This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Native American Music Essay

3345 words - 14 pages

Aidan Naughton
M Baptiste
MWF 2-3p

Native American Music: A Root of Contemporary Music Yet Explored

What is Native American Music?

As our class brainstormed ideas for research, I already knew what topic I wanted to explore. Having been a musician, closely involved with music my entire life, I directed my focus toward Native American music. Before I began to develop any sort of directed, narrowed research questions, I asked myself first, “What is Native American music?” Regarding various definitions of the so-called “genre,” I discovered that Native American music shouldn’t be typified into any genre or defined style of music. It was the perspective toward music that was ...view middle of the document...

It is not restricted to “creation myths or the idea of traditions reaching back into the origin of society; it is possible for the individual, at any time, to get in touch with higher powers and peak experience.” (Native American Music, 1980, p. 13) Whether it was dreams, revelations, visions, or memorable experiences, such material was received in the form of songs. To create songs or compose music was never a formality to indigenous peoples.
This outlook contrasts the “tradition of Euro-American scholarship to codify, classify, and categorize” (Native American Music, 1980, p. 4) and differs from the Euro-American awareness of form, construction, and formal teaching. In the “sophisticated” Euro-American culture, music was usually written down in some form of notation, whereas songs within Native American cultures were often passed down through elders. The Euro-American emphasis on complexity of style, music theory, and musical notation led to a classification of Native American music as colloquial or folk. However this implies a lack of sophistication, being that folk music is often equated with no awareness of form or construction, or formal technique of teaching. Again, this upholds to the Euro-American tendency to categorize, and is an outlook that we must avoid. When reading this paper, it is pertinent to consider Native American music not as a style or genre, but unique in its inspiration, method of creation, and philosophy.
After clarifying how to define Native American music, I directed my focus to discovering the scope of influence it had on the music culture we are familiar with today. Originally, I aimed to help my reader understand whether aspects of Native American music have influenced larger bodies of music or other music genres. Fortunately, the emphasis of individuality and freedom of expression in indigenous music led me to a parallel with the origins of blues music, and similarities with blues music’s definition and functional expression. Through this correlation I found the direction of my paper, proving that Native American music is deeply ingrained in modern music, and is not absent, but overlooked in its influence and involvement in blues music and the broader American music culture.

Native Blues: A Cloudy History, A Clear Connection

Time and Place
Similar to the obscurity in the origins of Native American music, the precise origins of blues music are ambiguous and difficult to define as well. Before the genre was documented, this style of music had existed and had been evolving over time, before the term blues had even been coined. However, the first traces and documentation of the style came at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. It is said that the blues began as a type of African American folk music, originating around the plantations of the “deep south.” Mentioned in an article written in 2011, titled The Origins of the Blues, it was in Northwestern Mississippi, in an area...

Other Essays Like Native American Music

Nations Review Part One

772 words - 4 pages this, I can understand that there is possibly no way to completely understand how life was or how Native American life began. Indians believed that God created the water and the fishes. When He created the Indians, the Indians knew their purpose in this world. As the video talks more about the different tribes of the Native Americans, they have people who quote stories of the Native Americans of how life began. These tribes built many

Black Jazz Musicians Essay

983 words - 4 pages ). "Page played with Moten and Basie." 1. The World of Count Basie Stanley Dance Review author[s]: John Dunford Popular Music, Vol. 2, Theory and Method. (1982), pp. 319-321. 2. Lester Young: Master of Jive Douglas Henry Daniels American Music, Vol. 3, No. 3. (Autumn, 1985), pp. 313-328. 3. Political and Musical Forces That Influenced the Development of Kansas City Jazz (in Papers of the 1989 National Conference on Black Music

Shelby's Essays

604 words - 3 pages were relatable to them. “Lost Your Head Blues” in particular was a sad love song that became a popular hit in the 1920’s, specifically 1926. Due to how the man was treating her with such disrespect, Smith sings about leaving the man she loves. Her music was considered to be classical blues based on the African American blues genre. Long before Smith’s time, this type of music with its sad and negative tone was already being played. For

Transformation of the Bass Culture

1556 words - 7 pages formed a significant basis for the transformation of the UK bass culture. Events such as the growing oppression of the minority groups promoted the spread of the bass culture. The increasing use of the skinhead music to spread the need for recognition of the minority groups in the UK facilitated the spread of the bass culture. It is also inarguable that, the development of the jungle sound in response to the growing dominance of the UK American hip

