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Imagining Native America in Music$
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Michael V. Pisani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108934

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108934.001.0001

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Ethnographic Encounters

Ethnographic Encounters

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Imagining Native America in Music

Michael V. Pisani

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the influence of anthropological and ethnological studies on musical representation of North American Indians. It discusses efforts to dispel the noble savage idea of American Indians and suggests that many of the attitudes formed in popular culture about Indians were created indirectly in the nineteenth century by government agencies. It highlights the influence of anthropology and popular middlebrow culture on the iconographic and indexical representation of Indian music in American culture.

Keywords:   North American Indians, popular culture, government agencies, anthropology, popular middlebrow culture, Indian music, American culture

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