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Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America

By: Levine, Victoria Lindsay Robinson, Dylan

Part of the Music / culture series
0819578630 / 9780819578631
Paperback / softback
Published 01/05/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 360 pages
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Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America is a collaboration between Indigenous and settler scholars from both Canada and the United States.

The contributors explore the intersections between music, modernity, and Indigeneity in essays addressing topics that range from hip-hop to powwow, and television soundtracks of Native Classical and experimental music.

Working from the shared premise that multiple modernities exist for Indigenous peoples, the authors seek to understand contemporary musical expression from Native perspectives and to decolonize the study of Native American/First Nations music.

The essays coalesce around four main themes: innovative technology, identity formation and self-representation, political activism, and translocal musical exchange.

Closely related topics include cosmopolitanism, hybridity, alliance studies, code-switching, and ontologies of sound.

Featuring the work of both established and emerging scholars, the collection demonstrates the centrality of music in communicating the complex, diverse lived experience of Indigenous North Americans in the twenty-first century and brings ethnomusicology into dialogue with critical Indigenous studies.


1KBB USA, AVA Theory of music & musicology, JFSL9 Indigenous peoples, JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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