Many Montanans associate American Indian music with powwow drumming or the Native American flute. Varieties of both of these musical forms are important to Indians all across America. However, Indians have also contributed to American music in virtually every major genre of music, including traditions often associated with distinctly non-Indian ethnic groups, like rap, reggae, and country western. This presentation looks at the history and development of Indian music from the traditional to the contemporary and explores a broad spectrum of American Indian music ranging from blues to folk, country to gospel, and heavy metal to hip-hop. You may be surprised by how many of your favorite musicians are American Indians.
Scott Prinzing, director of education and coordinator of music and Native American programming for MusEco Media and Education Project.
Funded project of Humanities Montana. Humanities Montana is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.