Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow (Music in American Life)

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9780252027147: Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow (Music in American Life)

An insider's journey into the dances and music, traditions and regalia of the intertribal pow-wow.

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Browner aims to document the contemporary intertribal pow-wow for future generations of Native peoples and to "offer non-Indian readers an entry point into a richly textured realm of music and dance." A Native American ethnomusicologist who teaches American Indian studies at UCLA, Browner is both participant and observer. As a dancer herself, she had immediate access to the community of pow-wow participants, and as a scholar she brings a historical and critical analysis to a politically sensitive subject. The introduction includes a summary and critique of 19th- and 20th-century pow-wow research, describing both its value and flaws. Descriptions of the diverse dance styles, regalia, songs, singing styles, and the structure of pow-wow events are covered in chapters separate from interviews. Browner limits her treatment of the subject to pow-wows of the Lakota and Anishnaabeg peoples, and, within this limit, this is an accessible work for both Native and non-Native, nonspecialist audiences. Recommended for both academic collections and large public libraries. Faye Powell, Portland State Univ., OR
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"The most comprehensive and detailed source available on the pow-wow, including an excellent compiliation of information on its origins as well as its various styles of music and dance."

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