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Native American melody

short musical motive, monophonic
well-defined phrase is attached sharply
text repeats
many scales/vocables
starts high then drops pitch

Native American rhythm

percussion accompaniment
single or duple meter
not syncopated

Native American instruments

drum, rattle, flute, Apache fiddle, robust vocal style

Native American performer characteristics

participatory - males sing and drum, females dance
through enculturation (birth)

Native American music purpose

part of daily life, religion, ceremonial, to transmit info, and tell a story

Native American culture/historical transference

oral - no notation

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