Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and by Anna Hoefnagels

By Anna Hoefnagels

First international locations, Inuit, and Métis track in Canada is dynamic and various, reflecting continuities with previous traditions and leading edge techniques to making new musical sounds. Aboriginal tune in modern Canada narrates a narrative of resistance and renewal, fight and luck, as indigenous musicians in Canada negotiate who they're and who they need to be. created from essays, interviews, and private reflections by way of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians and students alike, the gathering highlights subject matters of innovation, educating and transmission, and cultural interplay. person chapters speak about musical genres starting from well known types together with state and dad to nation-specific and intertribal practices akin to powwows, in addition to hybrid performances that contain tune with theatre and dance. As an entire, this assortment demonstrates how tune is a strong software for articulating the social demanding situations confronted via Aboriginal groups and a great way to confirm indigenous power and satisfaction. Juxtaposing scholarly learn with creative perform, Aboriginal song in modern Canada celebrates and significantly engages Canada's brilliant Aboriginal track scene. individuals comprise Véronique Audet (Université de Montreal), Columpa C. Bobb (Tsleil Waututh and Nlaka'pamux, Manitoba Theatre for younger People), Sadie dollar (Haudenosaunee), Annette Chrétien (Métis), Marie Clements (Métis/Dene), Walter Denny Jr. (Mi'kmaw), Gabriel Desrosiers (Ojibwa, college of Minnesota, Morris), Beverley Diamond (Memorial University), Jimmy Dick (Cree), Byron Dueck (Royal Northern university of Music), Klisala Harrison (University of Helsinki), Donna Lariviere (Algonquin), Charity Marsh (University of Regina), Sophie Merasty (Dene and Cree), Garry Oker (Dane-zaa), Marcia Ostashewski (Cape Breton University), Mary Piercey (Memorial University), Amber Ridington (Memorial University), Dylan Robinson (Stó:lo, collage of Toronto), Christopher Scales (Michigan kingdom University), Gilles Sioui (Wendat), Gordon E. Smith (Queen's University), Beverly Souliere (Algonquin), Janice Esther Tulk (Memorial University), Florent Vollant (Innu) and Russell Wallace (Lil'wat).

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Several reference sources compiled by Native Americans have included significant material on music-related topics and individuals; see, for instance, Rayna Green’s The British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America (1999) or Duane Champagne’s Native America: Portrait of the Peoples (1994). 3 This volume’s bibliography includes work on the northern powwow and other topics relevant to First Nations who live both north and south of the Canada-US border. 4 A number of very short articles in bulletins or newsletters relevant to this chapter are not included in the volume’s bibliography.

Narratives, often told before or after a song performance, are used to contextualize the songs and to maintain their genealogical and historic associations. Knowledge about nááchęyinéʔ is accrued through time as people are exposed to the songs in different performance settings and by different performers with their own body of knowledge about the songs. Information typically associated with each song by song keepers and some community members includes its dreamer, its message from Heaven, and its significance in Dane-zaa history.

Lynn Whidden (2003a, 2003b, 2000, 1993) has written about their song traditions. In Saskatoon the Gabriel Dumont Institute has played a major role in producing anthologies of prairie Métis music (see Dorion-Paquin 2002 for one of its most popular publications). Many studies of Métis culture emphasize, however, that self-identifying either as a member of a First Nation or as a Métis is a complicated process, one that is historically and politically contingent. The distinctive features of Métis instrumental music (heterometric fiddle tunes in particular) have been described in numerous publications.

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