Review #21 - spiritually. The story of Dirty Face consists...

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Zach Holland Na Am Music Review #21 Group #2 The Story of Dirty Face: Power and Song in Western Washington As I have learned in class this year, story telling is the main way the youth of Pacific Northwest indigenous communities learn life lessons. It is no different for the Coast Salish people of western Washington. Their myth telling usually takes place in the winter months and is traditionally seasonal events. Their solo or group songs are accompanied with instruments such as the drum and rattle. The singing of the Coast Salish people is also accompanied with dancing and songs can be received spiritually and handed down through a family. But another way a song can be received is that a song can simply be composed by a group of singers. I find this to be unique seeing that I have learned that in some tribes even writing the song makes it lose its spiritual power so I wonder how much power a song can have if it is made up by a group of singers. In the tribes that consider songs to have spiritual power most of the songs are received
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Unformatted text preview: spiritually. The story of Dirty Face consists of a man who lives with his in-laws who has a very dirty face because he brings in the wood. The family repeatedly asks Dirty Face to clean his face off but he refuses to do so. Finally he agrees to wash his face and as he is doing so the south wind and rain both pick up, the mountain snow melts resulting in the world being flooded. Before I continue my reading I must note that I dont understand why this story is so important in the Coast Salish community. I guess one reason the story is told is so that children have better hygiene. This myth as explained is in song form. It has a melodic range and a specific meter making it a song. There are many variations of this song but all share the same background. I would like to hear most of these stories personally at one of the seasonal events. I want to see how myths like this one can be sung and what instruments accompany them....
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course MUS 265 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Washington State University .

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