience a wide variety of styles and genres ranging from traditional cedar flute melodies to a concert recording of a hard-driving rock anthem.

The book includes musical transcriptions, flute songs and guided listening experiences. Teaching Ideas are provided for each selection. Dance Instructions are included. The companion CD includes a recording of essentially every selection in the book.


Section 1: Entering the Circle: Learning to Learn
Research in the Oral Tradition (A Personal Odyssey)
The Trail of Tears
Teaching Native American Music and Dance
Sample Lesson: Bear Dance
MENC National Standards for Music

Section 2: Shaping the Sound: Style, Form, Substance
Music and Dance
Concept and Function
Chart of Regional Vocal Styles
Instruments - Strings, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and more

Section 3: Uniting the Circles: The Intertribal Pow-Wow
Visiting a Pow-Wow
Sharing in a Pueblo Feast Day

Section 4: Songs and Dances: Moving in the Circle
Traditional Songs
   Song to the Four Directions (Alabama-Coushatta)
   I Walk in Beauty (Apache/Navajo)
   Sunrise Call (Zuni Pueblo - Guided Listening)

Social Songs and Dances
   Introduction to Round Dances
   Round Dance (Intertribal)
   Pueblo Round Dance
   Friendship Dance (Western Apache)
   Intertribal Dance (Mid-Atlantic)
   Indian Two-Step (Tigua Pueblo)
   Haliwa-Saponi Canoe Dance
   Poi Waka (Maori)
   Making Poi
   The Legend of Star Woman
   One-Eyed Ford (Intertribal)
   When I Was Young (Apache)
   Picture Song (Lakota - Guided Listening)
   Rabbit Dance: Uncle Sam (Seneca)

Animal Songs and Dances
   Bear Dance (Haliwa-Saponi)
   How Bears Came Into Being (Guide and Story)
   Duck Dance (Southeastern Region)
   Raccoon Dance (Southeastern Region)
   Cuero Mohelam (Yaqui - Guided Listening)
   Dancing Song of the Skunk (Mandan)
   The Story of Coyote and Skunk

Music By and For Women: Songs of Tradition, Power and Honor
   O Hal'lwe (Nanticoke)
   Kunolounkwa (Oneida)
   Chippewa Lullaby - A Song's Journey
   Rabbit Song (Southern Cheyenne)
   Nanticoke Women's Shawl Dance
   Women's Honoring Song (Salish)
   Pottery Dance (Zuni)
   Basket Dance (Pueblo Ysleta del Sur)
   Ulali: Mahk Jchi (Guided Listening) 

Contemporary and AlterNATIVE Music (Guided Listening Section)
   AlterNATIVE Sounds: Native American Popular Music
   XIT: Nihaa Shil Hozho
   Keith Secola: NDN Kar
   Jackalope: Then There Was Wood
   Ghost Dance for Symphonic Orchestra
   Keith Secola: When I'm Far Away
   John Wayne's Teeth (from Smoke Signals)

Section 5: The Native American Flute: Song of the Wind
The Story of the First Flute
The Story of the Orphan Boy
Playing the Native American Flute
Kowa Love Song
Lakota Courting Song
Hidatsa Dance Song
Pueblo Sunrise Song and Call to Sunrise

Appendix A: A Selected Discography
Appendix B: Bibliography
Appendix C: Photos, Illustrations, Credits
Appendix D: Additional Resources


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