Indian Blues American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934

ISBN-10: 0806142693
ISBN-13: 9780806142692
Edition: N/A
Authors: John W. Troutman
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

From the late nineteenth century through the 1920s, the U.S. government sought to control practices of music on reservations and in Indian boarding schools. At the same time, Native singers, dancers, and musicians created new opportunities through musical performance to resist and manipulate those same policy initiatives. Why did the practice of music generate fear among government officials and opportunity for Native peoples?In this innovative study, John W. Troutman explores the politics of music at the turn of the twentieth century in three spheres: reservations, off-reservation boarding schools, and public venues such as concert halls and Chautauqua circuits. On their reservations, the Lakotas manipulated concepts of U.S. citizenship and patriotism to reinvigorate and adapt social dances, even while the federal government stepped up efforts to suppress them. At Carlisle Indian School, teachers and bandmasters taught music in hopes of imposing their “civilization” agenda, but students made their own meaning of their music. Finally, many former students, armed with saxophones, violins, or operatic vocal training, formed their own “all-Indian” and tribal bands and quartets and traversed the country, engaging the market economy and federal Indian policy initiatives on their own terms.While recent scholarship has offered new insights into the experiences of “show Indians” and evolving powwow traditions,Indian Bluesis the first book to explore the polyphony of Native musical practices and their relationship to federal Indian policy in this important period of American Indian history.

John W. Troutman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Citizenship of Dance: Politics of Music in the Reservation Environment
The "Dance Evil": Cultural Performance, the Press, and Federal Indian Policy
The Sounds of "Civilization": Music and the Assimilation Campaign in Federal Indian Boarding Schools
Learning the Music of Indianness
Hitting the Road: Professional Native Musicians in the Early Twentieth Century
Epilogue
Archives and Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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