Stock Image

Choctaw Music and Dance

Howard, James H.;Levine, Victoria Lindsay

5 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0806129131 / ISBN 13: 9780806129136
Published by Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.: Univ of Oklahoma Pr, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
Buy Used
Price: US$ 10.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

Offered By

Riverby Books
Fredericksburg, VA, U.S.A.

5-star rating

AbeBooks Seller Since June 4, 2001

About this Item

Softcover, glossy cover without folds or tears. 143 pages, no markings or writing. Binding square and tight, spine uncreased. Bookseller Inventory # NA-3881

Quantity Available: 1

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Choctaw Music and Dance

Publisher: Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

About this title

Synopsis:

The Choctaws are among the largest and best-known Indian tribes originally of the Southeastern United States, but over the centuries they have become one of the most acculturated to white ways, known more for what they absorbed of white culture than for their own distinctive traditions. Since the removal of the greatest part of the tribe to Oklahoma in the 1830s, Euro-American acculturation has become especially dominant. Nevertheless, among the isolated group of Choctaws that remained in Mississippi after Removal and a few individuals in Oklahoma, the old tribal dances and songs have been preserved.

This book discusses all aspects of the Choctaw dances and songs performed today by dance troupes in Mississippi and Oklahoma. It describes the social organization of the troupes, the construction and use of their musical instruments, and their costumes. Extensive historical information surveys the early literature on Choctaw music and dance, the divergent experiences of the Mississippi and Oklahoma Groups, and the recent movement toward cultural revival among traditionalists in both states.

The choreography for each dance that survives in the Choctaw repertory is described in detail and illustrated by photographs. The book also contains an overview of Choctaw dance music, with a classification of the song and in-depth analyses of musical elements, form, and design. The structure of dance events is reconstructed here for the first time. Musical transcriptions of thirty songs are included.

The authors, using a comparative approach, have focused on the relationship between contemporary performances in Oklahoma and Mississippi. Despite regional variations in performance practice, the Choctaws have sustained considerable continuity in their dance and music in this century, successfully resisting fierce pressure to assimilate and thereby lose all remaining vestiges of their culture.

This is the first book-length study of Choctaw music and dance since 1943, with much new information on the dances. It will be welcomed by ethnomusicologists, dance ethnologists, students of Native American culture, anthropologists, folklorists, and anyone interested in American Indian dance.

About the Author:

James H. Howard, who received the Ph.D. degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan, was Professor of Anthropology at Oklahoma State University until his untimely death while this book was in progress. American Indian studies had long been Howard’s special field on interest, and he wrote several books and many articles for anthropological journals on related subjects.

Victoria Lindsay Levine is Assistant Professor of Music in The Colorado College, Colorado Springs. She is an Ethnomusicologist specializing in music of North American Indians.



Bruno Nettl is an eminent ethnomusicologist specializing in American Indian music. He is Professor of Music and Anthropology in the University of Illnois.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We're at 805 Caroline Street, in the heart of Fredericksburg's historic district. Open Monday to Saturday 10-6; and Sunday 12-5. In warmer months we stay open until 9 most nights, but you might want to call ahead. (540) 373-6148

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Regular shipping by USPS Media Mail is $4.
Priority Mail for most books is $6.50, more if over two pounds or farther away.
Oversized books often cost more to mail -- ESPECIALLY FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS --
If the book is described as Oversized, Priority shipping will usually cost more, as well.
Global Priority $27.00 Other international by item and destination.
We accept checks and money orders.
You may return books for any reason within 2 weeks after they get to you.


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order