AIS 110 Musical Traditions of Native North America
TWTh 940-1230 (B-TERM)
Instructor: Carol Warrior
5 Credits, VLPA
This course will introduce students to North American Indigenous music. Our goal will be to develop an awareness of the aesthetics, purposes, and innovations that characterize Native American musical forms. Students will learn about socio-historical contexts of colonization and sovereignty, and how they influence the production and reception of North American Indigenous musical expression. Other topics of focus will include issues of representation, cultural property ownership, and ethical concerns. Our readings, as well as the music we listen to and see performed in film, will be organized according to overlapping themes and genres such as “welcoming, asking permission and thanksgiving,” to “revitalization and resistance,” and more. Students will learnthat as with many Indigenous art forms, music exists in a means to express cultural continuity, and is embedded in all aspects of Native American social life.
Department of American Indian Studies
University of Washington