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How do the native americans make the bell sounds in their music?
wear the bells (often around their calves)
what are 2 less common instruments for Native Americans, seen in the Seminole portion of the video in class?
clave and prayer stones
overall, what stands out as a central theme in the construction of native american music?
simple and repetitive
What, in general is true in regards to performance and participation in native american music (and many other cultures)?
men perform, everyone participates
Why hasn't native american music become more complex?
oral tradition places limits; already complex in its own ways (dance especially), complexity is not important to them
Who was the conductor of the 1980 NY philharmonic in the youtube video of Pavarotti that we watched?
What was the purpose of watching Pavarotti in the Native American portion of our class?
to illustrate how musical complexity is important to us (as opposed to native americans)
Describe the drum sticks used by the Bear Creek pow wow group on youtube
look like miniature corn dogs, oblong, cotton batting, leather on the top
What was significant about how the bear creek pow wow group played their drum?
about 10 guys beat on one drum together, each using one stick
In regards to indians and pitch, who typically has high and low pitch, in relation to being northern or southern?
northern is low pitch, southern is high pitch
Yeibichai - what can be noticed about the singing?
men, call and response, falsetto AND low pitch (big dips), monophonic (in unison)
What are some characteristics of the Nightway ceremony?
masks to impersonate gods, teams compete, prayer offerings (for the sick), sand paintings
Grass dance - what can be noticed about the singing?
leader, male repeat, women, portamento at end of female sections, falsetto
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