Soc 315 Week 2

2015 words - 9 pages Americans |Native Americans were already residing in |The 2010 census reported 2.9 million |Native Americans are known because of |Throughout history, Native Americans | | |what is known today as the United States |people with Native American heritage. |their humble background. Although the |were slain, abused, and now | | |when America was

Week 4 Assignment Product Assessment

1798 words - 8 pages perception of the brand and product line. There really not product differentiations for positioning a compact disc, other than the digital download. Different types of music on the compact disc, also the country native languages, the country culture and value. The choice is of the consumer to what type he or she may like either rap or folk and other genres. Conclusion Overall, I think that compact disc are losing their popularity due to the new

American Mass Media

707 words - 3 pages American mass media in foreign countries. In countries like India, parents worried about the influence of an American based pop culture, more specifically music television, on their children. An India born professor conducted research on this topic, analyzed the data, and wrote Becoming a Global Audience: Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television, an analysis of the impact of music television on the people of India. Three years of research

The Civil Rights Movement

1622 words - 7 pages During the civil rights movement, individuals including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, American youth and women along with civil rights organizations challenged segregation and discrimination with a variety of activities, including protest marches, boycotts, and refusal to abide by segregation laws. African Americans during the 1960s, most communities around America segregated blacks and whites in public

Tinseltown vs Natives

913 words - 4 pages a servant to the white people or they are savages who want to kill any white men. In John Ford’s “The Searchers”, numerous viewers rooted for John Wayne to find his niece who was kidnapped by an Indian tribe. Alexie, who is a Native American, stated, I mean, jeez, they had kidnapped Natalie Wood, transcendent white beauty who certainly didn't deserve to be nuzzled, nibbled, or nipped by some Indian warrior, especially an Indian warrior who

Race and Your Community

1851 words - 8 pages Race and Your Community John Marker ETH 125 August 22, 2010 Tameka Williams-Bruce Race and Your Community I was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, which consisted then, with a population of about 26,131 people within the community during the earlier nineteen fifties. From what I recall during these times, there were 4 ethnic groups which consisted mostly of whites, at five percent, Native American Indians at three percent, African

Economic and Social Change in the Late 20th Century

1031 words - 5 pages the major networks fell across the board. A new media environment has dramatically altered American mass culture. Movies and TV became intertwined, as TV hits became movies and various technologies such as VCRs and DVD made home movie viewing possible. MTV has forged a new aesthetic between music and visual images. CD players and the Internet have combined to revolutionize the way people listen to music. A new mass culture debate arose

Related Papers

Historical Report On Race

1049 words - 5 pages traditions, still practicing the music, art, and ceremonies that took place many years ago.” Indians, Native Americans (2014). Throughout the American history, the Native American has been the victim of legislation to restrict them of their rights as well as their land. As Andrew Boxer describes in an article he wrote for History Today (2009), “During the course of the nineteenth century they had been deprived of much of their land by forced removal

Afro American Music Essay

545 words - 3 pages world power focused international attention more pointedly on native U.S. cultural forms and styles.” As the Untied States grew in power, so did Afro-American music came to be with a social freedom and linguistic wealth instead of pecuniary wealth. Example, Jazz with its melody and vocalization shown frustrated aspirations and aggressive emotions of Afro-Americans. West agreement is Jazz grew to a socioeconomic and political contexts as a style

Music Paper

3924 words - 16 pages tradition over several centuries, it has contemporary traditions established primarily in India but also in Pakistan and Bangladesh. In contrast to Carnatic music, the other main Indian classical music tradition originating from the South, Hindustani music was not only influenced by ancient Hindu musical traditions, historical Vedic philosophy and native Indian sounds but also enriched by the Persian performance practices of the Mughals. Besides

Music Thru The Years Of The 20th Century

1345 words - 6 pages Music thru the years of the 20th Century By Jim Lemburg Eng 121 Week 5 Final Essay Music has changed much in the 20th century it started with modern Powwows by the Native Americans which is called Native American gospel it is a fusion of gospel and traditional music revolving around ceremonies. In Arizona and Mexico, waila, or chicken scratch, music, had arisen as a fusion of native Tohono O'odham music with German polka and