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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 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

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'Beverley Diamond is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at York University in Canada. She is an ethnomusicologist recognized for her research on Native music cultures in North America, Canadian music historiography, and issues relating to gender and performance. She has directed several

large-scale collaborative research projects, most recently the Canadian Musical Pathways Project.


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CD Track List

1: Traditions of Knowledge: Indigenous Knowledge and the Western Music School

2: Music and Historical Encounter: Inuit Communities

3: Music and Historical Encounter: The Wabenaki and Other Eastern Algonquian Nations

4: Music and Historical Encounter: Haudenosaunee Music Culture with Occasional

5: Contemporary Inter-Tribal and Cross-Cultural Native American Music







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Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture Includes CD
Diamond, Beverley
null, Beverley
Oxford University Press
Indians of north america
History & Criticism - General
History and criticism
Music | World Music, Ethnomusicology
Music-Folk and Ethnic
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Global Music
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40 illus.
5.400 x 8.100 in 0.563 lb

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