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American Indian Traditions From the 15 th through the 18 th centuries, approximately 1 to 2 million American Indians lived in North America north of Mexico. These peoples were identified by eight “roughly defined culture areas”: •Southeast (east of the Mississippi, roughly from Virginia south) •Northeast (east of the Mississippi, roughly north of Virginia •Plains (west of the Mississippi, east of the Rocky Mountains) •Southwest (California, Arizona, New Mexico) •Great Basin (roughly western Utah and most of Nevada) •Northwest Coast (northern California to coastal Alaska) •Plateau (north of the Great Basin, between the Northwest Coast and the Rockies) •North (sub-Arctic and Arctic) The musics of these culture areas share many common musical characteristics, but also differ in others. Music and cultural context closely connected: context specific (Frances Densmore: “ . . . the Indians used song as a means of accomplishing definite results.”) Music that had magical properties – often for healing or creating a social or personal
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2010 for the course MUSL MUSL 147 taught by Professor Lovensheimer during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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