AIS 320 American Indian Music, Fall 2016

Fridays, 1:10-3:55pm

CA 152


Relationships among music, cultural perspectives, and collective and individual selves of American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. (Formerly AIS 220.)  


This course provides a broad overview of intertribal Native American music in the United States. Previous musical experience is not required. Special emphasis is placed on genres including powwow, Native American flute, and Native popular music including but not limited to jazz, rock, rap, classical, electronic, and folk. A crucial aspect to this overview is the notion that music is a social activity and therefore used by performers and listeners to “sound” unique social and political identities. Themes explored in this class include sounding community, sounding revitalization, sounding activism, and sounding unexpectedness. By the conclusion of the class it is hoped that students will expand upon their reading, writing, and listening skills in order to understand the complexity and cultural significance of a wide range of American Indian artistic practices as experienced over time and in different regional locations.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS (all textbook covers are © their respective owners and provided here for information purposes only)


Diamond, Beverley. 2008. Native American Music in Eastern North America. Global Music Series. New York: Oxford University Press.


Perea, John-Carlos. 2014. Intertribal Native American Music in the United States. Global Music Series. New York: Oxford University Press.