Visions of Sound: Musical Instruments of First Nation Communities in Northeastern America

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University of Chicago Press, 1994 - Music - 221 pages
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The most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the musical instruments of native people in Northeastern North America, Visions of Sound focuses on interpretations by elders and consultants from Iroquois, Wabanati, Innuat, and Anishnabek communities. Beverley Diamond, M. Sam Cronk, and Franziska von Rosen present these instruments in a theoretically innovative setting organized around such abstract themes as complementarity, twinness, and relationship. As sources of metaphor—in both sound and image—instruments are interpreted within a framework that regards meaning as "emergent" and that challenges a number of previous ethnographic descriptions. Finally, the association between sound and "motion"—an association that illuminates the unity of music and dance and the life cycles of individual musical instruments—is explored.

Featuring over two hundred photographs of instruments, dialogues among the coauthors, numerous interviews with individual music makers, and an appended catalogue of over seven hundred instrument descriptions, this is an important book for all ethnomusicologists and students of Native American culture as well as general readers interested in Native American mythology and religious life.
 

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Contents

Cultural Knowledge Searching at the Boundaries
xvii
Relationship Complementarity and Twinness
15
Real
39
Languages of Sound
57
Languages of Image Design and Structure
91
Motion Cycles and Renewal
149
All the Nations
181
Bibliography
195
Index
205

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About the author (1994)

Merlin G. Myers (1923-91) was a professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University. The late Fred Eggan was an eminent anthropologist of the twentieth century who is especially noted for his studies of Native Americans in the Southwest and of Philippine tribal culture. M. Sam Cronk is a lecturer at Indiana University and a coauthor of "Visions of Sound: Musical Instruments of First Nation Communities in Northeastern America,

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