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Chad S Uran
AIS 110
Seattle Campus

Musical Traditions of Native North America

Utilizes historical and contemporary sources to survey the music and music-related traditions of Native North America. Examines traditional music and context from the Northwest Coast, Arctic, Southwest, Great Basin, Plains, Plateau, California, and Eastern Woodlands music-style areas, as well as contemporary neo-traditional and popular genres of American Indian music.

Class description

Who doesn't love music? But what does music do for us? Music can do more than express feelings or set a mood. Music can tell stories. Music can mark ceremonies. Music can teach. Because music expresses identity and traditions, music is political. This course will introduce students to the politics, practices, aesthetics, and purposes of North American Indigenous music. Our readings, as well as the musical examples, will be organized according to overlapping themes such as “welcoming, asking permission and thanksgiving," to “revitalization and resistance," and more.

Student learning goals

Students will learn that as with many Indigenous art forms, music exists in a means to express cultural continuity, and is embedded in and reflective of all aspects of Native American social life.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Chad S Uran
Date: 05/19/2013