Visions of Sound: Musical Instruments of First Nation Communities in Northeastern America / Edition 2

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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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Reports on a project that extended over nine years and 15 Native communities, concerning sound-producing instruments in Native communities in Northeastern America. The aim was to explore the symbolism of sound and image as expressed in the musical instruments of aboriginal communities in this broad geographic area by reflecting on the processes of interpretation used by Native consultants. Highly illustrated, including 16 pages of color. One criticism: the authors veer from one extreme of insecurity regarding their purposeful relationship to their ethnographic subjects, to the other extreme of smugness regarding their less culturally-sensitized academic brethren. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226144764
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 8.51 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations of Archival Collections
Ch. 1 Cultural Knowledge: Searching at the Boundaries 1
Ch. 2 Relationship, Complementarity, and "Twinness" 17
Ch. 3 "Real" 41
Ch. 4 Languages of Sound 59
Ch. 5 Languages of Image, Design, and Structure 93
Ch. 6 Motion, Cycles, and Renewal 151
App. A: All the Nations 183
Bibliography 197
Index 207
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