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MU291 – Music in Culture: Native American Southwest
Music is central to Native Americans within both local communities and urban contexts, and its study illuminates important facets of Native social structure, ways of life, and world view. This course addresses Native musical cultures of the Southwestern United States in historical and contemporary perspectives, surveying diverse repertories including ceremonial, popular, and Native Classical musics. It focuses on the elements of style that create a distinctive sound within each musical repertory, and considers major concerns of Native musicians today, including musical preservation and revitalization, misappropriations of Native musics, and musical challenges to ethnic stereotypes. Students participate in hands-on performance workshops led by Native musicians. Assignments are project-based and discussion-oriented. Course material is enhanced by guided listening and films. All students are welcome; no prior musical background needed. This course meets the ethnomusicology requirement for the music minor. As a cross-listing with Anthropology, it centers on humans as producers of music, situates musical activity comparatively, and makes meaningful connections with the body of knowledge and theory of cultural anthropology. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2020-21).