Aboriginal Music in Contemporary. Echoes and Exchanges by Anna Hoefnagels

By Anna Hoefnagels

Contemporary Aboriginal tune from powwow to hip hop, the folk that make it, and the problems that form it.

First international locations, Inuit, and Métis track in Canada is dynamic and numerous, reflecting continuities with past traditions and cutting edge ways to making new musical sounds. Aboriginal track 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 wish to be.

Comprised of essays, interviews, and private reflections through Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians and students alike, the gathering highlights subject matters of innovation, instructing and transmission, and cultural interplay. person chapters talk about musical genres starting from well known types together with kingdom and pa to nation-specific and intertribal practices reminiscent of powwows, in addition to hybrid performances that comprise track with theatre and dance. As an entire, this assortment demonstrates how track is...

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Like that of Ridington, Chrétien’s project is Internet-based. The final two chapters in the second group are reflections by First Nations people on their own learning processes in urban communities. Both Beverly Souliere and Jimmy Dick actively sought ways to deepen their knowledge of traditional Aboriginal culture and to form new “communities of practice” (Wenger 1998) in Ottawa and Toronto respectively. Both have become important teachers. The final section explores contemporary cultural interaction and the inherent negotiation processes that are part of any intercultural interaction.

Several surveys of published studies of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis music in regions that today comprise Canada provide good bibliographic accounts of historical literature relevant to this anthology. 2 I offer observations about themes and styles of representation that have emerged in work by and about Canadian Aboriginal people, not with a view to demarcating any sort of national distinction but to see how specific relationships between people and places have influenced our narratives. Indeed, this is arguably the justification for compiling a volume of studies bounded by the contemporary nation-state.

Themes: Stories of Individuals Oral histories and autobiographical narratives17 have been significant in their own right as means of giving song carriers and other culture bearers a voice about their own role in maintaining and revitalizing culture. The Sound of the Drum (1990), compiled by Michael Sam Cronk for the Woodland Cultural Centre, is an important anthology of interviews with First Nations musicians whose diverse practices range from Haudenosaunee song to brass bands. 18 Paul’s story is narrated somewhat differently in a text edited by Peter Kulchyski and colleagues (1999).

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