Ojibwa Dance Drum: Its History and Construction

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"Initially published in 1982 as volume two of the Smithsonian's Folklife Studies series, Thomas Vennum's The Ojibwa Dance Drum is widely recognized as a significant ethnography of woodland Indians. His refreshing undertaking combined aging anthropological field studies with new ethnographic fieldwork and led him deep into the study of the Ojibwa dance drum."
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Overview

"Initially published in 1982 as volume two of the Smithsonian's Folklife Studies series, Thomas Vennum's The Ojibwa Dance Drum is widely recognized as a significant ethnography of woodland Indians. His refreshing undertaking combined aging anthropological field studies with new ethnographic fieldwork and led him deep into the study of the Ojibwa dance drum."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873516426
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 638,124
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Vennum served as na ethmusicologist for twenty-seven years at the Smithsonian Institution. He is a specialist in Native American music, about which he has published extensively.

Rick St. Germaine is a professor of history a the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface 7

Acknowledgments 11

Foreword J. Richard Haefer 12

History

The Ojibwa and Their Music 14

The Origin and Early History of the Dance Drum 44

The Drum Dance and Its Functions 76

The Decline of the Drum Dance 132

Construction

The Drum Proper 156

Decorations 170

Accessories 209

Variants 241

Appendixes

The Dog Feast 250

The Lac Court Oreilles Drum Dance, circa 1940 253

Drum Society Structures 268

Soundtrack Transcription of the Film The Drummaker 271

Glossary of Ojibwa Terms 281

Key to Abbreviated Sources 285

Notes 286

Bibliography: Sources on the Ojibwa and Their Music 319

Afterword Rick St. Germaine 321

Index 333

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