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Native American Music in Eastern North America



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By Beverley Diamond. Subtitle: Experiencing Music; Expressing Culture. This case-study volume can be used along with the core Global Music Series books, Teaching Music Globally and Thinking Musically (item 803021) for the set of two books, available separately). Each case study book uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present.

This book explores 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. Case studies from several communitites - including the Iroquois, the Algonquian-speaking nations of the Atlantic seaboard, and the Inuit of the far north - are used for discussions on  intertribal celebrations, popular music projects, dance, art and film.

Accounts of local performances, interviews with tribal elders and First Nations performers, illustrations and hands-on listening activities are included. There is also a list of 18 songs representing a wide variety of styles that are referenced and available online. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study. The enclosed 70-minute CD contains 26 examples of the music discussed in the book, including several rare recordings.
208 pages.

CD track list
Music Selections Available on iMix
1. Traditions of Knowledge: Indigenous Knowledge and the Western Music School
2. Music and Historical Encounter: Inuit Communitites
3. Music and Historical Encounter: The Wabenaki and Other Eastern Algonquian Nations
4. Music and Historical Encounter: Haudenosaunee Music Culture with Occasional References to
       Cherokee Traditions
5. Contemporary Intertribal and Cross-Cultural Native American Music


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